Breweries and Wineries Des Moines

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BreweriesDo you enjoy craft beers, wine, or cider? Des Moines has an ever-expanding handcrafted beverage scene. From hazy IPAs to hard seltzers and smoothie style sours, there is a brewery for everyone, including the kids and dogs!

Prefer wine or hard cider? Des Moines’ local wineries and cidery not only have sippable delights but live music and events for the whole family. Grab the family and enjoy some of the locally made adult beverages!

Our favorite Des Moines breweries

Need a Food Truck With Your Beer?

What: Brightside Aleworks

Where: Altoona

Why: Follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date on the food truck schedule as it rotates. Grab their refreshing Cran-Orange Wheat and settle in on the patio with your favorite food truck grub.

When You Need a Cycling Break

What: Confluence Brewing

Where: Thomas Beck Rd., Des Moines

Why: With access directly off the Gray’s Lake Bike Trail, it’s an easy stop on your ride. Relax in their spacious beer garden and enjoy a fruited gose from their Wizard series. A super-light beer to keep you hydrated and ready to get back on that bike.

Best Housemade Ginger Beer

What: Court Avenue Brewing

Where: Court Ave, Des Moines

Why: Love a Moscow Mule? Upgrade your drink with CabCo’s own Wertzberger’s Ginger Beer for a delightful ginger kick. This longtime staple of downtown also brews a number of other local favorite beers.

Enjoy Events?

What: Peace Tree Brewing

Where: East Court Ave, Des Moines

Why: Make sure you follow Peace Tree Des Moines’ pub on Facebook to keep up with their event schedule. From supporting local charities to fostering community, there are frequent fun events to check out while enjoying a beer. You can’t go wrong with their Blonde Fatale, a complex, yet smooth Belgian-style blonde ale.

Great Brewpub Grub

What: Exile Brewing

Where: Walnut Street, Des Moines

Why: Standard but elevated food options like burgers, soft pretzels, wraps, and cheese curds make this a great stop for lunch or dinner. With a vegan chorizo wrap and Mahi street tacos, you can also get adventurous while grabbing a bite with your beer. Drink a Ruthie lager, a tribute to an infamous Des Moines bartender in this historic building.

Great Small-town Atmosphere

What: Fenders Brewing

Where: Polk City

Why: If you live in the area you are probably already familiar with this newer family hang-out. If not, stop by for friendly vibes and good brews. Check their events page for their Pizza, Pints, and Tunes nights where you can get another local favorite, Papa’s Pizza!

Like Bikes AND Moscow Mules?

What: Firetrucker Brewing

Where: Ankeny

Why: Located off the High Trestle Trail, this is another great stop for cyclists. They also have Moscow mules on tap (or in a can!). Or check out one of their other beers like Tropical Burn with flavors of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit in their spacious, yet comfy beer garden.

Best Brunch

What: Barn Town Brewing brewery

Where: West Des Moines

Why: Hit them up on Saturday or Sunday for their delicious brunch items like huevos rancheros or Nashville hot chicken on a biscuit. Get there early for free banana bread brought to your table! They make some of the best hazy IPAs and pastry sours around and also offer hard seltzers seasonally.

When You Want To Bring Your Dog

What: Kinship Brewing

Where: Waukee

Why: They have a dog park! That’s right, not only can you take your dog, but there is a dedicated place for them to play. Unique beer offerings like Off The Leash, a modern Iowa corn pilsner can be enjoyed in the dog park or on their patio when your furry friend needs a rest.

Top-Notch Food

What: Lua Brewing

Where: Sherman Hill, Des Moines

Why: Their breaded pork tenderloin and burger are crafted with the same care as their seasonal offerings like salmon poke and caviar. Their devotion to quality ingredients and processes extends to their beer. Check out their German-style beers as well a variety of IPAs and sours.

Wine And Cider More Your Thing?

What: Summerset Winery

Where: Indianola

Why: Iowa’s oldest winery offers wine tastings and tours as well and offers snacks available for purchase including Milton Creamery cheeses, Amana sausage. Head down on Sundays for their weekly(May-October, and once a month November-April) concert series!

What: Jasper Winery

Where: George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines

Why: Enjoy samples, flights, and wine by the glass in this tucked-away wine oasis in downtown. During the summer, stop by on Thursday nights and enjoy live music, food trucks, and more with your wine.

What: Penoach Vineyard & Winery

Where: Adel

Why: This small, family-owned winery is housed in a repurposed 1917 barn. They have an extensive list of wines from dry to sweet including, Edelweiss, a sweet white made from Iowa’s signature wine grape. During the summer enjoy concerts on Friday nights.

What: Winterset Cidery

Where: Winterset

Why: The only dedicated cidery in the metro area offers handcrafted hard ciders using apples from local orchards. They also create deliciously flavored ciders like Lime Habanero, Butter Pecan, and more! Check out their events page for live music, food trucks, and trivia nights.

Shout out your favorite brewery, winery, or cidery in the comments!

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