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Court Avenue Brewing Company
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 104
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
309 Court Ave
phone: (515) 282-2739
Monday - Thursday 11am - Midnight (with food until 10:30 p.m.)
Friday & Saturday 11am - 2am (with food until 11 p.m., late night menu until midnight)
Sunday 4:30pm - 10pm (with food until 9 p.m.)
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 29
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place came highly recommended by the locals. Sat in the bar area in the moderately lit establishment. A few TVs tuned to the local basketball games and later to a Premier Football match. Volume level was low and conversations could be held at normal indoor levels. After 7 PM the place really slowed down. The thing that impressed me the most, and with every establishment in Des Moines for that matter, was the exceptional service. Fast, friendly, and knowledgeable. When time permitted, our server came over and chatted with us. I was happy to tip big.
My buddy and I each ordered a beer flight sampling each of their current beers. Highlights were the stout and brown ale. The IPA had a huge tropical fruit thing going on. The hefe was a bit of a disappointment as I thought it was undercarbonated. We both thought their barrel-aged beers were the biggest disappointment. Very raw and boozy. Could of benefited from some blending.
Food was excellant. I ordered the braised pot roast and my buddy ordered the Cabco Sandy. Each of us left satisfied and happy.
The next time I am Des Moines, I will be coming back to this brewpub. Come for the beer, stay for the service and food.
03-05-2011 00:15:36 |
More by morimech
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was in town on business and got to spend a Thursday night touring the three brewpubs that have creative license to brew beers on site.
Ranked by quality of beer, they are - Court Avenue, Rock Bottom, and Raccoon River.
Court River was my first stop around 5:00. Taking into account atmosphere, service, selection, and quality, it was an excellent experience for what I expected in a small Midwest town.
West Coast IPA
Dry Oatmeal Stout
Cask Pumpkin ale
Biere de Garde
Red Ale in Bourbon Barrell
Local made Sutliff Cider
Comments on the beers I had...
Hefe - good
APA aged in rye barrel with Cascade and Amarillo hops
West Coast IPA piney and citrusy aroma with a bit of a dirty finish
Black IPA seemed too roasty but I'm still learning about this style. Did not seem like an IPA but more of a porter.
Red was nice and balanced with the bourbon
Cask Pumpkin was subtle, nice, but thin
Stout had great roasty aroma and flavor but too cold
Really nice bar area with exposeed brick, tall ceilings and light from the windows to the sidewalk patio out front.
Bar stools were too low.
Brewer came from Great Divide Brewing and has ambitious beers on the way.
Server was super friendly, knew his beer very well, and even helped out with the brewing a couple of hours a week.
10-22-2010 02:18:04 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | $$$
Ok, this place really impressed me and considering it where it is it is an absolute must stop for me if passing through town. I thought the Honest Lawyer was outstanding as well as their IPA that was aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels, 21st Amendment. Why I don't hear more about this place is beyond me. The atmosphere was subdued but it was an afternoon when I stopped. I didn't try any food. It was a little pricey and the service was ok, as it appeared the servers didn't know as much as the people making the beer. After some debate, I talked myself into buying one growler instead of two. Maybe next time...
03-15-2013 01:15:30 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
This was my first time to Des Moines, and to be quite honest, my expectations were not all that high. I managed to make my way to this establishment via the skywalk, which takes you from building to building in enclosed walk ways. It is really a great way to go, especially in the winter. Anyway, I never had to even walk outside from my hotel. I arrived and went to the bar. Here they let you buy a small sample for 1.00 per glass, and it was definitely the way to go for me, as I really was not interested in their light beer, and wanted to be sure to try what I did want to try.
The place is pretty cool looking with a nice mix of old warehouse decor and some new looking wall decor. The people were very friendly (as it seems to be just like the midwest in general!).
I tried several of their beers, and found the seasonal stout to be a real winner. For some reason, the hefe was really terrific my first visit, but it seemed a bit thinner on my second and third (yes, I went back two more times as I had to get through all the items I wanted to try on the food menu as well!!). I would still recommend it though. If you try their Topping (or was it Tupping) pale ale, be sure to let it warm up as some really wonderful characteristics come out. It gets really creamy and smooth!! I got to have the porter on hand pump, and the porter regular style as well, the hand pump was the way to go.
Okay, now to the food. The first night I went with the vegetarian burrito (yes, I am one) and it had falafel balls, beans and rice in it, topped with homemade salsa, which was really nice and full of cilantro!! after that, I knew I had to go back. I tried their spent grain pretzels--WARNING, they give you 4 of them, so share!! My coworker came that time. He got the spinach salad with fresh strawberries and said how great it was, which is why I had to go back a third time. I got the collosus salad, a greek salad with falafel balls. It was also big!! The next night I went I got the spinach salad, and who knew spinach could taste like dessert!!! It was awesome!! I then finished off with the bread pudding, which was also very generous and quite tasty as well.
Well, that's about it--go and see for yourself, that this place knows what they are doing. Oh, the owner is from the Philly area (I found out after asking why they had Yeungling six pack holders holding the condiments!!) and the brewer from Australia!!
