United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Dansting (114) Overland Park, Kansas | June 27, 2007
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Dropped by Sunday afternoon for some appetizers and the eight-beer sampler. All of the beers were good to excellent. Their Blackhawk Stout was their best beer, and Iím not even a stout fan. The place was in a cool-looking part of Des Moines that looks like was part of a downtown renovation project or something. Older-looking building, but looked new and nice on the inside. The service was excellent. Definitely worth the trip if in Des Moines or traveling through.
biggenius29 (6) Hamilton, Michigan | June 13, 2007
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I was in Des Moines for a convention this past weekend and wanted to hit a brewpub while there, I did some searching on ratebeer and desided to give this pub a try, thanks alot ratebeer. Ok, this was a very nice place, the food was good, I ordered a steak, and it was a little tough, (tougher than it should be for being medium rare.) The beer was good too, my first one was there Belgian White, and I was very impressed with it, I then ordered a Burbon Barrel amber. That was very good too. That is the extent of the beer I had. The service was awsome, the waiter we had was a fellow homebrewer, so we talked homebrewing and beer for a while, he then took me to the brewery to show it to me. My wife wanted to go to the Granite City brewpub, but I talked her into this place, she was happy she listened to me, and she is a hard one to please.
DarthMall1414 (2) | May 5, 2007
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Itís hard for me to give this place a fair rating, because itís like a home away from home. I think itís fair to say their standard lineup of beers is very strong. However, I always find myself gravitating towards the seasonals, which are usually outstanding. The Brewmaster does very well with Belgian styles, even though Iowaís archaic laws hamper brewing these to their proper strength. The Octoberfest is always wonderful and runs out fast. Ask about brewerís special beers as well. These are typically small batch, well-aged beers. They are somewhat more expensive but definitely worth it. The food is excellent, day in/day out. Try the jambalaya (spice it up) or the ragin cajun pizza, or whatever fish is on special. This place also really welcomes families, with a good kidís menu and great draft rootbeer. If you happen to be around for a brewerís dinner, donít hesitate to pull the trigger. It will be one of the best meals you ever had, and a tremendously fun time. Unfortunately, of course, youíll probably end up drinking a lot of good beer.
Probiere (46) Pennsylvania | May 2, 2007
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Nice atmosphere, I stopped in for lunch and the food was quite good if slightly overpriced. The beers had a lot of flavor for being exclusively session styles. Probably the most consistently decent beers of the Iowa brewpubs Iíve visited and also the only one that doesnít seem to try to combine family/large group dining with slightly upscale food + sports (a combination that really irks me).
SledgeJr (106) Omaha, Nebraska | December 3, 2006
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
When this place first opened, I thought that it was the bomb. The waitstaff totally loved ber and the styles of beer made here were very daring and exotic. They must have changed management because these things no longer exist here. The food is good, but pricey. The beer is good, but safe and common. The staff is beer stupid now. Thereís so many great beer sites in and around Court Avenue that you will definitely want to drop in here if you are out of town, but this is no longer the must-see brewpub that it once was.
GeneralGao (222) Iowa City, Iowa | November 12, 2006| Updated March 30, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Been here many times. Located in a beautiful old brick building in downtown Des Moines a few blocks from the river. They typically have 8-ish of their own beers on tap including a cask version of one of them and at least one seasonal. As of Spring 2008 they are smoke free! Kudos for that. They offer a sampler of all their beers. The food is respectable. Service tends to be good even when crowded. One of the better brewpubs in Iowa.
DreamFielder (5) Dubuque, Iowa | October 20, 2006
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Des Moines seems to be a ghost town on Sunday nights, but this is open, & worth a visit. I was between seasonal beers, but was satisfied with the brown & the stout, both workmanlike if not outstanding. Hight point was dessert of bread pudding -- not only the best Iíve ever had, but a mountain of a serving. Service was good, but why do Iowans always say "No problem" instead of "Youíre welcome?" I plan to stop back on my regular jaunts into the city.
bortzilla (1) Iowa | August 24, 2006
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
This place is a nice place serving great food and decent beer. The bar is comfortable and the service is good. Nothing too exciting going on with their beer. Itís good, but not the greatest. Try their Honest Lawyer IPA, their Brown Ale or perhaps their seasonal.
Braudog (792) Phoenix, Arizona | June 26, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
May 2005: Excellent beer and food highlighted this brick-festooned brewpub in downtown. Good service, too.
heemer77 (215) Urbandale, Iowa | December 7, 2004| Updated September 16, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Ok beer with decent food. Friendly staff on my several trips. Smoky bar with a clean appearance. The best part about this place is that they have two beer engines. A typical brewpub selection. I will visit again on my next trip to Des Moines.
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