Craft Bru is Open in LINC

It’s no secret that many of the Gray’s Station communities are home to small businesses, but our LINC community just saw the opening of a vibrant new taproom, Craft Bru. With 60 beers on tap, Craft Bru is sure to have something for everyone. All the featured beers, seltzers, and ciders are from nearby and eclectic owner Dennis Dix is passionate about this locally brewed craft beer, “In addition to the Iowa breweries, we’re excited to feature, we will also focus on bringing a lot of beer from outside the state. Guests can expect frequent ‘tap take-overs’ highlighting these breweries, along with constantly changing and seasonal beer menus.” When he says constantly changing, he means it! There are new options rotated in weekly, and of course they have specials to finish off the emptying kegs. As if all this isn’t already enough, they also have seasonal drinks (candy cane vodka anyone?) for every season. 

One of the most amazing things about this new taproom is the ordering system. Craft Bru uses a one-of-a-kind, contactless ordering with their app; Pour Choices. The app not only lets you order and pay without walking up to the bar, but it provides insight into each beer, making the ordering process much more approachable and helping you try new things. The more you use the app, the better it becomes, connecting the beers you like to build a unique flavor profile, connecting you to new beers you may like. 

Looking for an excuse to get out? Craft Bru has all kinds of events every week. That’s right, hosting game nights with specials and prizes (themed BINGO is one of our favorites) and Live Music every Friday and Saturday during the beginning of 2022 are just a couple things that are going on at Craft Bru. Come and checkout your favorite local artists or discover your new favorite beer and chocolate with their Chocolate and beer pairings. Try four different dark beers, each paired with its own chocolate, and walk home with a Craft Bru glass at the Chocolate & Beer events. For the warmer months of the year, Craft Bru encourages you to bring your dog to their patio with you for “yappy hour” with free dog beer – alcohol free of course. This patio is equipped for cool weather, being heated for comfortability on spring and fall nights. And you can’t have a taproom without giant pretzels! Craft Bru has one-pound soft pretzels, charcuterie, Detroit style pizza, and more in the realms of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. 

Being in the developing Gray’s Station neighborhood in downtown Des Moines has its perks. Craft Bru is within walking distance of trails, Gray’s Lake Park, and the upcoming Pro Iowa Soccer stadium. Needless to say, there is a lot going on at this taproom in Indigo’s LINC community. So, what are you waiting for? Whether it’s the beer, bingo, chocolate, or giant pretzels, Craft Bru is ready to satisfy. 

Winter Events in Des Moines

The recent snow is enough to remind us that Des Moines winter is in full swing. Maybe there isn’t an outdoor farmer’s market or a state fair coming up, but there is still so much to do in downtown Des Moines near the Gray’s Station neighborhood. Whether you are a music lover, a sports fan, or anything in between, here are just a couple events and happenings this winter.

Botanical Blues

The Botanical Garden may not be your first thought for a winter weekend, but the Des Moines Botanical Garden Conservatory hosts Botanical Blues every Sunday until March 27th. Listen to some of the best blues artists in the Midwest and enjoy beautiful landscapes inside of the cozy conservatory. With one hour shows at 1pm and 3pm every Sunday, Botanical Blues is the perfect quick trip from the Gray’s Station neighborhood.

Craft Bru Concert Series

Looking to enjoy music other music spots? You can enjoy local artists in Craft Bru every Friday and Saturday as part of the Craft Bru concert series. These artists will be singing from 7-10pm in this taproom with 60 rotating beers from all over the nation to choose from, not to mention fantastic giant pretzels. The best part for our Gray’s station residents, it’s located on the first floor of LINC at Gray’s Station, keeping you out of the cold as much as possible during the winter.

Des Moines Civic Center & More Music

If these aren’t enough music and entertainment to warm you up this winter, The Des Moines Civic Center and Hoyt Sherman have you covered. These locales are home of performances from both the Des Moines Symphony and the Des Moines Ballet this winter. There are also traveling musicals and shows every week this winter – just check out their full calendars. Make sure to get your tickets to Tootsie and Hadestown, the Tony-Award Winning Musical, before they sell out!

