Confluence Brewing Company

Inspired Creations

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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Weiss Grip | German-Style Hefeweizen

The German pronunciation of “weiss” sounds like English “vice.” And, like its namesake tool, the idea of producing a classic German wheat beer (weissbier) took a hold of Confluence cellarman Kent Middendorf and wouldn’t let go.

After Kent did the initial research  and homebrewed  trial batches, he and head brewer John Martin collaborated to select a malt bill of 50% German pils and 50% malted wheat, with a little CaraMunich for a touch of color and flavor enhancement, and German noble hops (tettnanger). Traditional German-style hefeweizen yeast added flavors of clove, banana and bubble gum. The “hefe" prefix means "with yeast,” hence Weiss Grip’s unfiltered, hazy, orange color. Try our version of this popular warm weather thirst quencher.

ABV 5.8%

IBU 17

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Virtuous Endeavor Series - Quadrupel Ale | Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale

The third beer created in our Virtuous Endeavor Series. Brewed by our Assistant Brewer, Andrew Bishop. Belgian and German malt with added dark Belgian candi sugar and rich, deep fruit sweetness throughout make Quadrupel both bold and boozy. Exercise caution when enjoying this 10.2% ABV beauty. 

ABOUT OUR VIRTUOUS ENDEAVOR SERIES: For nearly 425 years, brewing beer has been central to the lives of Trappist monks who view it as a way to create revenue to support their community and as part of a higher calling. Confluence Brewing Company’s three-beer Virtuous Endeavor Series — featuring Dubbel, Tripel and Quadrupel Ale — was inspired by the care and craftsmanship the Trappists put into the style of beer they still brew today.

ABV 10.2%

IBU 31

Extinction Event- Columbus, Galaxy, and Mosaic | New England IPA

Available in 16 oz. 4-pack cans!

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 0

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Double Dry Hopped South Side Citra W/ Tangerine and Orange Peel | Blonde Ale

As its name implies, our single hopped South Side displays all hte sharp and zesty notes of the aptly named Citra hop. Light and refreshing, our South Side Citra was crafted to capture the essence of a perfect summer day. But then we thought, why stop at perfection? We've doubled down on our bright summer afternoon with a double dry hop of the namesake to ratchet up the lush and juicy character of this already refreshing beverage. Then, because we could, we added gobs of tangerine and orange peel until the beer tasted like it had been freshly squeezed from the sun itself. From BBQ's on the South Side, to the beaches of Saylorville, and everywhere in between; this is our new summertime jam. Grab a 4-pack and join us!

ABV 5.7

IBU 22

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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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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 -

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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 -

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Wee Heavy | Wee Heavy

Our 13th beer release of 2020 is a Wee Heavy! This is a big malty beer with a nice residual sweetness and a touch of floral character from the use of Heather in place of some of the late addition hops. The Wee Heavy will be offered on draft only. Stay tuned for the next beers coming up in our 2020 Beer a Week release campaign!

ABV 10

IBU -

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Lassos and Lasers, Brett IPA | Brett IPA

Everyone loves a good mashup, whether hip hop and electronica, cowboys and aliens, or in this case: a juicy New England-Style IPA and an Oak-Aged Wild Ale. We laid down our genre blend on a malt track similar to our Extinction Event series, and then layered on Galaxy and El Dorado hops for deep riffs of tropical fruit, cherries, and watermelon. Once the wort left the brewhouse, the record scratched and the real mashup was ready to begin. Fermented by a particularly fruity strain of Brettanomyces (funk, not sour) in our American Oak Foeder, this decidedly new-world IPA has diverged from its decidedly old-world techniques. The Brett adds a layer of funk so out-of-this-world that it perfectly complements the fruit-forward hops and has quickly become our new jam. Hop on your horse–or climb into your spaceship–and wrangle up this beer before it's gone!

ABV 5.7

IBU -

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Strawberry South Side, Double Dry Hopped Citra Blonde Ale | Blonde Ale

As its name implies, our South Side Citra Blond Ale displays all the sharp and zesty notes of the aptly named Citrus hop. Light and refreshing, South Side Citra was crafted to capture the essence of a perfect summer day. But then we thought: why stop at perfection? We’ve doubled down on our bright summer afternoon with a double dry hop of the namesake to ratchet up the lush and juicy character of this already refreshing beverage. Then, because we could, we added hundreds of pounds of sweet and succulent strawberries for a beer that’s so luscious and bright, it’s the perfect counter to the dog days of summer. Grab a 4-pack and join us in a farewell to the season and the onset of Fall!

