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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
200 N 10th St
phone: (515) 362-5222
Monday - Thursday: 11am - Midnight
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
Food is served from:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 23
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Went in expecting this to be my favorite brewery on my trip to Iowa, left horribly disappointed! The food was very good, I got a bacon ranch cheeseburger that was huge and tasty, but everything else about the restaurant was terrible. The beer was awful, far, far, far too flat for me to enjoy - even the light beer tasted like syrup almost. Our server knew next to nothing about the beer, I asked what style the el bandito loco was and the women looked at me and said it was simply an "ale". When I pressed further she mumbled something about Imperial IPAs, walked away awkwardly and then came back and told me the beer was an english bitter. I then tasted the beer and realized that it was definitely an IPA. Suffice to say, she didn't receive the best tip. The service was poor, the atmosphere was average, the beer sucked, I won't be returning.
08-17-2010 01:07:20 |
More by jt31914
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75 | $$
Atmosphere - this is a well done brewpub (in design). The downstairs has a bar, and tables for dining. Upstairs there is a second bar and a huge row of full sized pool tables.
Quality - Unfortunately, the beer here is well below average and inconsistent. There are times where the carb levels are way off, a lot of beers are coyingly sweet, the IPA is pretty boring when it is carbed. A lot of my friends and I like to go there, but will often order wine or from the bottle selection of Green Flash.
Service - bartenders and servers are always great. The bartenders aren't bashful either. I remember once I ordered a seasonal scotch ale or something of that style, and the bartender said, let me get you a sample, you won't like it. He was right and I than got something else.
Selection - they do brew a decent selection. There's a lighter beer, than a sweeter vanilla cream ale, a red, a stout, and often seasonal selections.
Food - the food is pretty good. I've had a steak there, and a pulled pork sandwich. The pulled pork was really good. I've never been disappointed with the food.
Value - overall, beers are priced reasonably, food is what you'd expect, from sandwiches to pastas etc. The quality of the beers certainly detracts from the perceived value, however.
04-22-2013 14:07:41 |
More by Herky21
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
I stopped in to the Raccoon River Brewing Company with a friend before walking to an Iowa Cubs minor league baseball game. As Raccoon River is a bit of a walk from the stadium, we eventually went back to the car and drove the a closer parking place.
This brewpub is located near the commercial portion and is on the edge of the social-scene portion of Des Moines. Parking was ample (we had our choice of meters steps away from the front door). Suppertime (6:30 pm) on a Tuesday is a slow time in Raccoon River and few other patrons were present. We seated ourselves at the bar and were promptly greeted by the bartender. Outdoor seating is available in summer months. The brewing equipment is visible behind large windows and added to our experience.
We ordered a pizza to split and I ordered the beer tray, which is a row of 8 glasses with a small sample of each of the 8 beers on tap. The bartender was friendly and, when I mentioned that I homebrew, she pulled out the brewery recipe instruction book for me to peruse. When sampling the beers, I started with the Light and worked my way to dark and then hoppy. I was not impressed. The Light was a hands down winner to other Light Beers (Bud Light, etc), but the other 7 beers were all quite lacking in malt sweet and/or body. Watery. Really nothing here to get excited about. The pizza arrived hot and quick (few other people placing orders) and tasted mediocre. Pricing was about right for this kind of establishment.
I found the too quiet atmosphere and food not to my liking. Perhaps on a busier evening, the bar would have been happening and enjoyable. The food may be better when the kitchen is in high gear, or I may simply have picked one of the poorer menu selections. If you can only visit one brewpub in Des Moines, visit Court Avenue Brewing...Raccoon River doesn't hold a candle to it (I stopped by Court Avenue after the ballgame...see my review in BeerFly).
07-07-2004 23:27:29 |
More by mentor
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located downtown and for whatever reason a very dark place. I agree with some other reviews. This is a food place first and a beer place second.
The IPA and DIPA were okay..a bit too sweet and catty for my likes...but a typical midwest IPA.
There seemed to be a lot of locals that really liked the place. I was there by myself, and was dissapointed by the 2 small tv's.
However, this is a food place and not a place that highlights their beer. I would reccomend the ramen soup, which was WONDERFUL! If you are in town for a night I would go other places. However, it is certainly worth a try and a freindly place.
07-14-2011 17:16:06 |
More by ndolover
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I was in town on business and got to spend a Thursday night touring the three brewpubs that have creative license to brew beers on site.
Ranked by quality of beer, they are - Court Avenue, Rock Bottom, and Raccoon River.
Raccoon River was my second stop. Urban Spoon gave them and Court an 85% like it for food so I decided to eat at my second stop - Racoon River.
Racoon River is more of a good restaurant that happens to brew beer as opposed to a brewpub that focuses on beer.
The bartender gives samples when people ask questions about the beer.
I had an IPA and he gave me a sample of the double IPA (El Bandit). They also had a light, vanilla cream, red, stout, pils, and pumpkin.
The IPA was mellow and sweet with not much hop aroma. While drinkable, I left half a pint.
The double IPA was a mouthfull of sweetness.
The food was very good. I had an appetizer of the seared ahi tuna and the greek salad. The greek salad was probably the best greek salad I've had in Greece or the USA.
