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Confluence Brewing Company, Des Moines

#6 of 21 in Breweries & Distilleries in Iowa
Brewery · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
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...  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...  more »
  • This is one huge brewery in Des Moines and it didn't disappoint me at all. This place is very cool and has a good variety of beer on tap. I loved the "Long Ride" pale ale. They also have beer on cans and bottles. Right outside the brewery there is food truck where you'll find awesome gyros. The people in the brewery were very nice to the customers and the vibe was pretty good too. Overall, this is a really cool place in the town for the beerhunters!
  • Place is great. Flew into DSM airport look for closest brewery and they were it. Beer is delicious. Just a cool place staff was great and bought some 4 packs to go.

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