I made the mistake of buying 4 cans sight unseen. Pro: they did a great job; tastes just like cake batter. Con: 16 oz of cake batter is a lot of cake batter. It’s a taster beer, not a drinking beer.I liked the vanilla version. I tried the Cake Batter version they just released last week. It's good, but maybe a little sweeter than I would usually like. I didn't get to try the strawberry version, but I'm hoping they'll do it again.
Reclaimed Rails has been good the few times I’ve been there. Did a growler fill of their milkshake IPA over Christmas that I really liked.
Being off the beaten path in bondurant probably hurts them more than anything else
I prefer Confluence and Alluvial to Barntown.
Barntown basically brews two styles: Hazy IPAs and Fruit Sours that are basically alcoholic juice. They do both very well and have killer food, but Confluence and Alluvial are much more well rounded.
Big Grove would jump up into my top 5 when they open
- Lua Brewing
- Barn Town Brewing
- Gezellig Brewing Company
- Confluence Brewing Company
- Brightside Aleworks
- Peace Tree Brewing Co.
- Exile Brewing Company
- Firetrucker Brewery
- 515 Brewing Company
- Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Co.
- Mistress Brewing Company
- Reclaimed Rails Brewing Company
- Twisted Vine Brewery
- 1717 Brewing Company
- Flix Brewhouse - Des Moines
- Fox Brewing
Never had either of these:
Kinship Brewing Company
Confluence is the best in the state.The other post made me think of how I would rank our current brewers in the metro. This is based solely on beer, not their taproom, and just my opinion. I like IPA's, Stouts/Porters, and Sours in that order.
Confluence (moved up from C)
Big Grove (B+. Maybe an A)
Alluvial (Out of the metro but..)
West Hill (only been once but surprisingly decent)
Firetrucker (Use to be a C)
Reclaimed Rails (They have one solid beer I like)