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LOCATION TEMPORARILY CLOSED - PLEASE VISIT THE TAPROOM. - Front Street Brewery is the oldest continually operating brew pub and second oldest continually operating brewery in the state of Iowa. Established in 1992, it was the 300th craft brewery in the United States, founded by master brewer and engineer, Steve Zuidema. The brewery’s humble beginnings featured a 7-barrel brew house in the basement of the current restaurant location on East River Drive in downtown Davenport. The 100 year-old building is nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River in what was once known as the “Bucktown” neighborhood. In those days, River Drive was known as Front Street. The Bucktown neighborhood itself was known for its plethora of drinking establishments and houses of ill repute, which earned Davenport the moniker of “Wickedest City in America.”

Just months after opening Front Street Brewery, the “Great Flood of the Mississippi River” engulfed most of downtown Davenport in 1993 and completely submerged the entire brew pub, including the original basement-level brewery. Out of this tragedy one of Front Street’s flagship beers, Raging River, was born and the brew pub pressed on.

In 2012 the brewing operation moved to its current location in The Freight House, just four blocks away on West River Drive. The Zuidema-designed brew house was upgraded to a 15-barrel system that fed four 15-barrel fermentation vessels, all manufactured locally by Crawford Company under Steve’s direction. This move was the impetus for the restaurant to expand seating and kitchen space, while a tap room opened inside the new brewery.

In 2016 Front Street Brewery was acquired by the current ownership group, who increased fermentation capacity to five 30-barrel vessels, allowing for distribution-level production. Front Street Brewery prides itself on making quality, consistent brews crafted by hand – enjoy one today!

It is be an exciting time for any brewer in the U.S. right now, we are at a time of innovation and experimentation in the brewing industry, that has brewers constantly asking, what beer is and what can it be and where does our brewery fit in to it all.  The craft beer movement in this country has us constantly testing the limitations that we thought beer had, and that is pretty exciting.  We at Front Street are also always excited by the social aspect of beer, we love to see people come into the Taproom and connect and make memories over pint. 

Front Street Brewery produced over 2,500 barrels of beer in 2018.

Core Beers:

Cherry Bomb Blonde: An American light hybrid beer with a mild, moderately sweet malt flavor and subtle fruitiness courtesy of the cherry.  The result is a refreshingly light and aromatic brew, an instant classic! ABV 5.4% IBU 15

Davenport Gold: A satisfying American ale, pale straw in color with a sweet corn-like aroma and a crisp, clean finish.  Smooth, balanced and refreshing.  ABV 5.4% IBU 15

Weiz Guy: Our take on the instantly recognizable German wheat beer that’s staked its claim on palates around the world.  Brewed with noble German yeast, this refreshingly sweet and smooth brew features a citrusy, tart aroma with significant notes of banana and clove.  Prost! ABV 6.2% IBU 15

Raging River IPA: An English-inspired American India Pale Ale (IPA) with incredible balance, featuring an earthy, slightly fruity hop aroma with moderately bready malt notes.  A bronze colored IPA that you don’t need a beard to drink-this is your gateway IPA. ABV 7.0% IBU 60ABV 5.4%    IBU 15

Vanilla Porter: Based on the original Robust Porter, our version pairs highly-roasted barley with organic Madagascar vanilla to reveal rich layers of caramel, toffee, and coffee.  A complex, decadent brew.  ABV 6.4% IBU 30

Bucktown Stout: A classic dry stout, extra dark in color with a smooth mouth feel and dark-roasted malt notes that are slightly reminiscent of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate.  Just the right amount of hops rounds out the brew for a perfect finish.  This is the espresso of beers.  ABV 6.4% IBU 30

Rotating Selections:

Rotating IPA: These India Pale Ales (IPAs) feature intense hop aromas and flavors, balanced with enough malt to suit the Brewers’ tastes.  Most of our IPAs are dry-hopped for an extra pungent punch, which can range from grassy to fruity in flavor with a nice, bitter finish.  If you’re a hophead, be sure to ask about our Rotating IPA, as it changes with the seasons and the Brewers’ frame of mind.  ABV – Varies  IBU 60-100

Brewmaster Special: Our Brew Master Special is an ever changing limited production beer.  These recipes keep the creative juices flowing and the consumer palate hoppy. Our Brew Master Special allows us to provide seasonally relevant beers, showcasing exciting new and seasonal ingredients and as well as innovative and experimental brewing techniques. ABV-Varies  IBU-Varies


location_on208 E. River Drive, Davenport
descriptionAbout Front Street Pub and Eatery
TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR FLOOD RENOVATION - English style brew pub, brewing hand crafted beers on premises with a casual dining atmosphere. Enjoy the relaxing outdoor beer garden. Banquet facility available!