Simply as 1000’s of bicycle riders are about to embark on the fiftieth anniversary of RAGBRAI with a cease in Des Moines on July 26, a brand new brewery taproom serving beers and meals alongside the John Pat Dorrian Path on the east financial institution of the Des Moines River opens.

Waterloo-based SingleSpeed Brewing debuted in a built-from-scratch location in a former tire store at 303 Scott Ave. in Des Moines.

The house features a restaurant with a patio on the entrance, a bar space accessed by following a painted path by way of the restaurant, and a second bigger patio with lined picnic tables, Adirondack chairs surrounding hearth pits and video games corresponding to big variations of Jenga and Join 4 within the again, all with a view of Principal Park and downtown Des Moines.

These on the again patio can order through a QR code on the desk, and servers deliver 8- and 16-ounce pours of beer. A number of folks can order off the identical QR code, and tickets can stay open till the client is able to pay.The system allows SingleSpeed to rent fewer employees and canopy extra space, stated Justin Berkley, the overall supervisor of the brewery.

Tickets additionally embrace a 3% service cost hooked up that “is used for one factor and one factor solely — to drive the kitchen slightly extra,” Berkley stated. “We’re taking part in with the concept that if we throw one other greenback, we’ll get them to work Fridays” when it’s busier within the brewery.

Prospects can select whether or not to depart a tip on checks that embrace a service cost.

The brewery additionally in-built a recycling program that ensures that the majority waste is reused. For instance, diners who deliver again their child’s cup get a reduction.

As well as, all the roof of the constructing incorporates photovoltaic cells for solar energy to offset the electrical energy use at this location.

What beers does SingleSpeed serve?

Amongst SingleSpeed’s in style brews: Tip the Cow milk stout, a New England-style IPA Whirled-Extensive Haze and top-seller Gable, a Munich Helles named for legendary College of Iowa wrestling coach Dan Gable, a Waterloo native.

The bar affords not solely its personal beers, however particular brews created only for Des Moines. A five-barrel brewery system for Des Moines-specific beers is a part of the placement, whereas SingleSpeed’s fundamental brewery is in Waterloo.

The taproom completely sells Paid Refills, an American-style pilsner. Watch social media — or — for brand spanking new releases. Those that want liquor over beer can flip to a good checklist of vodkas, whiskeys, rums, and gins, with many from Iowa corresponding to Cedar Ridge single malt from Swisher and Gotcha vodka from Clive.

What’s on the menu at SingleSpeed?

The restaurant additionally affords a full menu from chef Sam Cooley. Dishes, in some circumstances, go spicy or Asian, and a few mix an attention-grabbing pairing, such because the basil-walnut pesto watermelon bites with feta cheese or the SingleSpeed tenderloin with crimson pepper jelly.

On that spicy vary, search for a Buffalo rooster salad or a Buffalo rooster chili, each utilizing Lola’s Advantageous Sizzling Sauce as the bottom for the Buffalo sauce. The chili even consists of SingleSpeed’s Gable Munich Helles within the recipe.

The Asian affect on the menu comes by way of on dishes corresponding to Brussels sprouts accentuated with hoison, Asian citrus wings tinged with a citrus sauce, Tokyo tacos that include shoyu sauce and pickled daikon radish, and an umami burger with a black garlic balsamic aioli.

The menu consists of markers for vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian and nut allergy symptoms, in addition to employees favorites corresponding to the road tacos with pulled tinga rooster, pork al pastor, blackened salmon, carne asada, or a veggie medley. A vegetarian Reuben makes use of pastrami-cured beets and whipped goat cheese with the sauerkraut and Swiss cheese.

Nearly all the things is made in home besides the Heinz ketchup, hoison, yellow mustard and mayo, stated Ben Bonwell, the entrance of the home supervisor for the brewery.

Children even have their very own menu with a burger, mac and cheese, rooster strips, fish sticks and a quesadilla.

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What is the historical past behind SingleSpeed?

SingleSpeed received its begin again in 2012 in a small, 1,700-square-foot constructing in Cedar Falls, the place it nonetheless has its unique taproom and a three-barrel analysis and growth heart. 5 years later, proprietor Dave Morgan opened a a lot bigger taproom within the historic former Surprise Bread manufacturing facility in Waterloo.

Des Moines is changing into brewery central

Des Moines has seen a wave of recent breweries open lately with no less than 20 breweries open to the general public and others deliberate. Huge Grove Brewery opened final yr in Sherman Hill. The famend Toppling Goliath brewery in Decorah instructed the Des Moines Register in 2021 it additionally plans to open in Des Moines, though a location has not been introduced.

A portion of the previous French Approach Cleaners at 413 Euclid Ave. on Des Moines’ north facet might turn into a brewpub, whereas The Neighborhood Improvement Corp. bought a property on the southwest nook of Seventh Avenue and Corning Avenue close to Riverview Park for $1 million in February with the hopes of a brewery, amongst different companies, finding there.

The place to search out SingleSpeed Brewing Co.

Location: 303 Scott Ave., Des Moines

Contact: 515-214-1879 or

Hours: Open Tuesday by way of Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to eight p.m.

Susan Stapleton is the leisure editor and eating reporter at The Des Moines Register. You may attain out to her on Fb, Twitter, or Instagram, or drop her a line at