Boasting 36 taps and plans to launch 80 new beers in 2021, the team behind Confluence Brewing Company are doing bold things in Des Moines, IA. And with easy access to the bike trail, a huge outdoor beer garden with plenty of bicycle parking, it's the perfect spot for the upcoming spring/summer season.
We spoke to Taproom Manager, Mark David, about the history of this awesome spot, as well as what Confluence has in store for 2021.
Read more on their taproom, beers and events on their website.
Q. WHAT'S YOUR NAME?
A. Mark David
Q. WHAT IS YOUR TITLE?
A. Taproom Manager
Q. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME OF YOUR BREWERY?
A: It is a reference to the two rivers that meet near our location. A nod to the main ingredient we use in making beer (water), and our motto says it all- "Where Good Things Come Together." Our taproom and beer garden are the perfect place for people to come together and enjoy a cold beer!
Q. WHAT BEER/BRANDS INSPIRED YOU IN CREATING YOUR OWN BRAND?
A. John Martin (owner) and his buddy, Sean McClain, failed to make a drinkable raisin almond beer — but the attempt altered the trajectory of his professional life. John fell in love with the craftsmanship and creativity involved in making beer
Q. WHAT IS YOUR BREWERY MOST KNOWN FOR?
A. Our beer release schedule is exceptionally exciting, we release at least one new beer each and every Friday. This year we plan on putting out over 80 different beers!
Q. THE ALIENS HAVE FINALLY HAD ENOUGH, YOU GET ONE LAST ITEM FROM YOUR BREWERY'S MENU BEFORE THEY EVAPORATE EARTH. WHAT IS IT?
A. Our owner's favorite beer style is Oktoberfest, so sipping on a pint of ours wouldn't be a bad way to go out :)
Q. WHAT BEERS ARE IN YOUR FRIDGE RIGHT NOW?
Q. WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE BEER(S)?
A. Bells Two Hearted. Not really a guilt pleasure, just a damn good beer.
Q. WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU GOT INTO BEER?
A. A multitude of jobs that all made me want a beer at the end of the day. Now I'm around beer all day and couldn't be happier.