Looking for something more low-key and jazzier? Noce is literally a two-block walk from Gray’s Station and offers up poetry, jazz and cabaret-style nights all winter long.


All of these are great ways to have fun and stay warm, but if you are willing to brave the cold to enjoy the city, sledding at Waterworks Park is calling your name. Grab a sled, a friend, (and kiddos if you have them) and head over to enjoy the park the only way you can in the winter: on a sled. With Des Moines being the capital of Iowa, the hill right in front of our beautiful capital building is another great sledding location, and it is lit at night for a beautiful experience! Sadly, Sleepy Hallow ski and tubing park is closed for yet another season, but they vow to be back for 2022’s next winter.

Iowa Wild and Wolves

Sports are a great escape, and Des Moines hometown hockey and basketball teams have games at Wells Fargo arena until April. Grab your tickets and get downtown to see the Iowa Wild play, with games all the time and so many home games left until the season ends in April. There are group rates, suites, birthday plans, and more options to enjoy watching the Wild or the Wolves play on the hardest surface in sports.

Teehee’s Comedy Club

For a good laugh, just a couple of blocks away from Gray’s Station, check out Teehee’s Comedy Club. With shows every weekend and a full bar, this is the perfect place to spend a wintry night. Teehee’s was founded by local comedians and has only been on the scene for a few years, but they know how to draw in great headliners from around the country. Besides, what warms you up on a cold night better than laughing?

There you have it. Downtown Des Moines has all kinds of events to keep you occupied this winter, all withing striking distance of our Gray’s Station community. Take an adventure this season to try one of the events you have never been to or return to an old favorite.

Nevertheless, we are proud to call downtown Des Moines our home.

Looking for more warm events? Check out the Catch Des Moines events calendar for even more options!

Get To Know: Iowa Spine + Performance

At Iowa Spine and Performance, the mission is simple: Get you out of pain and return you to performing your best in life and sport.

What makes us different is our modernistic, patient-centered approach that is focused on the most efficient way to get our patients better as quickly as we can. This is achieved by combining well researched, evidence-based practices in chiropractic care with manual therapy techniques and excellent rehab skills.

A huge part of care in our office is education and training on how to help our patients not only get out of pain but prevent future injury as well. The rehab and education combined allows us to get our patients actively involved with their care, which leads to getting them out of our office faster and back to the things they love.

We specialize in treating most conditions of the spine from disc herniations to strains and sprains. Our facility contains state-of-the-art rehab equipment allowing us to treat many sports injuries like knees, hips, ankles, and shoulders.

Our rehab area also functions as a gym that allows us to hold physician guided, semi-private group training, sport-specific training for youth athletes, and personal training. It is the ideal situation for those coming off of an injury and wanting to return to training without further injury, and those who have been afraid to join a gym in fear of hurting themselves. Physician guided training is key in ensuring youth athletes develop properly. Our facility has the best rehab and recovery tools that allows everyone to train and recover like D1 and professional teams.

I have had the opportunity to train and treat many professional athletes while living in Kansas City and as a former college baseball player, I know firsthand what it’s like to utilize sports training and recovery. I have special certifications in assessing and training baseball/softball players along with other rotational and overhead athletes like (golf, tennis, and volleyball).

Fun fact: I was born in Des Moines, and graduated from Carlisle, so this is very close to home for me, and I’m thrilled to be back, doing what I love. I truly enjoy being able to help the local community and athletes get better and stay better.

We chose downtown, and specifically Gray’s Station because we feel it fits our modern approach and is a great area of Des Moines to grow alongside! This area is ever expanding, and we are excited to grow with it!

If you’re looking to break free from pain and perform your best, or take your training to the next level, find out more at


Dr. Mike Henrichs is a guest blogger and the owner of Iowa Spine + Performance, located at 210 SW 11th St. Suite 3. Hailing from Carlisle, Iowa, this Iowa native is excited to be back in downtown Des Moines running and operating his own business after spending time in Kansas City.