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Raccoon River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 51
Beer Avg: 3.39
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
200 N 10th St
phone: (515) 362-5222
Monday - Thursday: 11am - Midnight
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
Food is served from:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I was out in Des Moines for work, and wanted to try some local beer while I was there. I walked there via the skywalk, which is a terrific way to go! I sat down at the bar, and was greeted by a tremendously friendly bartender. It was early on a Wednesday evening (5:30ish), so it was not all that crowded, so she was able to talk. At the racoon, they do a really nice sampler tray where you can try every one of their brews, even the seasonals, and due to the fact that they had just put a new one on and the previous ones had not kicked, I actually got an extra one on my tray.
Overall, the beers were decent, and not necessarily the best ever, however, there were enough choices that anyone could find one or two to really enjoy. I found the Java Joe's porter seasonal to be one of the top two. It was reportedly brewed with coffee from a local roaster, and was quite tasty (if you like coffe, of course). The other one I liked was their IPA. It was not at all bitter, and was pretty floral over all. I shall post individual reviews of most of what I tried. The place is in an old ford model T factory building, so it was pretty cool looking. The old elevator is still there, but it is covered with two very nice, very large wooden doors. The bar has a nice shape to it as well. I did enjoy my visit, however at one point, a guy walked up to the bar and ordered some big 3 lite beer. I asked him why he didn't get one of the beers brewed there and he responed with something like "Because they are so big, they know what they are doing". The bar tender and I had a very nice discussion about that after he departed. She said she tries to encourage people, but some just will not even consider it! Their loss!!
I did have food as well, and as vegetarian, there was really only one dinner choice, which was a penne pasta with broccoli and sundried tomatos with freshly grated parmesian cheese. It was cooked perfectly, even the brocolli and I was quite pleased.
Overall, if you are in the area, it is worth a visit.
02-26-2004 17:59:37 |
More by gueuzegeek
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
My visit was around 4 pm on a Saturday the place was dead. Yet it took 5 minutes before we (party of two) got seated. The service improved, our waitress was nice and attentive. She was able to recommend both food and beer.
The décor is stereotypical upscale brewpub. Clean, modern, wood, brick sterile. Two floors, the upstairs has pool tables. It is a rather spacious establishment with plenty of seating. The bar is upfront. A few TVs.
The food is flat out too expensive! The menu is a touch limited as well but fairly inventive. The dishes sampled were tasty. The dessert sampled was tasty but pricey.
The beer is cheap but not all that tasty. The IPA was average. The seasonal Pumpkin Ale was good. My girlfriend thought the Red Ale was bland. Their light beer has rice in it. The beer wont draw me back and the food prices will seal the deal. Skip this one if youre in Des Moines and go to Court Ave.
10-20-2003 14:37:30 |
More by bditty187
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Contemporary atmosphere..clean and spacious. The menu was somewhat pricy, though the beer sampler was a pretty good deal at $7 for 8 4oz. samples. 15bbl. There is an upstairs area and bar with high cielings throughout. Not too noisy. They had 5 regulars and 3 seasonals on tap, all of which were ok to good in quality. Located downtown, with free parking after 6:00pm. The wait staff was a little slow, but friendly and the food was pretty good. Menu selection offered some traditional fare but also some ethnic-hybrid dishes to keep it interesting. I don't think this breweries yeast strain does well with higher gravity beers, as they all tended to have some degree of isopropyl alcohol tinge to them.
08-30-2003 20:51:13 |
More by Mitchster
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Raccoon River Brewing Company in Des Moines, IA
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