Definitely a brewery to visit while in Des Moines. Sizable brewery and large taproom with an outside deck (unfortunately not much to see from the deck being in an industrial park). They had 17 beers when I visited today...and many were good...but also a number were average...and I was expecting better given this was the most highly rated brewery in the area. The decent ones for me were the Des Moines IPA, the Southside Citra Blonde, and the Thomas Beck Black IPA. The rest were all likeable enough...I just think others in town are making better beers and Confluence needs to up their game a bit. I also think they may be a little overrated on RateBeer...but that might be because they’ve been around longer and perhaps only recently the local competition is catching up and in some cases passing them (515 would be an example of the latter). They had 3 barrel aged beers and I wasn’t really that impressed with them. Again...very solid brewery...just think there’s better choices in town.
Stopped in on 16 March 2016. Clean and presentable tasting room with a ton of setting. Not a ton right at the bar but they have plenty of tables. Mark , the tap room manager gave us a wonderful tour of the brewery and was very hospitable.
They also have a food truck outside for when you need a snack. I enjoyed my visit and if I ever make it back to Des Moines, it will remain on my “must stop at “ list.
Stopped in right after landing in way to hotel. In industrial strip decent sized brewery with barrels for aging and big tap room. Clean place that was fairly crowded early in Saturday mostly with an older crowd. Tasty enough beers and friendly servers. No complaints.
Really enjoyed this spot. Staff was very friendly and informative. Nice large tap room. Beer was very good!! Would love to stop here again.
theisti (826) Kansas | August 14, 2014| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited early evening on a Wednesday. Easy to find in an industrial park not too far from the Des Moines airport. As you enter, the sparkling new brewery is right in front of you. You walk around the brewery to get to the tasting room. The tasting room itself is huge, a bunch of tables and a large bar plus a large patio out back that appeared to be right on a biking trail. Beer selection was 11 of their own beers, 1 guest (Stone) and 1 guest cider. Beers were available in a variety of sizes including shaker pint, taster, 3 and 4 beer flights, pitcher and growler. Food truck was out front when I visited, and they had pretzels at the bar. Seems to be a brewery with big ambitions, fun place, best of luck to them.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Tasting room at the brewery, has bartenders who know their brews. I stopped twice in the same evening, and each time encountered beer lovers who were there to see how Confluence does "it" in order to start their own brewpubs. A hopping, fun, beer-centric place. Top notch!
I didn’t make it here on my most recent trip in April, but I sure had fun during my previous trip last summer. Super clean and tasty brews. Taster trays offered. Good food truck offered the night I was there. Plenty of space. Nice staff. Cheers John!