Mike McCarty and Kristin DeMarr, Authors, Presentation/Book Signing of "Quad Cities Beer: A History"

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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. Bent River, 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. Meet authors Michael McCarty and Kristin DeMarr to welcome them and celebrate the publication of their latest book.