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Court Avenue Brewing Company

309 Court Ave.
Des Moines  Iowa  50309
United States
(515) 282-2739
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Midwest Living Review

Kathy Bowermaster
This bustling brewpub occupies a prime corner in the Court Avenue entertainment district and maintains it reputation with consistently good food and service.

Located within the historical 1881 Saddlery Building, Court Avenue Brewing Company serves up a vast menu complemented by quality craft beers and great service. High ceilings, warm colors and cozy booths contribute to the comfortable, unfussy atmosphere.

The CABCo sandwich is a lunchtime favorite of thin-sliced prime rib, onions, roasted red peppers and Swiss cheese for $10.99, and the blue cheese steak salad ($12.99) satisfies with sliced steak atop greens and blue cheese crumbles. Pizzas (most $11.99) feature local Graziano sausage and barbecue sauce made with stout. Dinner ups the ante with apps like bruschetta topped with ricotta and pesto ($8.99) and spent grain pretzels served with beer cheese ($7.99). Steaks and chops carry creative stout sauce or ginger beer glaze, and the kitchen nods to Cajun cuisine with shrimp andouille pasta and spicy jambalaya. (The restaurant also thoughtfully provides gluten-free selections and a kids’ menu.)

Expect to pay $5 to $7 for a pint of craft beer. Court Avenue highlights a handful of house-made brews, including an IPA, brown ale and stout; drinkers stymied by choices can taste a variety with a sampler rack. 

Visited: 
March 10, 2013

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