El Bait Shop

Mayor: ajnepple (5) | Affiliated user(s) here CanIHave4Beers, tmc515 | Taps: 180 | Bottles: 60+
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Beers At El Bait Shop

NameABVEntered
Toppling Goliath Fire, Skulls, & Money0%7/28/2017
Surly Xtra-Citra Pale Ale4.5%6/28/2017
Urban Family Muerte al Cereal7.9%6/28/2017
Toppling Goliath Pompeii IPA5.5%6/27/2017
SingleSpeed Tip the Cow6.2%6/27/2017
Odell Flemish Giant6.6%6/23/2017
Fulton Culture Project #26.3%6/23/2017
Urban Chestnut Ku’damm Bock6.2%6/23/2017
Schell Noble Star - Tidal Disruption Berliner Weisse3.5%6/23/2017
Alluvial Pluvial Porter with Coconut6.5%5/27/2017
Fulton The Libertine Imperial Red Ale - Whiskey Barrel Aged8.5%5/27/2017
Prairie Apricot Funk6.3%5/27/2017
Prairie Funky Gold Citra7.5%4/14/2017
Surly Unbridled IPA6.2%4/13/2017
Moonlight Meadery Kurt’s Apple Pie16.8%1/15/2017
Bent River Jingle Bell Java Stout5.4%1/15/2017
Alluvial Hop To Be Square IPA6.7%1/15/2017
Stillwater / Cigar City 21st Century Means8.5%1/15/2017
Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury - Bourbon Barrel8.4%1/15/2017
Kickshaw Pipo7%1/15/2017
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale0%1/15/2017
Brewski Passionfeber7%1/15/2017
Urban Family Gentleman Caller6%1/15/2017
Mikkeller SpontanBeetroot7.7%1/15/2017
Mikkeller SpontanLingonberry7.7%1/15/2017
Funkwerks Bramble7.6%1/15/2017
Bell’s Brett Berliner Weisse3.9%1/15/2017
Madhouse V.I.P. 9%12/28/2016
Grimm Super Going4.8%12/28/2016
Grimm Rainbow Dome5%12/28/2016
Two Brothers In the Flesh Blueberry4.2%12/28/2016
Boulevard Love Child No. 78.2%12/28/2016
Goose Island Gillian8.8%12/28/2016
Founders Lizard of Koz10.5%12/28/2016
Bell’s Traverse City Whiskey Neptune12.2%12/28/2016
Bell’s Traverse City Whiskey 355 E Stout8.8%12/28/2016
Bell’s Traverse City Whiskey Barrel Aged Third Coast Old Ale12.2%12/28/2016
Crooked Stave Petite Sour (Rosé)5%10/25/2016
Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Sour: Flanders/Oud Bruin7.2%10/24/2016
Peace Tree Grapefruit No Coast7.5%10/22/2016
Iowa Citra Pale Ale5.2%10/22/2016
Exile Giving Tree IPA0%10/22/2016
515 OJ IPA5.2%10/22/2016
Moonlight Meadery Wicked13.3%9/30/2016
De Proefbrouwerij Sour Barrel #36.2%9/29/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial7.5%8/14/2016


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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Drake  (822) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 28, 2017
Awesome place. They’re up to 222 taps. If you can’t find something new here, you must work here. Bartenders were all friendly and helpful despite the massive (and VERY drunk) Saturday night holiday weekend crowd. Probably a couple hundred people there when I arrived around 10pm. Didn’t hurt that I named dropped CanIHave4Beers. Everything you can imagine on tap. Rarities, tons of meads and ciders, a ton of Iowa beers, lots of less common US micros. Not too many foreign beers on tap, but these owners have entire bars for that. Not too much macro stuff either. Small late night food menu. Menu looks good, but the pizza puff thing was meh. Flights of 4 for $10, maybe a little more for premium pours, but they seem to not enforce this too closely. I paid $21 for two flights, most of the beers on the "limited" list. Generously sized "small" samples provided, even when not asked for. Overall, fun place. World class.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh  (741) Tampere, Finland | October 25, 2016
Amazing number of beers on tap. Relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. Lot of bicyclists visiting this place. IA beers well presented. Flights of 4 available. Pretty decent food. Very positive experience.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Shag  (81) Chattanooga, Tennessee | June 25, 2016
The best beer bar for selection in the area and probably the midwest? When I went there it was a bit crowded but it got better as the evening progressed. Friendly and knowledgable staff. Amazing selection. A must visit in Des Moines is a total understatement.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
northropfrye  (286) Steinbach, Manitoba | March 30, 2016
Awesome place in Des Moines. World class and better than many beer bars in larger cities. 180+ taps. And bottles. Frequent rotation. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Open really late even on weekdays. We were there after one on a Tuesday. I will definitely make a point of going through Des Moines next time I’m heading south.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
AirForceHops  (199) Epping, New Hampshire | March 22, 2016
This is the best dive bar I have ever had the honor of walking into. Stopped in on Wednesday 16 March, 2016 and had a wonderful time. The bartender was enthusiastic about beer and chatted with us for a good 20 minutes. I’m also really glad we decided to check this place out on a week night because we were told it is three people deep on a Friday, Sat or Sunday night. A few harder to find brews (MOSTLY because the taps were not kicked yet) I would recommend. Love this place!!
86
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Jow  (272) New York | January 31, 2016
Dive bar with biggest selection of beers ive seen. i was quite drunk by this point and only took notes on one beer as i made a bunch of random friends oddly. nothing i noticed was super exciting but if you’re trying to drink midwest breweries from all over this is the place. staff was attentive despite being quite busy.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
ajnepple  (179) Denver, Colorado | December 25, 2015| Updated December 26, 2015
Incredible selection of draft beer. 4 tasters of anything for $10. Nice sized pours to boot. Go Hawks!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
deyholla  (646) Minneapolis, Minnesota | November 16, 2015
An amazing beer bar with World Class selection. Decent sized spot that looks like it has been there for a while. A bit worn on the inside but has a nice character to it. Service was great despite the place being hopping on a Saturday night. Selection is world class. I was in awe by the number of taps (with a quality selection no less plus they do flights) and the bottles were great too. I was so in awe by the selection I didn’t even notice if they have food or not. Prices seemed very reasonable. A World Class bar in my opionion
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ads135  (304) Omaha, Nebraska | August 19, 2015
A really good beer bar. Plenty of great beers with a ton of taps. Can buy some hard to find bottles to bring home with you as well. Really good food too.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Strebs  (221) St. Louis, Missouri | July 24, 2015
Very impressive selection on tap and in bottles...the drafts are reasonably priced, but the bottles are prohibitively expensive. Food was better than expected...tending towards the higher quality end of the spectrum for bar food, but still bar food. I appreciate dive bars, but it looks like the owners of El Bait tried too hard and it comes off as a bit too contrived. I was hoping to finally try a Toppling Goliath, but they didn’t have any on tap. Nonetheless, I was very pleased with my choices.

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