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Confluence Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.75/5
Based on:
22 Beers
251 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 12.33%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

1235 Thomas Beck Rd Ste A
Des Moines, Iowa, 50315-1055
United States
phone: (515) 285-9005

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @confluencebrew

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(Place added by: RblWthACoz on 11-02-2012)
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Photo of kalthaus223
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Confluence Brewery is the best brewery in Des Moines. They take their time with their beer, and try to deliver a product they feel is exceptional. This is the only brewery in Des Moines that I like to go to, but I will try to focus on the positives of Confluence rather than the negatives of the other places in this review.

The first thing you notice about the brewery is the cleanliness. Every time I walk into this place the floors are clean, the tables are cleared and wiped, and the outside patio is swept. The bathrooms are also kept in tip top shape. Mirrors are wiped down, floors are mopped, counters are wiped, and the toilets aren't dirty. They really try to keep the place clean and presentable.

One thing I did not care for about the atmosphere was the lack of a TV or two. I realize it is a taphouse and not a bar, but it would still be nice if there were a couple TVs on the wall with some games on. Not a huge deal, but if you wanted to go there AND keep track of how your team is doing, you will have to do it on your phone.

They do have board games available, which is pretty awesome. Playing Uno or Clue with a group of friends over some tasty beer is great. Nice little bonus if you want to kill some time.

The quality of the beer is usually really good. I won't go too far into this, because you can read reviews on the specific beers if you like. My favorites are the Thomas Beck Black IPA, the South Side Citra (it was better in 2013 than this year's batch though), the Milkman Stout, and the Blue Corn Lager. The Des Moines IPA is a good go to beer as well. A disappointing beer was the Irish Twin (it was a mistake anyway) and the Farmer John's multi grain ale.

The service was great. I usually get helped by a guy named Mark, but any time someone else helps me they are always friendly and usually very quick. You wont wait too long to get a beer, even if it is a packed house. The only struggle is that usually the bar is crowded, and sometimes its hard to get a spot to get a beer. They don't have stools on one side, and usually this is a good place to go "line up" but its not a designated "line" area. Sometimes people will stand at this end and not move when they get their beer. I feel like they should put a sign up for "to go" beers, and have that be available as a grab and go line only.

The selection is spot on. There is usually 9 to 10 Confluence beers on tap, with a guest beer or two, and a "craft" root beer (think millstream). There are always 3 flagship beers there. They are the Des Moines IPA, Farmer John's Multi Grain Ale, and Capitol Gold Lager. They usually have the Thomas Beck Black IPA readily available as well. The rest of the beers rotate with the season and with the brew master's discrepancy.

They don't have a food menu, but do have amazing pub pretzels. On Thursdays they usually have the people from Mo Rub do a BBQ and cook up some wings and some pork. There is also a food truck on the weekends that parks outside of the place, but the taproom itself does not sell food. You are free to order in anything you like.

The overall value is pretty reasonable. You get good beer (not blow your mind great), and a nice place to drink it, at a reasonable price. The pints are $4.50, the are 3 for $5 or 4 for $6 and the growlers are $16 new, $12 refilled. Pretty standard prices for a taproom of a brewery.

If you are in the Des Moines area, you owe it to yourself to take a visit. You will enjoy the beer, the atmosphere, and the staff. Solid brewery.

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4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Went to Confluence over thanksgiving weekend. Was very happy and surprised that they were open then because the bar is advertised as a tasting room. Walking into the brewery you immediately see the brewing/production area, which is pretty cool. Then you walk into the tasting room, and its a very clean looking room with tables and a small bar area. I sat at the bar and did a "flight" of their current offerings.The bar tender was very nice and gave me his first opinions on the early beer selections. Now to the beer....By far my favorite beer they had was their Des Moines IPA, it was also the first beer I had, It had a good hop bite that was not overpowering. I also really enjoyed their black IPA which was very tasty as well. I would have liked a little more complexity on most of the beers that I sampled, however with this establishment just opening I understand why they had more easy drinking beers than more elaborate complex offerings. Overall I really enjoyed my time that evening, and I plan on dropping by again soon to see what they have next!

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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place has only been open a month and they're still getting their shop in order, but they have several good products on hand and it looks very promising. The brewery is located in an old warehouse in an industrial area just south of Gray's Lake, close enough to see from the east parking lot. Entering from Thomas Beck Rd you take a walkway around the brewing center to reach the taproom. The taproom has an industrial feel with the concrete floors and masonry walls. The bar has room for about a dozen people. There are 7 brew from Confluence on tap along with one guest beer from Great River. They were tapping the Thomas Beck Black IPA which made for a good lunch. The barkeep was fun to chat with and showed he was happy with his job and he had faith in his company. A small brewery operation like this is what a city like Des Moines needs, one that focuses on quality and incorporates the history and personality of the city in its products.

Confluence Brewing Company in Des Moines, IA
94 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.