West O Beer: Pilsner Lager

West O Pilsner
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This week I had a nice dinner with my friend, Jordan, once again at the University Library Cafe. We caught up and had a couple of West O pilsners.

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Backpocket Brewing Company: Jackknife

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This past weekend I was back at home in southeast Kansas for a friend’s 21st birthday celebration. I decided to take home a taste of Iowa with me and maybe let him have a try. The celebration was fantastic and I got some much needed down time and some of my mother’s cooking.

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515 Brewing Company: Undead Red

Undead Red beet ale at 515 Brewing in Des Moines
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Since I collected all of my candy on Beggar’s Night, I decided to head out for a few drinks on Halloween night. I loaded up a friend and drove down to 515 Brewing Company at 7700 University Avenue in Clive. The tiny taproom of the nano-brewery was filled with ghouls, creatures and puns. Everything from the devil to deviled eggs were present. At the back of the room, Guru BBQ was serving tacos and everyone was enjoying a great beer.

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Exile Brewing Company: North by Midwest

North by Midwest at Exile Brewing Company
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My post this week is a little late, but I’ve been traveling this weekend and visiting friends in southeast Iowa. Last week I made my second trip to Exile Brewing Company at 1514 Walnut in Des Moines. Exile has quickly become one of my favorite spots. The food is amazing, I’m always impressed with the staff and I love the dimly lit, almost 1950s feel of their restaurant area.

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New American Brewing Company: 1789 Porter

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I walked down to the University Library Cafe at 35th and University Avenue in Des Moines again this week and after scanning their beer menu, I decided to try another dark beer.

The 1789 Porter, from New American Brewing in Ankeny, pours extremely smooth with a very dark, almost black, color. It also has a thick, cream colored head. The aroma has a roasted, coffee smell and a slightly bitter tinge.

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Confluence Brewing Company: Nessie

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On October 1st, I drove to Confluence Brewing Company. When I pulled up to an old warehouse building, I wasn’t sure I was in the right place, but then I saw the lit up “Confluence Brewing Company” sign on the front, over the door. I walked through the Confluence brewing floor, passed the local artwork on the walls, and came to the door of the taproom expecting to order the famous Des Moines IPA or Farmer Johns Multigrain Ale, but then the bartender told me that they had just put on their brand new Scottish ale: Nessie.

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Exile Brewing Company: Hannah

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Last week I made my first journey to Exile Brewing Company in downtown Des Moines, Iowa at 1514 Walnut Street. Exile offers 13 seasonal brews and four main beers: Ruthie, Gigi, Betty and finally, Hannah, which I decided to try.

Hannah is Exile’s Bavarian Wheat beer. It is brewed with a top-fermented style unlike its Bavarian brothers, the Munich Helles and golden lagers that made that area famous. It is a golden brown color with an orange tinge and is cloudy. This separates wheat beer from lagers and pilsners, which are usually clear and golden.

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