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Confluence Brewing Company, Des Moines

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#6 of 25 in Breweries & Distilleries in Iowa
Brewery · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
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After years of hobby brewing and an increasingly ardent interest in brewing as a profession — including countless brewery tours and immersion in local and online brewing interest groups — John Martin and fellow home brewer and co-founder Ken Broadhead launched Confluence Brewing in 2012. John left his construction management day-job to pursue Confluence and his passion for beer making full time.

The brewery is itself a confluence of John and Ken’s love for Iowa and craft beer. The result is a microbrewery that shares Iowa’s attributes of honesty, humility, hard work and a sense of humor. Confluence also has Iowa’s knack for being a delightful surprise to those who actually experience it.

Confluence cares about the creativity and craftsmanship that goes into making excellent beer, and knows that excellent beer can bring good friends together.
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  • Went with my sons (16 & 11). They had root beer. Locally made. Loved it. I tried a flight of 4 beers. It’s off the beaten path from Des Moines, but totally worth a visit. Clean facility & happy... 
    Went with my sons (16 & 11). They had root beer. Locally made. Loved it. I tried a flight of 4 beers. It’s off the beaten path from Des Moines, but totally worth a visit. Clean facility & happy...  more »
  • This is a good example of revitalizing old warehouses into more 21st Century gathering space. The large space seems to be well utilized to brew beers. I read the chalkboard stating that they had a... 
    This is a good example of revitalizing old warehouses into more 21st Century gathering space. The large space seems to be well utilized to brew beers. I read the chalkboard stating that they had a...  more »
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  • Just an awesome place to cool down after bike riding. It seems like every time we ride down in this area it is 85F+. Always a different selection to try. We seemed to like the bitter ones better this time which reminded us of lemonade. So cool and refreshing, and then its time to hit the trail again!
  • I travel the U.S. and Google local breweries anytime I am in a new town or city. I have probably been to 200 breweries in the past 20 years, and the best one I have found is right here in my backyard! Selection. Quality. Price. Style. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Indoor and outdoor seating. I would give it one more star than any other brewery I have visited the past two decades!

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