The 7 Best Craft Beer Bars In Des Moines

There’s no denying that the craft beer craze is alive and well in the United States, and it’s in part due to the number of craft beer bars popping up all over the country in recent years. And, while you might not think of it as a craft beer capital, Des Moines is home to some quality brews and bars.

Long gone are the days where you headed to a bar in hopes that they might have craft beer in a bottle for you to try. Now, it’s all about bars that have got a variety of hoppy, creamy, and hazy beers on tap just for you. Thirsty yet? Check out our picks for the seven best craft beer bars in Des Moines, Iowa.

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1. El Bait Shop

This place made our list of the 50 Best Craft Beer Bars in the US, in part due to the fact that they’ve got over 250 beers on tap. It’s home to the largest selection of American microbrews in the entire world. This place is home to one of the best burgers in Des Moines, too, so we think El Bait Shop is basically a one-stop-shop for any visitor travelling through town.

Best Craft Beer Bars in Des Moines

2. The Red Monk

Craving something Belgian? The Red Monk describes itself as a “Des Moines’ go-to Belgian hideaway.” They’ve got some 90 Belgian style beers for you to enjoy with 12 on tap. This charming, wood-panelled pub delivers on all fronts: atmosphere, service, and definitely taste. Guests also note that the Wednesday trivia nights are well worth a visit.

Des Moines Craft Beer

3. The Iowa Taproom

If you’re visiting Iowa and are craving the chance to dive into the local craft beer scene then The Iowa Taproom is one of the best craft beer bars in Des Moines for you. They specialise in specifically Iowa beer, which flows from their impressive wall full of 99 taps. Settle in for the evening as you sample tasty craft beer after next. The taproom offers a creative take on American food as well. Poppers and wings, anyone?

Famous Iowa Taproom 99 Draft Beers

4. Confluence Brewing Company

If you’re a true craft beer fan then you absolutely cannot, and we repeat, cannot miss the chance to check out Confluence Brewing Company. They produce what is perhaps some of the most creative, delicious craft beers in the state. And, the Des Moines taproom brings that bold taste adventure to life in a lively, fun atmosphere. On special days they’ve even got live music and special tappings.

5. 300 Craft & Rooftop

If you find yourself passing through when the weather’s great, head on up to 300 Craft & Rooftop. It’s a nice place to relax outside with a cold beer in hand as you enjoy the stunning views. The beer list is pretty varied and extensive, featuring everything from Belgian Blondes and a California Common to IPAs and a Sour Gose.

6. The Cheese Shop

With a name like The Cheese Shop, we’re honestly already super interested. And, while they do serve over 100 artisan and farmhouse cheeses along with some of the finest cured meats in the state, it’s the craft beers they have available that really send it home. The cheese is local, but their 100 specialty craft beers are selected from nearly everywhere. Sour, creamy, hazy, and hoppy are all offered to pair with your fine selection of cheese.

7. Hessen Haus

It’s impossible to draft up a list of the best craft beer bars in Des Moines and not talk about one of the absolute best, Hessen Haus. This bar perfectly recreates the authentic atmosphere of an old-world German bier hall. With 50 imported German beers on tap and close to 200 German and European beers in total, you’re definitely not strapped for choice here. Visiting during October? Don’t miss out on their Oktoberfest.

Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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