515 Brewing Company

515 Brewing Company515 Brewing Company
515 Brewing Company515 Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar

7700 University Ave Ste C
Clive, Iowa, 50325-1271
United States

(515) 661-4615 | map
515brewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.14
Beers:
39
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
315
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.29
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
35
pDev:
12.59%
View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 35
Reviews by morimech:
Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Large taproom that gets loud when it fills up. They have sound deadening material up so I could just imagine how it was before. Service was efficient and prompt. The beer is the best beer I have had in Des Moines. Really nice fresh hop pale ales. I could drink a lot of Mediocre. Also really liked the stout but did not try any of the Belgian styles.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of craigbelly
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DesMorris
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Asrugan
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Great experience here, especially after a couple of middling experiences at Confluence and Kalona earlier in the day. 515 was a laid-back comfortable place with some good to great beers.

Walking in, we immediately felt welcomed and were offered samples. Service was very friendly and knowledgeable, they liked to chat about beer and local food.

Beer selection was good, the Mediocre APA was mosaic forward and easily drinkable. The surprise hit for me was a cucumber basil saison.

Friendly crowd and cozy comfortable tap room, with a patio outside and right along a bike trail. Fun place i'd return to again.

Edit: 2nd visit in 2018, a couple NEIPA's were noticeably oxidized, and the excellent cucumber basil saison wasn't nearly as good as the last time. Still worth a visit, though somewhat inconsistent.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.29/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

For the past 5 years I've been coming to Des Moines, and as of May 2016 (my first visit) and beyond, this is hands down the best brewery in the area. As far as newer Midwest brewers go, 515 ranks right up with Narrow Gauge in "St. Louis", and they deserve a lot more press than they're currently getting.

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Photo of ceanderson
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Visited the 515 on a Friday night. Small Parking lot, but more parking by the other buildings. Lots of locals but not terribly crowded. Plenty of tables but only about 10 seats at the counter. Very nice selection (13 offerings) and generous samples. The staff were friendly and happy to chat about their brews. No 64oz growlers, but they do have 32oz's. After a few samples I settle on their Passe and Hopitits C. Passe was a good choice for the first round; light bitterness, not terribly hoppy. Hopititis was a great follow up; very hoppy, wonderfully bitter and citrusy/piney, like a grapefruit and a pine tree were shredded and dumped in the bottle... wish I had a LARGE growler of this!
If I ever find myself in the Des Moines area, I'd definitely make a stop at 515.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Best hoppy beers in the Des Moines area, friendly staff,reasonable amount of taps, plus they hold a bottle share every first Wednesday of the month. Try passe, or oj IPA, love those beers.

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Photo of HawkeyeJosh
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BeerCrazyCrow
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great beer. Cool vibe...usually have food trucks...the Meh series is amazing

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of SWOLLEY
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This is the best brewery in Iowa right now! OJ IPA and Lil Tart are awesome! Not yet able to buy any of their beers but onsite. Sorry no growlers either......Maybe some day. Best kept secret in Des Moines.

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Photo of Will_Edgar
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Really great beer and usually a decent selection including some guest taps. Hours need to improve though....they arent open enough.

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Photo of tapperm
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Really small brewery that I am really excited for to get bigger!

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Photo of Ricksbrew
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of bbqtj
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

A great place to stop and share a beer. They seem to have something new most weeks and always have a nice variety of beer styles. Bring in your own food, or some food vendors available at different times. Only downside is that it can get a little loud when crowded and is open Thursday - Sunday.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ToddSoonerFan
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Except for lack of food. Everything a brewer aspires to accomplish!

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Photo of bufante
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

This place has the best beer in the Des Moines area at the moment. Everything here is solid, their hop work stick out. Mediocre, Passé, and OJ IPA are great.

No food, but they have frequent food guests, food trucks etc...

Growler fills available now, though it's only for some of their beers.

If you are in the DMI, this is a must stop if you like hoppy beers.

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Photo of Sereng3ti
5/5  rDev +16.6%

I love the OJ IPA. I only wish they had it all the time, and I want to be able to bring it home.

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515 Brewing Company in Clive, IA
Brewery rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 315 ratings