Nestled downtown in a great historic building, this place screams character. Service is great, they have lots of local taps and they know how to make you feel welcome. The food is good and well priced, the only problem with the place is the very safe and pedestrian beer.
Located in downtown Des Moines just a few blocks down from the capital building. The brewpub has a restaurant side that bright and cheery and a pub side that has a number of tv’s. They had 8 on tap with the hefe being a pleasant surprise. They have a few bottles but they’re mainly the BMC variety. The service was pleasant which is what I’ve come to expect in Iowa.
Visited for lunch on February 7, 2009. I was a large group of 11 which included 5 kids. The building itself is in a restored / renovated building in a nice part of downtown Des Moines. Very comfortable space with large tables in the dining area, and a big bar area. The two areas were nicely separated. I only had time for one beer, though they had about 6 regulars and a seasonal (Porter) on when I was there. Service was great, very attentive. Handled the kids very well, with fun games for them to play. Menu has nice diversity, and everyone was happy with the food they ordered. I had the Jambalaya on the recommendation of the waiter, and it was goodish. The Portabello sandwich looked great, I would likely get that next time. Overall, a nice place to grab lunch, particularly for a larger group.
Located within walking distance of some other solid places. Standard old-school downtown brewpub vibe, with a definite attempt at an English pub vibe. I had just eaten, so I didn’t try the food. Solid service... bartender was friendly, helpful, and amply handling a decent crowd. Ordered a flight of 8 for $17. Kinda steep for the quality. Bartender was happy to give me decent sizes samples of the other 2 beers on tap. They also offer a 3 beer flight which is good for locals just wanting to try the seasonals. Drinking here is like drinking at two different breweries. This is the kind of place that says "here’s our core beers and a few rotating seasonals." The core beers were decently executed, but kinda boring. OTOH, the seasonals were interesting, inventive, and well executed. English DIPA, California Common and a quite nice guava Saison. If they pay a little more attention to the core beers it would be beneficial. Some decent deals on wings and pints when I was there, but seems pretty pricy otherwise. Overall worth a stop if you’re in Des Moines.
Solid brewpub. I love the atmosphere - dark and wood, my kind of place. Pretty good number of house taps, most of which are decent, but unspectacular. Seems like they are doing a little bit of "brewing for the masses", which is fine, but the beers themselves aren’t exciting enough to make this a "can’t miss" place everytime I’m in town.
stopped in as part a bit to epic beer tour of Des Moines. Lovely old building friendlt staff cool looking mug club. the beers weren’t that good or extensive but they charged my phone behind bar so i stayed for 3.