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BREWING A PASSION FOR BEER

Confluence is defined by our respect for tradition, a passion for innovation and a relentless commitment to quality.

In 1991, a farm boy from rural Imogene

found himself fascinated by the endless combinations and possibilities of Iowa’s bountiful grain crops. That teenaged Iowan was John Martin, and that year he and his high school buddy, Sean McClain, tried to make a drinkable raisin almond beer… and failed. However, that attempt sparked a passion in John that would forever alter the trajectory of his professional life. John’s fascination with beer grew over the years, and he began researching ways to make truly drinkable brews. John wasn’t interested in beer for the stereotypical college experiences; John fell in love with the craftsmanship and creativity involved in brewing.

John’s wife Katie appreciated his passion and quickly became his brewing enabler; the newlywed couple even picked up supplies for home brewing while on their honeymoon in 1995. That equipment helped John produce his first quality home brewed beer, an Oktoberfest Marzen, which continues to hold a special place in his heart to this day. That Oktoberfest in turn led to many years of hobby brewing and a growing interest in the professional side of the craft. John would eventually meet home brewer and co-founder Ken Broadhead, whose persistent encouragement helped to convince John to take the big leap from amateur to professional. In 2012, John left his career in construction management behind, and with the assistance of investor Greg Schultz and many hours of hard labor, turned Suite A at 1235 Thomas Beck Road into a full time production brewery.

In those days, the craft beer movement was still a relatively new phenomenon in Iowa, and word spread pretty quickly about the quality beer being produced by the new kid. As it’s done for the entirety of its existence, Confluence started to attract some great people, and those people helped in expanding output and reach. Pretty soon the demand outpaced John’s ability to sell and deliver beer out of the back of the family Suburban, and the addition of delivery driver Eric Selander morphed into our sales and distribution department for a full self-distribution model–an integral part of what Confluence Brewing is all about. Our sales and distro team deliver the beer, interact with our customers, troubleshoot issues, face and restock shelves, clean draft lines, and share an integral role with the rest of the Confluence team to ensure the highest quality beer gets from our kettles to your glass. We take pride in the amazing reality that other craft breweries across Iowa have entrusted us with distributing their beer as well. Like our founder, we’re all craft beer people here at Confluence, and getting to help bring the greatness of Iowa Craft Beer to Iowans all over the state–well… that makes us pretty darn happy.

From its humble beginnings in Imogene to our current spot on Thomas Beck Rd, Confluence has always been about bringing good things together. The bounty of the land, the hard work and innovation of our team, the love of craft, and the camaraderie of community are integral to who we are as a company. What began as a single vision has grown into a collaborative effort from the entire team, and we invite you to come down to our taproom or pick up a 4-pack, and join in our story. Cheers!

Diverse talents make for a strong team

John Martin

President, Co-Founder & Head Brewer
Joined CBC in 2012

Katie Martin

Brewery Administrator
Joined CBC in 1995 : )

Mark DaVid

Taproom Manager
Joined CBC in 2012

Eric Selander

Sales & Distribution Manager
Joined CBC in 2013

Josh Maxson

Production Manager
Joined CBC in 2015

Rebecca Bowen

Office Administrator/Lead Bartender/Catch-All
Joined CBC in 2012

Andrew Bishop

Lead Brewer
Joined CBC in 2014

Greg Schultz

Maintenance
Joined CBC in 2012

Sam Spitler

Lead Bartender
Joined CBC in 2014

Justin Briar

Lead Bartender
Joined CBC in 2015

Jesse Stock

Taproom Server
Joined CBC in 2015

Dan McNerney

Taproom Server
Joined CBC in 2015

Sean McCord

Cellarman
Joined CBC in 2015

Toll McGrane

Distribution Driver
Joined CBC in 2015

Derrick Mayfield

Lab Technician
Joined CBC in 2015

Ann Johnson

Taproom Server
Joined CBC in 2016

Jeff Wachuta

Assistant Distribution Manager
Joined CBC in 2016

Gary Denton

Distribution Driver
Joined CBC in 2016

John Huffman

Distribution Driver/Sales
Joined CBC in 2016

Jacob Sawyer

Brewer
Joined CBC in 2016

Bill Callahan

Taproom Server
Joined CBC in 2016

Josh "Juice" Conley

Lead Cellarman
Joined CBC in 2016

Nicholas Margelos

Sales Representative
Joined CBC in 2018

Jeff Small

Brewer
Joined CBC in 2018

Ben Bourland

Taproom Server
Joined CBC in 2018

Danielle Steffen

Taproom Server
Joined CBC in 2018

Brandon Logsdon

Distribution Driver 
Joined CBC in 2018

Sam Wilen

Sales Representative
Joined CBC in 2019

Nic Lake

Taproom Server
Joined CBC in 2019

Emily Wankum

Taproom Server
Joined CBC in 2019

Rebecca Lake

Taproom Server
Joined CBC in 2019

Eric Lemke

Distribution Driver
Joined CBC in 2019

Chris "Guy" Robinson

Warehouse 
Joined CBC in 2019

Alyssa Gipper

Cellarwoman
Joined CBC in 2019

Dontreale Anderson

Line Cleaning Technician
Joined CBC in 2019

Chris Lucht

Sales Representative
Joined CBC in 2019

Damain "DW" Walker

Sales Representative
Joined CBC in 2019

Ashlie Coady

Cellarwoman
Joined CBC in 2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Interested in working at Confluence? That’s great! We would love to hear from you.

If you see a job that sounds up your alley, send us your resume. Don’t see your dream job in the mix? Follow us on the usual suspects, because new jobs will be announced via social media often. And if you apply and don’t make the cut this time, just remember ‘no’ doesn’t mean ‘never’. Come out for our releases and events. Get to know the Confluence culture and try some of our great beer. You just might be the perfect fit for our amazing team.

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Community Involvement

We are Southside Des Moinesers, and we are immensely proud of our city and our state. Like most craft brewers, we didn’t set out to conquer the global beer market, we just wanted to make great beer that our community can be proud to call its own. We genuinely believe in bringing good things together. It’s why we work with local businesses to source great local ingredients for our beers, or why the majority of our brewery collaborations are with other Iowans. It’s why we’ve partnered with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center to develop a pathway to become a more environmentally sustainable business in order to protect the natural beauty of our home. And it’s why we started our Local Cause series, dedicated to giving back to areas of need within our community. The state of Iowa and the city of Des Moines have embraced us with open arms, and we couldn’t be happier to be your neighbors, and your brewers.

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