Definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Located in an industrial park with plenty of parking, this place also borders a bike trail and a local park. They have a really large indoor taproom as well an outdoor bar for the bikers. They had a number of solid beers, friendly service, and a rather relaxed vibe about the place. i wish we could have stayed here longer.
Large space with ample seating. Pleasant ambiance and good service at the bar. 19 house beers on tap plus a guest cider, a pretty nice selection overall, incorporating American and European styles as well as some barrel aged offerings. One of my favorite stops in Des Moines.
Parked out front, which seems more like a back entrance. There must be bike trails here because there were dozens of bicyclists soon after opening. Big tasting room with a lot of seating. Very large brewery in the center of the place. Staff were friendly despite the large crowd and their having network issues right at opening. Flights of 4 for $8 with 50 cent upcharges for special beers. The beer quality is top notch. Excellent execution across many different styles. All well executed.Plenty of beer packaged to go. Parking was easy. Food trucks most days of the week.Free pretzels otherwise. Live music at least weekly. Worth going out of your way to come here. World class.
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.
Spent a quiet hour on a Wednesday night in February. Very businesslike environment - pass through the brewery to get to the pleasant tasting room. Friendly staff. Very good beers at fair prices.
Jow (324) Winter Garden, Florida | January 30, 2016
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.