This month Community Connections is offering a taste of the history of beer and brewing in the Quad Cities with the authors of Quad Cities Beer: A History.
The Quad Cities have a rich history of brewing that started with the influx of German citizens in the 1800s. Breweries were established on both sides of the Mississippi River. Some of these historic breweries managed to reopen after Prohibition, but national competition ultimately closed the last of these stalwarts in 1956. In 1989, Iowa created a special class "A" brewpub permit, and the first of many brewpubs in the area, Front Street Pub & Eatery, opened in 1992. Blue Cat, on the Illinois side of the river, opened shortly after. The brewing renaissance has helped to establish the Quad Cities as a craft beer destination. Join authors Michael McCarty and Kristin DeMarr as they celebrate the heady heritage of the region.
There will be books for sale after the program.
Kristin DeMarr has been a college English/film instructor part-time and a freelance writer and editor for many years. Kristin was the winner of the 2019 Iron Pen Contest in the non-fiction category from the Midwest Writing Center. While you can find her writing many places, of particular interest for attendees of this presentation, Kristin writes a newsletter The QC Brew Scene at Substack.
Kristin lives in Davenport, Iowa, with her four children, two dogs, and eight birds.
Michael McCarty has been a writer since 1983 and is the author of over 50 books of fiction and non-fiction. Michael is a five-time Bram Stoker Finalist and won the David R. Collins Literary Achievement Award from the Midwest Writing Center in 2008.
Michael lives in Rock Island, with his wife Cindy, and a pet rabbit, Yeti.
Community Connections is sponsored by The Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library. Registration is not required.