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Beer Available At El Bait Shop (arranged by most recent)
Toppling Goliath Riwakan Dead , Prairie Artisan Ales Eliza5beth 97, Evil Twin Nomader Wit 89, Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget IPA 98, Westons Stowford Press English Export Cider 25, Local Option Schmetterling Gose 63, CIB Pott. County Purple , Toppling Goliath Smoove Opferator 88, Keg Creek Black Cherry Stout , Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout 99, Stillwater Classique 97, Evil Twin Spicy Nachos 70, Allagash Fluxus 2013 95, Backpocket Raygun IPA , West O Pilsner Lager , Stillwater Autumnal 93, Hill Farmstead Anna 99, Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA 98, Grassroots Arctic Saison 99, Ommegang Game Of Thrones #2 - Take the Black Stout 95
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TheHOFF43 (81) Bloomington, Minnesota | December 1, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited with family over Thanksgiving weekend. Obviously an excellent selection of local, rare and interesting beers I had never heard of. Fresh IPAs all over the menu, good pricing and the food looked very good, but I did not eat. Really not enough good things to say about it!
311Lebowski (1) Iowa | October 25, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
If I could make it downtown Des Moines regularly, there isnít another place I would rather frequent
coharahawk (65) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | October 23, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I canít believe I just now made it here! We visited on a Friday night, and the place was packed. We ended up finding a spot at the bar though. The crowd was mostly young and way too much Bud Light was being ordered given the selection. Despite the crowd, the service was quick and bartenders were knowledgeable. The selection was better than I expected, probably the best Iíve seen in the state. A must-stop if youíre in the area.
RobertDale (148) Lansing, Kansas | September 29, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped by for lunch on a recent trip to Des Moines and had a great time. Bartender was friendly and knew his stuff. Food was decent and priced well. The tap and bottle selections were both excellent. Was able to buy a couple of bottles to take out. A must stop for sure!!
DiarmaidBHK (712) Pennsylvania | August 5, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Located next door to the high life lounge which is a hoot in and of itself, this place is Full Court Pressís American craft beer bar with a few Evil Twins and Mikkellers thrown in. The tap list has multiple taps from places like Toppling Goliath, Boulevard, Founders, Bells, Goose Island, stone, Stillwater, and Deschutes. And you can also take your beers over to,highlife and vice versa. I wish I could have spent longer there because I feel itís one of the best beer bars in America.
theLBD (5) , | May 13, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Good place to meet up with friends
KAF (100) Coralville, Iowa | February 6, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of beers to choose from, but not enough outstanding brews to make a dent in the wallet. The food is decent and the service is average. Probably the best beer selection in the state. Atmosphere is very laid back and the interior decorating is fun. This is a must stop place (at least for Iowans) if you are in the area.
Abide (2) , | December 8, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Des Moines has needed a place like this for ages. A wall full of taps with an excellent array of different styles of beer. Donít be afraid to ask for a sample if you are unsure about what to order.
DrinkLab (1) Des Moines, Iowa | August 29, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
A whole lot of taps, but too many mediocre selections clutter the field, that said there is nowhere else in Des Moines (iowa for that matter) to find a bigger beer list. If you know the bartender than you get great service, otherwise... good luck! The atmosphere is a bit cluttered, but fun & very beer themed. The food is decent, taco/bbq/bar grub stuff, but just ok. it is cheap to eat here though. All in all, a good bar to grab a beer with some friends.
sthlm (136) Iowa | June 20, 2011| Updated November 17, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped by here on a Saturday evening. Was pretty busy, especially outside. Service was poor, with the waiter nearly impossible to get a hold of, and our beer left sitting on the counter for a good 10 minutes before he brought them to us. Prices were good, and selection was solid, albeit it not great. I would prefer a smaller number of taps with less "filler" beers. Either way, it is good selection, especially for the area. Food was good, but not the reason to go to the place. Overall, an interesting place, and somewhere I plan on checking out again. Donít expect a wide range of amazing gems, but if you are in the area, definitely worth stopping by.
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