Confluence Brewing 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

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

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

Kiano's Cut | IPA - Imperial/Double

Available in a 22 oz. bomber!

We brew a series of three beers in honor of our family of Eastern Black rhino friends at Blank Park Zoo. Kiano's Cut is a Cedar Ridge Rye barrel-aged version of Ayana's Rye Double IPA. Named for the male Kiano, meaning "full of joy", this beer is packed full of citrus-forward hops, layered over the spicy rye malt base. Three months in the barrel works to punch up the rye character, shile adding a touch of heat. The resulting beer weighs in at 9.2% ABV, packing a rhino-sized wallop. Despite their rough exterior, our rhino friends have a softer, artistic side as well. The artwork on this bottle is a reproduction of the actual artwork the family painted for us with their prehensile lip! So raise a glass to these magnificent creatures, and Blank Park's tireless efforts to save them from extinction.

ABV 9.2

IBU 82

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

St. Nick's Christkindlbier | Spiced/Herbed Beer

Available in a 16 oz. 4-packs!

A Christkindlmarket is a wonderful German tradition dating back to the early 1300's in which men and women set up stalls during the first few weeks of the advent calendar to sell their crafts, foods, and drinks. The tradition of this outdoor winter market continues today and has spread beyond the borders of Germany. We are celebrating Des Moines' second annual Christkindlmarket with this limited edition spiced beer! With the intent ot warm the heart as well as the body, we crafted a malty, German inspired beer with an upfront gingerbread flavor from the addition of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and vanilla bean. We hope this special beer will keep you warm while perusing the stalls of the Des Moines' market, or sitting around a fire this holiday. Cheers!

ABV 6.1%

IBU 0

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

Farmer John’s Multi-Grain Ale, Red Wine BA with Lavender & Brettanomyces Bruxellensis | Blonde Ale W/ Brettanomyces

The multitude of grains in our Farmer John’s Multi-Grain Ale make it a natural playground for secondary fermentation through the transformative powers of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. Conjunctively the subtly sweet flavor of our base beer lends itself well to the layered complexity of lavender. Too nerdy or flowery? Here’s what we did, we took Farmer John’s, added lavender, tossed it into red wine barrels, and added a wild yeast for some tart and funky flavor. The result is an incredibly fun & refreshing beer with notes of cherry pie, freshly cut hay, and of course, lavender. This beer is bottle conditioned with live culture which means it will continue to mature as it ages – even if we don’t!

ABV 7.2

IBU 0

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

Gray's Lake Nessie W/ Hazelnut Coffee | Scottish Ale

Available in 16 oz. 4-pack cans!

As most of us can attest, every now and then you just need a pick-me-up. Scottish lake monsters living in Des Moines are no exception! We decided to help perk up our beloved Nessie with some cold brewed hazelnut coffee from our friends over at Friedrichs. The resulting concoction allows all of the smooth and malty flavors of Nessie to shine through while adding an eye-opening fresh hazelnut coffee nose and finish that will be sure to soothe even the most savage of beasts!

ABV 5.7

IBU 17

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

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

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

Camp Fire Black Lager Bourbon Barrel Aged W/ S'mores | Black Lager

If you’ve been on as many family camping trips as we have, you undoubtedly have fond memories of sitting around the campfire after dark and toasting marshmallows for hot and gooey s’mores. Maybe, like us, as you became the adult, you toasted the marshmallows for the kids, and passed around a bottle of the “good stuff” for the grownups. It seems inevitable then, that we would try to capture those memories in a Bourbon Barrel Aged version of our Camp Fire Black Lager. The familiar notes of marshmallow, graham and chocolate all play together across the backdrop of bourbon burn and the sweet smoky malts of our black lager. Grab a bottle for your next camping trip, or as a substitute when you can’t manage to get everyone around the fire. Cheers!

ABV 8

IBU 30

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

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

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

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 -

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

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 -

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

Olde Dirty Kent's English-Style Barleywine | English-Style Barleywine

Candid, astute, and always quick with a quip, Kent Middendorf has been a staple of Confluence Brewing for over six and a half years. As a brewer, cellarman, analyst, and handyman, Kent’s contributions have been instrumental to our success and the quality of our beer. We’ve crafted this English-Style Barleywine in honor of his retirement from brewing. Rich with notes of toffee, caramel, and dark fruits, it's the perfect beer to toast to our departing friend. Here’s to Olde Dirty Kent!

ABV 10.6

IBU -

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

Oak Aged Pale Sour | Sour

We aged this beer in our Foeder for 15 months, letting a blend of Lactobacillus go to work to create a nice soft lemony tartness that's complimented by notes of vanilla and "wine-like" tannins from the wood. In contrast to the previous oak aged sour, Foeder Johns, this one has enough residual malt sweetness to balance and marry the complex flavors into an immensely enjoyable whole.

ABV 5

IBU -

Availability

Draft Taproom

Ferryman's Peanut Butter Cup | Russian Imperial Stout

Legend has it that on occasion the confluence of the Des Moines and the Raccoon rivers are met by an ethereal third river–known to some as the river Styx. Trafficked by a cloaked and mysterious black figure who, since time immemorial, has conveyed souls from one bank to the other, pausing only occasionally to refresh his own weary spirit. A rich blend of roasted and chocolate malts layered over silky cacao nibs and gobs of creamy peanut butter, this stout is precisely the treat needed to sustain his eternal mission and bring a smile to his face. We hope this legendary beer does the same for you, our legendary fans. Cheers!

ABV 13.5

IBU -

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase

Extinction Event- Belma, El Dorado & Vic Secret | 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 -

Availability

Draft Taproom Purchase