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The Beer Lover's Guide to Des Moines, Iowa

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Goose Island is traveling across the country to share the brewery love during Migration Week. But a person can't live on beer alone: In addition to some awesome breweries, the Goose Island team found amazing spots for everything from local craft beer to zombie-themed burgers during their stop in Des Moines, Iowa.

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El Bait Shop

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El Bait Shop is known for serving the best craft beer in Des Moines, and we agree completely. With a selection of over 220 taps as well as an extensive bottle list, there's something for everyone here.

Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

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This zombie-themed lunch spot features burgers with over-the-top ingredients, like grilled cheese sandwiches for buns. The burgers were awesome — somehow, we even managed to save room for dessert and ordered one of their equally decadent milkshakes.

Tacopacalypse

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We didn't expect to find great fusion tacos in Iowa — but sometimes, life is full of delicious surprises. We even ordered something called a "meat boat," which is just as exciting to order as it is to eat.
Poutine is everywhere these days, so we thought'd we'd seen it all. We were very, very wrong. Django quite possibly serves the best poutine we've ever had.

Iowa TapRoom

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Iowa Taproom exclusively serves beer made in Iowa and boasts over 120 taps. The staff here is wonderful and very passionate about beer.
If you're looking for Midwest-inspired, screen printed goods, look no further than Raygun's flagship store in downtown Des Moines.

The Cheese Shop of Des Moines

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Aside from beer, there are few things we love more than cheese. We stopped by the Cheese Shop for lunch and split a cheese board (obviously) as well as a variety of sandwiches and salads. Everything was outstanding, including their well-curated beer selection.

Java Joes Coffee House

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This cozy downtown coffeehouse was a great place to hunker down and get some work done during the day. They've been roasting their own beans since 1992, and it's definitely paying off — their coffee was exceptional.
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El Bait Shop

El Bait Shop is known for serving the best craft beer in Des Moines, and we agree completely. With a selection of over 220 taps as well as an extensive bottle list, there's something for everyone here.

Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

This zombie-themed lunch spot features burgers with over-the-top ingredients, like grilled cheese sandwiches for buns. The burgers were awesome — somehow, we even managed to save room for dessert and ordered one of their equally decadent milkshakes.

Tacopacalypse

We didn't expect to find great fusion tacos in Iowa — but sometimes, life is full of delicious surprises. We even ordered something called a "meat boat," which is just as exciting to order as it is to eat.

Django

Poutine is everywhere these days, so we thought'd we'd seen it all. We were very, very wrong. Django quite possibly serves the best poutine we've ever had.

Iowa TapRoom

Iowa Taproom exclusively serves beer made in Iowa and boasts over 120 taps. The staff here is wonderful and very passionate about beer.

Raygun

If you're looking for Midwest-inspired, screen printed goods, look no further than Raygun's flagship store in downtown Des Moines.

The Cheese Shop of Des Moines

Aside from beer, there are few things we love more than cheese. We stopped by the Cheese Shop for lunch and split a cheese board (obviously) as well as a variety of sandwiches and salads. Everything was outstanding, including their well-curated beer selection.

Java Joes Coffee House

This cozy downtown coffeehouse was a great place to hunker down and get some work done during the day. They've been roasting their own beans since 1992, and it's definitely paying off — their coffee was exceptional.

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