Confluence Brewery Company

Inspired Creations

Small Town Brown | Brown Ale

When head brewer, John Martin, first moved to Des Moines he was struck by how many people he met who, like him, were originally from other small towns around the state. Open a map and you’ll immediately notice the sheer number of tiny hamlets that dot the countryside. Each one adds their own slight twist on what it means to be Iowan, each contributing a dash of individual flavor to the tapestry that is our great state. In much the same way, small additions of numerous specialty malts add layers of nuttiness, caramel and chocolate to Small Town Brown, providing a way to balance the bold, fruity and resinous character of the Simcoe, Chinook and Independence hops we added in generous measure. Raise a full, rich and hoppy pint with us to all the unique and wonderful small towns that dot our fair state.

ABV 6.1

IBU 40

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Ayana's Rhino Rye | Double IPA

We've been connected to the Rhinos at Blank Park Zoo ever since they took a liking to one of our kegs that we donated as a toy. We were so enamored of them that we've named beers after most members of their family. This Rye Double IPA is named for Ayana, whose name means “Beautiful Flower” in Swahili. She has given bloom to a whole new generation of the endangered Eastern Black Rhino. It is incredibly rare for her species to give birth in human care let alone have a female calf, but Ayana has doubled down and birthed two! With beautiful floral and orange notes playing along a hefty biscuity backbone with a touch of rye spiciness, we think this combination perfectly reflects Ayana's balance of raw strength and nurturing ways. So join us in raising a pint: To the mother of Rhinos!

ABV 8.6%

IBU 82

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Mango Dodger | Rye Barrel Aged Rock Dodger Double India Pale Ale with Mango

Available in a 22 oz. bomber!

Our Rock Dodger is already a hot fruity mess. We racked our fully dry-hopped double IPA into rye whiskey barrels over a mound of diced mangos. The base beer has a blend of hops including Citra, El Dorado and Simcoe, resulting in a fruit-forward double IPA. The mangos further accentuate the existing tropical fruit flavors of the base beer and are balanced by the bracing heat from the rye barrels, creating an irresistible finish. The result is nothing short of magnificent. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

ABOUT OUR CONFLUENCE COOPERAGE SERIES: 
This series employs a variety of cooperage to elevate the spirit of our beer, proving that good things come together, for those who wait. 

ABV 10.7%

IBU 88

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Special Saison No. 2 | Golden Strong Ale

For centuries, hardworking men and women enjoyed drinking a saison during their midday break on the farm. With 2x the traditional ABV, this saison is best enjoyed at the end of the work day. Inspired by a Belgian favorite, this brew adds the characteristic spiciness and fruity flavors of French saison yeast to the traditional Belgian Golden Strong Ale to create an American hybrid more accurately called a super or special saison. We combined European Pilsner malt with Belgian Abbey malt to create a robust flavor. Belgian candy sugar and dextrose drive the ABV into the double digits while keeping the flavor dry and clean. German Magnum hops deliver bittering while French Strisselspalt hops bring flavor and aroma. The saison yeast contributes its characteristic notes while creating a beer that’s dry — yet with plenty of mouthfeel and body — plus a rich texture and a little sweetness.

ABV 10%

IBU 21

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Ash Tree ESB | English-Style ESB

The ash tree has long been an icon of the landscape of England and Iowa. In fact, the tree’s common name comes from Old English aesc. Our ESB pays homage to this hardy tree that has seen better days and hopefully will again in our lifetime. Don’t be fooled by the term, “Extra Special Bitter (ESB).” English bitters offer an intriguing balance of malt and hops. The interplay between the crystal malts and the noble English hops delivers a sweet, yet slightly bitter tingly taste sensation. We used traditional base malts from Great Britain (Maris Otter and Golden Promise). The English yeast imparts a slight mineral character and some fruity notes, giving an overall flavor that reminds some of biscuits and marmalade.

ABV 6.3%

IBU 40

Saison Des Moines with Cranberries and Spruce Tips | French-Style Saison

Available in 16 oz. 4-pack cans!

Saison Des Moines was created by our farm-boy-turned-head-brewer, John Martin, as an homage to the simple-but-elegant Saison DuPont. Traditionally a Saison should be enjoyed as a respite from the heat after a hard day's work. As craft brewers push the boundaries of the tradition, so have we pushed this Saison out of its season with the addition of tart cranberries and spruce tips. We think you'll find that this non-traditional Saison evokes the taste and feeling of the holidays. Please enjoy this beer with friends and loved ones in this season of togetherness. From Confluence Brewing, to you and yours, happy holidays!

ABV 7.1%

IBU 20

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Blue Corn Lager (Tequila Barrel Aged With Guava & Agave) | Barrel Aged Adjunct Lager

With the help of our friends at El Mayor®, we were able to acquire a few 100% blue agave reposado tequila barrels. Having previously aged our Blue Corn Lager in their barrels, we knew we wanted to give it another go but this time with a twist. The beer you are holding was racked over pink guava puree and raw organic agave nectar to amplify the characteristics from the tequila flavor still trapped in the oak. Although most of the sugar has fermented out, this beastly 11.16% beer still retains a slight sweetness and finishes with a beautifully complex marriage of pear and guava. Though it might be a combination of fermented blue corn and distilled blue agave, a glass of this beer will leave you anything but blue!

