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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (1561) Boulder, Colorado | August 27, 2008| Updated April 20, 2013
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.
Nice enough food and okay beer. A slightly upscale business crowd.
SledgeJr (106) Omaha, Nebraska | December 3, 2006| Updated July 1, 2010
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.
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.