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Raccoon River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Raccoon River Brewing CompanyRaccoon River Brewing Company

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.45%
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 74
Beer Avg: 3.3
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

200 N 10th St
Des Moines, Iowa, 50309-3609
United States
phone: (515) 362-5222

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @raccoonriver

Bar hours:
Monday - Thursday: 11am -– Midnight
Friday - Saturday: 11am –- 2am

Food is served from:
Monday - Thursday: 11am –- 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am -– 11pm

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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Mitchster:
Photo of Mitchster
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

Contemporary atmosphere..clean and spacious. The menu was somewhat pricy, though the beer sampler was a pretty good deal at $7 for 8 4oz. samples. 15bbl. There is an upstairs area and bar with high cielings throughout. Not too noisy. They had 5 regulars and 3 seasonals on tap, all of which were ok to good in quality. Located downtown, with free parking after 6:00pm. The wait staff was a little slow, but friendly and the food was pretty good. Menu selection offered some traditional fare but also some ethnic-hybrid dishes to keep it interesting. I don't think this breweries yeast strain does well with higher gravity beers, as they all tended to have some degree of isopropyl alcohol tinge to them.

Mitchster, Aug 30, 2003
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

KAF, Jul 08, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Joey-bags1990, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Herky21
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%

Atmosphere - this is a well done brewpub (in design). The downstairs has a bar, and tables for dining. Upstairs there is a second bar and a huge row of full sized pool tables.

Quality - Unfortunately, the beer here is well below average and inconsistent. There are times where the carb levels are way off, a lot of beers are coyingly sweet, the IPA is pretty boring when it is carbed. A lot of my friends and I like to go there, but will often order wine or from the bottle selection of Green Flash.

Service - bartenders and servers are always great. The bartenders aren't bashful either. I remember once I ordered a seasonal scotch ale or something of that style, and the bartender said, let me get you a sample, you won't like it. He was right and I than got something else.

Selection - they do brew a decent selection. There's a lighter beer, than a sweeter vanilla cream ale, a red, a stout, and often seasonal selections.

Food - the food is pretty good. I've had a steak there, and a pulled pork sandwich. The pulled pork was really good. I've never been disappointed with the food.

Value - overall, beers are priced reasonably, food is what you'd expect, from sandwiches to pastas etc. The quality of the beers certainly detracts from the perceived value, however.

Herky21, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon... beers were standard fare, nothing that pushed the envelope. It was a nice location and the atmosphere/ servers where nice. Not a good sign when I strike up a consersation with someone about microbreweries and they start talking immediately about Boulevard. Worth a stop but there is a better option in town.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%

Tuesday August 28, 3:45-4:30pm

Considering I was staying next door at the Hotel Des Moines, there wasn't a closer or easier to find beer locale. I entered through a pair of sturdy wooden doors to find an eerily quiet (few patrons this early on a Tuesday afternoon - just before 4pm), but cheery enough space. The tall ceilings (partially divided into two floors), wood trim and grey/white tile patterns give away the buildings age; a sturdy bar with chipping lacquer looks a bit 'tired'...er, 'loved'.

The stop on this day was strictly for beer; the mid-90s Iowan heat after a long flight from Portland and a brief business meeting made RRBC an easy pick. I sat alone at the bar, tended by a friendly young woman (missed her name) who gladly offered samples (free) of their three IPAs: Bandit, Midnight Bandit and El Bandito Loco. I tasted diacetyl in both the Bandit and Bandito Loco, so I chose the Midnight Bandit (normally don't like 'Black IPA' much, but this was pretty good to me). A few minutes later, my co-worker arrived and asked for tastes of the pilsner, wheat and red (which she chose for being 'smooth').

Overall, there were 9 beers on draft, all pretty standard styles. I noticed a few bottles in an under-counter cooler, all 'macro' lagers for the unadventurous.

I wasn't overly impressed with any of the beers, but appreciated the generosity with tastes and the $7.25 tab for two pints (we tipped well). Not a 'must', but a possible pit stop if I'm ever back in DSM.

A side note: we skipped food, but were told by a couple different people (not affiliated with the brewery) that the quality of food was greatly improved in recent months

msubulldog25, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of ndolover
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%

Located downtown and for whatever reason a very dark place. I agree with some other reviews. This is a food place first and a beer place second.

The IPA and DIPA were okay..a bit too sweet and catty for my likes...but a typical midwest IPA.

There seemed to be a lot of locals that really liked the place. I was there by myself, and was dissapointed by the 2 small tv's.

However, this is a food place and not a place that highlights their beer. I would reccomend the ramen soup, which was WONDERFUL! If you are in town for a night I would go other places. However, it is certainly worth a try and a freindly place.

ndolover, Jul 14, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

I was in town on business and got to spend a Thursday night touring the three brewpubs that have creative license to brew beers on site.

Ranked by quality of beer, they are - Court Avenue, Rock Bottom, and Raccoon River.

Raccoon River was my second stop. Urban Spoon gave them and Court an 85% like it for food so I decided to eat at my second stop - Racoon River.

Racoon River is more of a good restaurant that happens to brew beer as opposed to a brewpub that focuses on beer.

The bartender gives samples when people ask questions about the beer.

I had an IPA and he gave me a sample of the double IPA (El Bandit). They also had a light, vanilla cream, red, stout, pils, and pumpkin.

The IPA was mellow and sweet with not much hop aroma. While drinkable, I left half a pint.
The double IPA was a mouthfull of sweetness.

The food was very good. I had an appetizer of the seared ahi tuna and the greek salad. The greek salad was probably the best greek salad I've had in Greece or the USA.

Yetiman420, Oct 22, 2010
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1.88/5  rDev -47.9%

Went in expecting this to be my favorite brewery on my trip to Iowa, left horribly disappointed! The food was very good, I got a bacon ranch cheeseburger that was huge and tasty, but everything else about the restaurant was terrible. The beer was awful, far, far, far too flat for me to enjoy - even the light beer tasted like syrup almost. Our server knew next to nothing about the beer, I asked what style the el bandito loco was and the women looked at me and said it was simply an "ale". When I pressed further she mumbled something about Imperial IPAs, walked away awkwardly and then came back and told me the beer was an english bitter. I then tasted the beer and realized that it was definitely an IPA. Suffice to say, she didn't receive the best tip. The service was poor, the atmosphere was average, the beer sucked, I won't be returning.

jt31914, Aug 17, 2010
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Raccoon River Brewing Company in Des Moines, IA
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