ABV 11.1

IBU 21

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The Wizard Gose Style Sour Ale | Gose

When humans first began brewing beer, the science behind fermentation was not well understood and probably seemed a bit like magic. We now know that around 1000 AD in Goslar, in present-day Germany, lactic producing bacteria from the grain and air combined with the salinity of their local water source to help the brewers produce a tart, refreshing brew that we call Gose (GO-zuh). In conjuring up a plan for this beer, we honored that natural sort of magic by culturing lactobacillus organically from our grain to quickly sour a whole batch of beer. The resulting brew retains the magic of the original, with a citrus-like tartness and minerality that awakens and refreshes your palate with each sip. This style has been around for quite some time, and some may say Confluence is late to the party, but a Wizard is never late, nor early, he arrives precisely when he means to! Now that this Wizard is here, raise a pint and share in the magic with us. Cheers!

ABV 3.9

IBU 0

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Bagger's Burden Kolsch W/ Tamarind & Cardamom | Kolsch

Thanks to the Greenbelt, Walnut Creek and Bill Riley Trails, Confluence and 515 Brewing have been literally connected since 515 opened their doors in March of 2013. But there is a lot more than a trail system tying our two breweries together. A mutual love of great beer and its endless variety of styles has made us fast friends, and members from one brewery can often be found in the taproom of the other after a long day’s work. When we sat down to put our heads together on this long overdue collaboration, we realized that several members of our team are self-professed “baggers.” You know, those bikers with the fat tires that always have an extra can of beer for you in the cavernous depths of their saddle bags. So, in honor of these generous folks, we set out to brew the perfect beer to place in their bags: a Kolsch–clean, simple, and refreshing. The addition of cardamom and tamarind gives this beer a balanced sweetness and tartness to make it the perfect thirst quencher for a summer ride. Grab a four-pack and help us celebrate good friends and refreshing beer!

ABV 6.5

IBU 0

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Extinction Event NEIPA - 007, Nelson Sauvin, & Medusa | New England IPA

This series is our ever-evolving answer to the shifting landscape of IPAs. Each batch is created with a similar malt backbone, but with enough variance from its own sequence of lush, tropical-forward hops to be a unique species. Our passion for maximum flavor drives our unstoppable quest for incredible hop combinations. In this fun-filled exploration of the depths of the lupulin landscape, we are proud to share a fleeting glimpse of our short-lived creation. It's designed with a softer body, sweeter profile, and low bitterness, to showcase many of today's designer hops. Every batch in this hazy series will have its own unique hops line-up. You might be tempted to shelter this creation from extinction by squirreling it away, but to truly enjoy this beer, drink it fresh... then look for the next!

ABV 6.2

IBU -

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The Melba Wizard | Fruited Gose

When humans first began brewing beer, the science behind fermentation was not well understood and probably seemed a bit like magic. We now know that around 1000 AD in Goslar, in present day Germany, lactic producing bacteria from the grain and air combined with the salinity of their local water source to help the brewers produce a tart, refreshing brew that we call Gose (Go-zuh). In conjuring up a plan for this beer, we honored that natural sort of magic by culturing lactobacillus organically from our grain to quickly sour a whole batch of beer. The resulting brew retains the magic of the original, with a citrus-like tartness and minerality that awakens and refreshes your palate with each sip. Of course any wizard worth the name has more than one trick up their sleeve. In this case, The Wizard has summoned hundreds of pounds of all-natural peaches and raspberries to impart a balancing sweetness and create an invigorating tonic guaranteed to amaze and delight. Grab a pint a share in the magic with us!

ABV 5

IBU -

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Wild Influence | Wild Beer

Brettanomyces can be quite a fickle yeast, often leading to unpredictable results and "Wild" beers. Case in point, two and a half years ago we brewed our first beer using primary fermentation by Brettanomyces with our friends at Insight Brewing. But the beer–aptly named “Influence”–failed to turn out as we had hoped. Curious, we stowed a portion of the batch in rum barrels that had previously conditioned a beer with a completely different strain of Brett. For the past two years, those two separate strains have been working away, transforming our experiment into a one-of-a-kind beauty vastly different from the original. With its notes of tropical fruit and a hint of sweet vanilla from the rum barrels, we hope you enjoy the light tartness and

ABV 6

IBU -

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The Smoothest Road | Hazy Double IPA

Those who sell and promote our beer, those who lug kegs from brewery to accounts, those who clean tap lines and ensure quality standards are as much a part of the family as the people who stand on the brewhouse deck daily. Every pint we pour is our passion, and it’s a passion we share with our friends at WeldWerks Brewing. Cheers to controlling your own destiny!­ 

ABV 10

IBU -

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