Gathering with some buddies or a few close girlfriends is often the highlight at the end of a long day at work. Fortunately, you'll find lots of diverse and eclectic things to do in Des Moines. For plenty of good times and delicious beverages, head out to one or more of these featured local breweries.
1. Twisted Vine Brewery
The Twisted Vine Brewery is famous for three things: great selection, friendly staff and excellent beer. Located at 3320 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, the brewery's tap room is open Tuesday through Sunday. Though the Twisted Vine Brewery has a variety of fun and quirky events -- such as Twisted Tunes and Game Night -- on a regular basis, they don't serve food so keep this in mind when planning your visit.
2. Confluence Brewing Company
Since 2011, Confluence Brewing Company has been brewing and serving their own beers right in their Des Moines warehouse and taproom. Open seven days a week, the taproom at Confluence Brewing Company provides visitors with flexible seating for groups of all sizes as well as a view of their brewing equipment. There's even dog-friendly seating out on their deck with easy access to the Gray's Lake bike trail. While they don't serve food, Confluence Brewing Company encourages you to bring your own or order from a nearby restaurant that offers delivery.
3. Flix Brewhouse
Feel like combining your brewery experience with a movie? If so, head over to Flix Brewhouse. Showing a mix of newer releases interspersed with events featuring classics, Flix Brewhouse also offers a full menu of burgers, sandwiches and appetizers to whet your appetite. You'll find a diverse mix of available beers including ales, IPAs and more.
4. Barn Town Brewing
Located at 9500 University Boulevard in West Des Moines, Barn Town Brewing touts itself as a Grain to Glass Brewpub. Boasting a farm motif, Barn Town Brewing focuses on sourcing their ingredients locally whenever they can. Its founder, Pete Faber, a Des Moines native, strives to brew homemade artisanal ales that are full of flavor and elevate the reputation of pub food with his chef-inspired dishes.
5. Exile Brewing Company
Dominated by a fun, creative and pioneering brewing spirit, the Exile Brewing Company prides itself on offering a robust selection of lagers, sours and more to quench the thirst of their customers. Featuring a rustic-themed beer hall, dog-friendly patio and restaurant that serves up tasty pub favorites, the Exile Brewing Company has been passionately serving the community since 2012.
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