Court Avenue Brewing Company

Court Avenue Brewing CompanyCourt Avenue Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

309 Court Ave
Des Moines, Iowa, 50309-2245
United States

(515) 282-2739 | map


Monday - Thursday 11am - Midnight (with food until 10:30 p.m.)

Friday & Saturday 11am - 2am (with food until 11 p.m., late night menu until midnight)

Sunday 4:30pm - 10pm (with food until 9 p.m.)

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 51
Reviews by palmdalethriller:
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My brother and I stopped by in the middle of a road trip from Boston to Sacramento. Although it is located in the court district of Des Moines, it was a very sleepy late Monday afternoon.

The bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable and pointed me toward a double ESB that I really enjoyed. We also had the Naked Red on cask, the Blackhawk Stout, Honest Lawyer IPA, and the 21st ammendment pale ale. All were good, but the double ESB was the star.

The food was very, very good. We shared an appetizer (half off for happy hour) of crab-stuffed Boursin mushrooms that were perfect, and a tasty artichoke heart pizza that featured deliciously fresh cheese on top.

The artwork on the walls was a nice touch as well, with several paintings to match some of their beers. Combined with the comfortably low lighting and the brewhouse located behind a glass wall in the bar, court ave brewing had a real nice atmosphere.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of krdhawk
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Herky21
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

Photo of smc0198
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The bar, tap room and eatery are co-mingled together on the first floor of an historic building a couple of blocks east from the ornate old Polk County Courthouse and close to metered on-street parking and parking ramps that service this revived 3-4 city block of entertainment and eating venues. Stopped in just to sample the flight of nine current offerings of 4 ounce ales and beers., but the qualities of the interior decor and brews convinced our party of four to stay for a early Saturday evening dinner. The variety of brews was so diverse and equivalent in quality that each of our party had a different libation with their meal. However all of us had the sliced prime rib with roasted pepper au jus sandwich and diversified with different side item. All four of us were willing to schedule a return visit.

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Photo of bpkrippner
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of tapperm
4.28/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Always has something new and exciting brewing! The food is great and the beer quality here has stepped it up lately!

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Photo of MickeyTheHead
3.15/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

I wouldn't go there for the food, but if you stop by for a beer they have a menu that's decent. Service is decent and they do try to teach the servers the basics of beer. The beer used to be good, not sure if it's changed since they got a new brewmaster. If you go in when it isn't packed it does have a nice atmosphere.

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Photo of gjoker321
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Great food, great atmosphere.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This was stop #2 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We had already eaten dinner elsewhere, so we came here just to try the beer, thus we sat at the bar. The brewery is set in an old storefront building in what appears to be the restaurant district of downtown Des Moines, and ‘restaurant’ is what this brewery makes me think of more so than thinking ‘brewpub.’

But looks like a restaurant is okay as long as the beers were good, which they were. Each was brewed to style, and recipe enhancements were evident in some. One beer that we tried deserves a special mention, and that one is the 21st Amendment Ale. We didn’t give out an ‘A’ very often in our grading system on our trip, but this was one.

Although we had already eaten dinner we decided to have a snack to go with the beer, so a spent grain pretzel bread and dip plate was ordered. It was very good for something so simple. (I have eaten dinner here many times in the past while traveling on business, and I’ve always had a delicious dining experience.)

This brewery/restaurant does a great job and I’ll keep coming back when I’m in the area.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ALC82
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I really enjoyed my visit here, I only had time for a quick beer, but the service was very good, I don't recall the beer I had (bad memory, not bad beer) but overall this was a place I would like to re-visit with more time to enjoy a wider selection.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.93/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Randomly went here for a beer after finding El Bait Shop wait too loud and crowded. Typical gastropub atmosphere with nice big booths. Watched the Pacers-Heat while there and they had a few other channels tuned to various sporting events.

Girlfriend had Chuck's Roundhouse Ale a wine barrel saison and I had the BA IPA. They were both solid offerings and unique which is always a plus. Also shared a plate of nachos which were fantastic. Some of the best I've had. Partly because of these, I had no stomach room left for more than one beer.

Service was good, not great although our waitress actually knew what she was talking about when describing beers. It's evident they train their wait staff to do more than just dispense.

All in all, a pleasant experience and exactly what we were looking for. Would go back here if I find myself in Des Moines again.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5

Ok, this place really impressed me and considering it where it is it is an absolute must stop for me if passing through town. I thought the Honest Lawyer was outstanding as well as their IPA that was aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels, 21st Amendment. Why I don't hear more about this place is beyond me. The atmosphere was subdued but it was an afternoon when I stopped. I didn't try any food. It was a little pricey and the service was ok, as it appeared the servers didn't know as much as the people making the beer. After some debate, I talked myself into buying one growler instead of two. Maybe next time...

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Court Avenue Brewing Company in Des Moines, IA
3.61 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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