10-22-2010 02:34:25 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon... beers were standard fare, nothing that pushed the envelope. It was a nice location and the atmosphere/ servers where nice. Not a good sign when I strike up a consersation with someone about microbreweries and they start talking immediately about Boulevard. Worth a stop but there is a better option in town.
03-15-2013 01:22:35 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Tuesday August 28, 3:45-4:30pm
Considering I was staying next door at the Hotel Des Moines, there wasn't a closer or easier to find beer locale. I entered through a pair of sturdy wooden doors to find an eerily quiet (few patrons this early on a Tuesday afternoon - just before 4pm), but cheery enough space. The tall ceilings (partially divided into two floors), wood trim and grey/white tile patterns give away the buildings age; a sturdy bar with chipping lacquer looks a bit 'tired'...er, 'loved'.
The stop on this day was strictly for beer; the mid-90s Iowan heat after a long flight from Portland and a brief business meeting made RRBC an easy pick. I sat alone at the bar, tended by a friendly young woman (missed her name) who gladly offered samples (free) of their three IPAs: Bandit, Midnight Bandit and El Bandito Loco. I tasted diacetyl in both the Bandit and Bandito Loco, so I chose the Midnight Bandit (normally don't like 'Black IPA' much, but this was pretty good to me). A few minutes later, my co-worker arrived and asked for tastes of the pilsner, wheat and red (which she chose for being 'smooth').
Overall, there were 9 beers on draft, all pretty standard styles. I noticed a few bottles in an under-counter cooler, all 'macro' lagers for the unadventurous.
I wasn't overly impressed with any of the beers, but appreciated the generosity with tastes and the $7.25 tab for two pints (we tipped well). Not a 'must', but a possible pit stop if I'm ever back in DSM.
A side note: we skipped food, but were told by a couple different people (not affiliated with the brewery) that the quality of food was greatly improved in recent months
09-03-2012 22:43:38 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Two visits in three days, one for lunch, and one between lunch and dinner. Overall, I'd probably rank this place as roughly a tie with Court Avenue Brewing. Good beers, good food, but not amazing.
Had a sampler, and numerous pints. Overall, the quality of the beer was quite good. The highlights were the Bandit IPA, spicy, grassy, earthy, and a great basic west coast style IPA, full of centennial and cascade; and Stonecutter Stout: thick, sweet, and full of chocolate and rich roasty flavors. It's probably a false association, but the stout reminded me a lot of the Sagebrush Stout at Wynkoop. Decent but nothing to write home about were a chocolate porter (but it warmed very well, and I eventually got a pint), the Homestead Red, and a light modied but pleasantly spicy seasonal Maibock. Mediocre to underwhelming was the overly sweetish Rye.
$6 sampler racks are difficult to meddle with: they seem to like to force you to drink what they want you to. But I eventually convinced my kind and accommodating server that I really, really didn't want to drink a few of the styles, and really, really wanted to sample a couple more of the seasonals/richer styles, and tipped her heavily for her kindness. Got pints of the stout, IPA, and chocolate porter. For Des Moines, and the midwest generally, the beer selection was solid.
Food: had an excellent Maytag blue cheese entree salad, and some average to decent appetizers. Prices are great on the lunch menu; they definitely climb rapidly at dinner (which I didn't have.)
Atmosphere: lunchtime was a little stuffy in terms of suits engaging in business conversation and deals. The physical setting is nice, big, open, long glass windows, and was an easy place to eat and drink alone.
I was actually a little disappointed, since I love Wynkoop in Denver, which apparently has some sort of a business and brewing history relationship with this place (their house ale yeast was apparently chosen by a Wynkoop brewer.)
While I wasn't overwhelmed, it's certainly a solid option in downtown Des Moines, and I will return when I'm in town next.
08-21-2006 03:44:45 |
More by warmstorage
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Despite the fact that I work less than 1/2 mile from Raccoon River Brewing Company, I've never been there in the 9+ years that I've lived in Des Moines. In fact, I don't ever remember walking or driving past. Needless to say, I don't get downtown much.
I found a parking spot right in front of the brewpub at high noon, but parking should never be a problem because there's a parking garage right across the street. The inside is open and airy with a 'warehouse' feel that includes bare brick walls and minimal wall decorations. I can't say that I was overly impressed with the decor, but it's functional I guess. There's an upper level that contains several pool tables and even though it's open to the lower level dining area, the noise wasn't really noticeable with the murmur of a busy lunchtime crowd.
The food was average. My wife thought that her hamburger was passable, but nothing special and I thought the same about my BBQ pork sandwich. I only had one pint of beer (Bandit IPA) which I found to be good, though it seemed more of an APA to me. Our waitress was pleasant and attentive, but she did give me a funny look and asked if my beer was alright when she saw me holding it up to the light to check the color and clarity. My wife just rolled her eyes and sighed. She's used to me by now.
Not a bad lunch by any means, but I won't be counting the days until I can return, at least for the food. I will be making an effort though to stop in on occasion to have a pint or two. Something tells me that the Bandit IPA may a highlight, but I'm still looking forward to sampling the rest of RRBC's offerings. I have to agree with the BeerFly consensus, Court Avenue is the superior brewpub in downtown Des Moines.
08-10-2004 03:38:51 |
More by BuckeyeNation
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