Beer in a tulip glass reading "Barn Town Brewing" on a wood bar in front of a wall with blue pickup truck backer and beer taps at Barn Town Brewing near Des Moines, Iowa

The Ultimate Guide to Des Moines Breweries

In the past few years, I’ve noticed there are a surprising number of places to enjoy a craft beer in Des Moines (and even more across Iowa). In fact, the newly opened Iowa Taproom showcases 120 taps from more than 20 Iowa breweries.

In honor of Des Moines Beer Week, I decided to compile some of my favorite local spots into an ultimate guide to breweries in Des Moines and the surrounding area.


Sips: PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co.

Disclosure: The Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau covered the cost of our drinks at PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co. However, all opinions are my own. When I travel I love to visit local breweries and wineries. It’s always…

Schell's Brewery

Sips: Schell’s Brewery

When we headed north to New Um, Minnesota for Oktoberfest, we planned on drinking lots of beer. But the highlight of our trip was a tour of the August Schell Brewing Company. Founded in 1860, Schell’s…

Sips: Morgan Creek Vineyards

This adventure also appeared on Minnesota Uncorked as part of this year’s 30 Days of Wine. Get in the holiday spirit by checking out the other #30DaysOfWine posts here. This fall when we headed north for a weekend…

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Sips: Bent Brewstillery

When I travel, I love to explore local wineries and craft breweries to get a taste (literally) of the area. Over the years I’ve toted home growlers of craft brews from adventures and even helped stomp grapes at an Iowa winery. But a “brewstillery”? That was a delightful new experience for me.

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Sips: SingleSpeed Brewing

A few months ago, we made a detour in Cedar Falls for lunch on our way back to Des Moines and stumbled across a welcome surprise: a craft brewery. Not only is SingleSpeed Brewing a great place to grab a drink it’s also home to some truly delicious brews.