Confluence Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.83/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

1235 Thomas Beck Rd
Ste A
Des Moines, Iowa, 50315-1055
United States

(515) 285-9005 | map
confluencebrewing.com

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Added by RblWthACoz on 11-02-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
40
Ratings:
425
Reviews:
56
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
10
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
5.24%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Martha_McA
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Hands down my favorite Des Moines brewery. Spacious and clean taproom, great selection of beer with rotating seasonals served by a great staff (who know their stuff)! Grays Lake Nessie, Southside Citra, and DSM IPA are my personal favorites. Very pleased that they are now canning. Cheers to Confluence!

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Photo of krdhawk
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of morimech
3.82/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Located in an industrial park. Large taproom with windows opening up to the large brewery operation. Service was not the friendliest but was efficient. Nice beer but I has a barrel-aged RIS that was easiest the worst beer I had during my time in the Des Moines area. The Scotch ale and milk stout were my personal favorites but the hoppy beers were enjoyable as well.

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Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Brewery taproom, in the back of the building from the road, with a separate entrance in back from the adjacent bike trail. Vibe here was kind of sterile, large industrial space, high top tables, high ceilings. Large windows into the brewery. Bar in the back with seating for a dozen plus. Lots of kids and family groups on a Sunday, lots of cyclists taking a break from the nearby trail. Board games and local art on the wall.

Beer selection was good, 8-10 regular options plus 5 BA beers. Everything was on a large chalkboard high above the bar, BA beers had no descriptions or ABV listed. Had to ask about them, and the bartender wasn't really interested in talking about them. A second bartender was a little more friendly, but they weren't very talkative.

Beer quality was good, save for a whisky barrel aged saison that was overly harsh and boozy. There was a good citra blonde and the BA Saison Des Moines was solid. I really liked the Fresh Start lager back in the Spring.

Overall it was a good experience but I didn't really feel like it was an essential stop.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A very good local brewery with a great location right off the bike trail. The staff is a little stand offish and the bartenders don't really seem to want to talk beer. The beers are all good to great, I'm a fan of the barley wine and BA stout, seriously BA Stavropol is worth seeking out. Overall it's one of my top 5 or so breweries in the area.

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Photo of TylerJ
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of craigbelly
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I had a few of the beers from this brewery at the Iowa State fair, and at other places. It has an interesting selection of beers, with decent quality, but nothing special. I fear the craft beer market will shrink one day, and this is a brewery that will become obsolete

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Photo of DSWeller
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of blaineO
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Good beer, good service. Nice atmosphere. I like the location too, kinda on the outskirts of downtown. Only gripe is beer is slightly pricey in the stores.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4.24/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Will_Edgar
3.95/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of boogerisu
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Came on a beautiful sunny Sunday. Easy drive right up parking. Industrial setting with no traffic to speak of. Industrial bar with high ceilings and stone. Vibe very nice for all types, m kids had a Millstream root beer. Several beer offerings. Service was immediate and friendly. I would reccomend to anyone.

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Photo of tapperm
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Nice up and coming brewery! the Des Moines IPA is def the best!

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Photo of Benjhilmer
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Ricksbrew
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of ALC82
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of PretzelCity
3.82/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Rasmutant
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of jruno
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Kegger37
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Confluence Brewing Company in Des Moines, IA
3.83 out of 5 based on 425 ratings.
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