Confluence Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 137
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
4.69/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
05-27-2014 18:31:33 | More by kalthaus223
Confluence Brewing Company in Des Moines, IA
93 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.