02-26-2004 18:19:25 |
More by gueuzegeek
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have stopped into CABCO a few times when travelling through Des Moines but finally had an opportunity to slow down and take in the whole Des Moines experience this past weekend. We were in town for the Hy-Vee Triathlon and of course we had to have some local beer. Court Avenue was actually better than I remebered it. Our server was excellent. The facility was bigger than I remembered. There is an interesting history and they employ it in the marketing of their beer. I was very excited to see "spent grain pretzels" on the menu and we ordered a couple of orders for our party. All of the beers were good, but I was partial to the California Common with the Honest Lawyer IPA achieving some honorable mention. The food was very good. I had a steak salad that was just average, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the evening. Family friendly, good atmosphere and friendly service. I have to say that I think very highly of the brewpubs in Des Moines compared to the rest of the country. They are definitely in the top 1/4 as far as overall experience is concerned.
07-01-2009 04:50:32 |
More by Ragingbull
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My brother and I stopped by in the middle of a road trip from Boston to Sacramento. Although it is located in the court district of Des Moines, it was a very sleepy late Monday afternoon.
The bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable and pointed me toward a double ESB that I really enjoyed. We also had the Naked Red on cask, the Blackhawk Stout, Honest Lawyer IPA, and the 21st ammendment pale ale. All were good, but the double ESB was the star.
The food was very, very good. We shared an appetizer (half off for happy hour) of crab-stuffed Boursin mushrooms that were perfect, and a tasty artichoke heart pizza that featured deliciously fresh cheese on top.
The artwork on the walls was a nice touch as well, with several paintings to match some of their beers. Combined with the comfortably low lighting and the brewhouse located behind a glass wall in the bar, court ave brewing had a real nice atmosphere.
08-03-2010 16:58:28 |
More by palmdalethriller
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Walked in looking for a brewery on a business trip in Des Moines. Court street was alive and vibrant that night. Court Ave Brewing Company was a nice, quiet sanctuary from the chaos outside.
The bar is dimly lit and has a huge collection of membership mugs lining the top of the bar area. There were some really cool paintings of an artists rendition of various beer styles and some of the breweries signs for their own beers of years past (I'm guessing. I didn't see any of those beers on tap.)
I ordered a tasters rack and a pint of whatever beer I liked best (That turned out to be the 21st Amendment.) Ray and Jake were running the bar area and would take a moment whenever they got the chance to ask me how I enjoyed the beers. Ray, at one point, slipped me a taste of their Boers's Best Rye Barley Wine which I really appreciated.
I had a really good time here last night and I will be sure to stop here again.
06-18-2011 20:11:06 |
More by AlleywayRover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Des Moines seems to be a ghost town on Sunday nights, but this is open, & well worth a visit. Despite the place being almost empty, we were all packed into a pretty small room. Unfortunately, I was between seasonal beers, but was satisfied with the brown & the stout, both workmanlike if not outstanding. Hight point was dessert of bread pudding -- not only the best Ive ever had, but a mountain of a serving. Service was good, but why do Iowans always say "No problem" instead of "Youre welcome?" I plan to stop back on my regular jaunts into the city.
10-20-2006 16:04:22 |
More by DreamFielder
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Beautiful brick building located right in downtown Des Moines, I liked the outside of the building. You walk into two huge swinging doors, and are greeted by a friendly, 1910 to 1920 decor restaurant bar.
We head to the bar to get started! I had read on the website that they had a casked "Mole, Mole, Mole". Well, I'm guessing this is a peppered beer. BING! It was a peppered stout, and it was tasty. I usually have to try every cask offering a brewpub has, and this was no let down. It had some great spice, and a good malt body to support it. Also tried the Honest Lawyer IPA, and it was also very good. A more malty IPA, but it had a great balance.
The 21st Amendment was next on the list, and I'd give it a B- or so. I thought the Rye was overpowering. I like rye Whisky (although not Templeton), but this was a little much. Not too much alcohol flavor, just the rye profile.
Also tried the wheat wine, which I thought was fantastic. Have recently read a little about wheat wines, but never had one before, and I was very impressed.
Overall, I will go back, and I'd recommend it to anyone who is in the area.
02-28-2011 15:38:23 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Court Avenue has a very cool atmosphere loaded with beer memorbilia. And the service was pretty good. As for the most important aspects....the beer and the food, I really enjoyed Court Avenue. The beers I tried were the Blackhawk Stout, Pointer Brown Ale, Winter Ale, and the Honest Lawyer IPA. These 4 beers were quite good. The IPA is outstanding, very hoppy. The Brown and Stout were very good, too. The food was quite good, too. I had a Bourbon Steak and sampled some other food from other people in my party and it was all good. Deserts and appitizers were excellent as well. Food prices were a little higher than the typical brewpubs, but so was the quality. Beers were $4 a pint ($2.50 during Happy Hour). Overall, I was extremely impressed with Court Avenue Brewing Company.
01-06-2007 15:15:04 |
More by zeff80
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