Do 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
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.
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 elevate 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
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.
What: Barn Town Brewing
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
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.
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 I.P.As and sours.
Wine And Cider More Your Thing?
What: Summerset Winery
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.
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
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.