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.