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Quad Citians Gear Up for Craft Beer Week

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It is a week dedicated to beer, and to those who craft it in our area. And some say it will bring visitors here from outside the area.

It is Quad Cities Craft Beer Week. Organizers say the idea is to locals discover what they can't find on every store shelf, and let tourists discover the Quad Cities at the same time. Starting Saturday, May 4th, it's an eight-day celebration, with what organizers call a simple message. Tim Koffarnus says, "Craft beer is good. Enjoy it. Try all the different varieties that are there and have a good time."

It's an idea local business owners were quick to embrace. Against the Grain owner Rich Nunez says, "It's the whole idea of promoting all the different beers that are out here, bringing awareness to people of these different styles." Nunez is about to celebrate his first year of serving up a rotating list of ten different craft beers here at his business.

Brewers at Davenport's Great River Brewery tell us, with four standard beers and a seasonal or two on tap, their business is growing exponentially.And with a handful of breweries on both sides of the river, so is the Quad Cities' craft brew scene. "We're just bursting at the seams right now," Brewer Trevor Krutzfeldt says. He says he sees it at Great River. "I know people from across the country, everybody's looking for the next big beer to try." And brewers say it could be right here in our backyard, which good for local fans and our entire community.

Downtown Davenport Partnership Director Kyle Carter says, "There's a huge tourist following for this around the country. It's growing. And I think we have a real opportunity in the Quad Cities to get on the national map for making great locally brewed beer." Serving it up to Quad Citians and customers from points beyond.

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