Knowledgable bar tenders, but they donít pay much attention to you when your glass gets empty. The beer is average to good, but nothing that would make me drive the hour and a half to Des Moines just to get it. IMO this is the second best brew pub option in the Des Moines area, the first being Rock Bottom, and I would rather go to El Bait Shop or Hessen Haus before here. If youíre in the area you may as well stop by for a flight and judge yourself.
Stopped by on a Saturday night. Surprisingly, it was easy to find two seats at the bar, and the bartender was quick to serve us. Bartender was also very friendly, so service gets an easy 10. Nice ambiance, but it is really dark at the bar. Not that I expect it to be bright, but a little more light would be nice. Didnít try the food, but it looked very nice. Beer prices were very reasonable, but food prices are high--expect around $10 for the cheapest starter. Selection was good, with three barrel aged beers on tap, along with their regulars and seasonals. A little more upscale than I was expecting, but overall a nice place that I definitely plan on revisiting...for beer anyways, I canít afford the food at this point.
Nice cask rye pale ale, very good off-site brewed hard cidar (nicely filtered). Rest of beers I tried (Stout, Infatuation, IPA) were mediocre. Was sold out of 21st Amendment IPA.
Very good food, nice atmosphere, good bartender who had a half-salad made for me. Welcoming place, outside seating on somewhat busy, very safe street. Found parking two blocks away, on a Tuesday night. Must be busy on a weekend... where else is there to go in central Iowa on the weekends?
Solid brewpub. I love the atmosphere - dark and wood, my kind of place. Pretty good number of house taps, most of which are decent, but unspectacular. Seems like they are doing a little bit of "brewing for the masses", which is fine, but the beers themselves arenít exciting enough to make this a "canít miss" place everytime Iím in town.
waitress Amanda very helpful with all my questions, crowd was mixture of old and young service was great she broke down every beer for me. Had the Reuben excellent not to pricy better than some restaurants I would recommend to anybody
Been here twice and will return anytime I am in Des Moines. The much better of the w brewpubs in downtown. Average but large brewpub by looks. It is in the downtown area of Des Moines, so there are other nightlife things but it is just Des Moines. Service was average but the brewer is willing to talk to anyone, he is really nice. Food: was average restaurant stuff. The beer: well the selection is large, love that. I think I had like 13 different beers once, with the seasonal, a brewerís reserve and a cask. No flaws in the beers except the barrel stuff can be a bit underwhelming. All the regular stuff is solid, the brewer experiments all the time. Unfortunately, there is a 6.2 cap in Iowa. I will be back for sure. Seems to always have a barrel beer going and a cask.
Visited for lunch on February 7, 2009. I was a large group of 11 which included 5 kids. The building itself is in a restored / renovated building in a nice part of downtown Des Moines. Very comfortable space with large tables in the dining area, and a big bar area. The two areas were nicely separated. I only had time for one beer, though they had about 6 regulars and a seasonal (Porter) on when I was there. Service was great, very attentive. Handled the kids very well, with fun games for them to play. Menu has nice diversity, and everyone was happy with the food they ordered. I had the Jambalaya on the recommendation of the waiter, and it was goodish. The Portabello sandwich looked great, I would likely get that next time. Overall, a nice place to grab lunch, particularly for a larger group.
This place is all right, and they do a good job with their cask conditioned beers. I rarley have something here that I donít like in the way of beer and they make a fairly broad range of styles. You can always sample the beers, and I always do. This is the best brewpub in Des Moines, but that isnít saying too awful much. The ambiance is great, they have plenty of old Brewerina all over the place. I enjoy it. The food is always very good too.