United States > Iowa > Des Moines
jcnielsen (252) Charlotte, North Carolina | May 11, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
This place reminds me a lot of a Rock Bottom, kind of an upscale sports bar/brewpub. The beers were below average for a brewpub. If Iím in Des Moines in the future, I would definitely go to Court Avenue over Raccoon River.
csaso (162) Missouri | March 27, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Nice little place in downtown Des Moines. About 5 of their own regular beers plus 2-3 seasonals. Had the Homstead Red - nothing speical. Ate lunch here and it was OK, again nothing special but not bad.
GJF (44) Mount Vernon, Iowa | August 26, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Itís an OK place. Big warehouse, kind of fern-bar. Pleasant enough at the bar. Decent servers. Their beers are quite up and down and the food is standard so-so.
adnielsen (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | April 8, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 10/20
I sat in the bar which has a sportsbar like atmosphere. The service was good but the beers were not very good. There wasnít a whole lot of people there either which was strange for a Saturday night at 5pm.
BVery (499) Plymouth, Minnesota | December 29, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Fun place - free pool, good food, a good number of house taps available, and a couple "guest" bottles. The beer is just okay - nothing spectacular. Fun place if you want to have a couple and shoot some pool, but not really a beer destination.
CanIHave4Beers (74) Pouring Bus, Iowa | February 4, 2009
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
The building looks nice, and the atmosphere is ok if you stay downstairs. I donít find myself going here very often even though I live about a half a mile away. I donít usually like the scene here and the beer isnít worth me going. They make a good IPA sometimes, and a few others are worth trying, but those are usually on tap at other places in Des Moines. meh
3fourths (1401) Boulder, Colorado | August 27, 2008| Updated April 20, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Large building in downtown, a lot of dark wood paneling, resembles a Rock Bottom. Beer quality is below average, selection is decent: 5 standards + 3 seasonals (wit, pils, wheat). Service was fine. Family dining with a lot of Miller Lite drinkers. I think I should have hit the other brewpub in downtown.
Probiere (46) Iowa | May 2, 2007
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Nice enough food and okay beer. A slightly upscale business crowd.
SledgeJr (106) Omaha, Nebraska | December 3, 2006| Updated July 1, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Iíd recommend that you visit this place if you find yourself in Downtown Des Moines. Itís as good as Court Avenue Brewing and usually has a large number of beer on tap. I think the best time to be had is at the Hessen Haus, but I have always enjoyed the experience here.
GeneralGao (222) Iowa City, Iowa | November 12, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Big place located in downtown Des Moines in the same general area as Court Ave Brewing Company. They had 7 of their own beers on tap and offered a sampler. No cask conditioned ales unfortunately. Service was good. The place was not overly crowded at 8 PM on a Saturday night, but there was a pretty good crowd. Service was decent. I did not eat. Iíll try the food next time.
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