ABV 6

IBU -

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Strawberry Milk Man Milk Stout | Milk Stout

Chocolate milk is so passé... strawberry milk is where it’s really at. So here’s our salute to the perfect after school snack: that energizing dose of sugar with a hint of healthy flair to make Mom and Dad relent. Our take starts with our classic Milk Man Milk Stout, a rich, smooth brew with a hint of chocolate and pleasing sweetness from the addition of milk sugar at the end of the boil. It forms the perfect base for a thousand pounds of strawberries to add their luscious jammy flavor. The resulting treat is perfect for an after work snack, so make sure to grab a 4-pack–or maybe a case. Unlike Mom and Dad, we’ll let you have as many as you want!

ABV 6.7

IBU -

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Wicked Tripel, Oak Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Tripel Ale W/ Brett | Barrel Aged Tripel

Belgian beer culture is world-renowned for the quality of its Trappist-style ales and its mixed culture beers. We figured we’d try our hand at blending the two, and you hold the results of that experiment in your hand. Twelve separate strains of Brettanomyces duked it out alongside Lactobacillus and Pediococcus in the battleground of American white oak for three years, transforming our classic Belgian-Style Tripel Ale into an altogether different beast. Citrus, floral, and honeyed notes blend with lush tropical fruits, a slight tart bite, and a funkiness that can only come from Brett. At nearly 11% ABV, this one’s got a bit of a wicked streak, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from joining us for a walk on the wild side. Cheers!

ABV 10.9

IBU -

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Orchard Dawn, Graf Beer Brewed W/ Apples | Graf


The release of our collaboration with Jefferson County Ciderworks is this Friday at noon! Made with ~30% apple juice and 70% malt, this is a hybrid beer that has a ton of apple flavor. Fermented in our oak Foeder with a mixed culture of a fruit forward english yeast strain and the brettanomyces strain we used to make our Lassos and Lasers, this beer is tart without being too sour, and fruity and reminiscent of cider. The smell is this perfect orchard smell of hay, a little funk and fresh tart apples. Super refreshing, super bright, its the perfect beer to enjoy as the weather begins to cool.
Just a reminder, the Governor has ordered the shutdown of bars and breweries until 9/20, so this release will be curbside pickup only. The process is easy, to order online for curbside pickup,
go to: togoorder.com/web/3449#/ then just give us a call when you arrive and we'll bring your order out. 515-285-9005 ext 2
The spirit of true collaboration should be instructive as well as creative. When working together, each member of the team has the chance to learn from their partners’ experiences and expertise. From that collective pool of knowledge emerges a unique creation that no single member could have produced on their own. Orchard Dawn is a perfect example of that collaborative spirit, combining the knowledge of fermenting apples from Jefferson County Ciderworks with the experience of fermenting malt beverages here at Confluence. Sweet and tart Michigan apples, toasted oats, and caramel malts meld seamlessly with the fruity and funky esters of the English and wild yeasts we used to ferment this malt beverage in our oak foeder. The result is something new and wonderful that we never could have created without our friends. Grab a pint and join us in a cheers to new horizons!
 

ABV 6.1

IBU -

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Batch 1303 Hazy Double IPA | Hazy Double IPA

Our company was built on the ingenuity of a homebrewer with a passion for experimentation and a deep appreciation for tradition. Near the end of 2018, we released our 1,000th batch of beer and our first hazy double IPA. Since we had such a great time with that beer, we decided we didn't need a fancy number like 1,000 to justify playing around with hops, malt, and yeast like we were homebrewing again. Two ale yeast strains duke it out in the fermenter to produce this triple dry-hopped, hazy, blond, double IPA packed with Citra, Lotus and Lemondrop hops. Look for massive, bright orange citrus with a backdrop of smooth vanilla and a finish of gentle floral and resin notes wrapped up in a sticky malty body with a soft mouthfeel. What began as a single vision has grown into a collaborative effort from the entire team. We had fun with this one and we hope you will, too! 

ABV 9.7

IBU -

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Fresh Hop Centennial IPA | India Pale Ale

From a classic Czech Pilsner to the trendiest of milkshake IPAs, kiln dried and pelletized hops are the industry standard for almost every beer. But once a year, when the fresh hops are ready for harvest, we brew a “Wet” Hopped IPA. For this batch, we drove north to Hulu Hop Farms just outside of Cambridge, Iowa the morning of brew day to help the farmers harvest the beautiful Centennial Hops from the bines. Within a few hours of being picked, these wet, unkilned Iowa hops went directly into our kettles. In fact, most of the fresh hops are held for our Whirlpool kettle, where the Centennial is encouraged to impart its citrus and floral flavors to the beer without excess bitterness. We chose to keep the malt bill clean and slightly sweet to showcase the distinctively smooth, fresh hop character; and because we were using Iowa grown hops, we used Iowa malt from Black Gold Malting. It’s brewed fresh to be enjoyed fresh, from all-Iowa grown ingredients–so be sure to get some while it lasts!

ABV 5.6

IBU -

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