Toppling Goliath Brewing has plans for Des Moines brewery, tap room
Iowa’s most acclaimed brewery could head to Des Moines.
by Decorah Overthrow Goliath Brewing Co. on Monday released a public proposal asking developers to consider hosting a permanent brewery and tap room in the capital.
“We spend a lot of time looking at some of the different big cities and places in Iowa. We really think Des Moines is a perfect fit, ”Clark Lewey, owner and founder of Toppling Goliath, told The Register. “We have worked with local developers and we want to find the right place. “
The proposal does not specify a timeline, but a spokesperson for Toppling Goliath said the brewer, including Pseudo Sue pale ale, Pompeii IPA and Dorothy’s New World Lager, is ready to break into the Des Moines market when it will find the right location.
Site criteria in the proposal include 15,000 to 20,000 square feet of indoor space to house both a tasting room and a brewery and at least 3,000 square feet of outdoor bar space in the Des Moines metro station. Toppling Goliath intends to include a full-service restaurant, private event space, and gift shop in the future location.
This would be the first location outside of Decorah for the Craft Brewery. Lewey and his wife, Barbara, founded the flagship in 2009.
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Now, with over 40 beers in rotation, Toppling Goliath has received wide recognition for its beers, most recently. win four gold and two silver medals in the 2021 US Open Beer Championship. Its Kentucky Brunch Brand stout is the highest rated beer in the world, according to consumer review site BeerAdvocate, and one of three for the brewery in the top 10.
Overthrow Goliath would join some twenty other breweries in the Des Moines metro, three that have opened since 2019: West Hill Brewing Co. in Indianola, Lua Brewery in the Sherman Hill neighborhood and Kinship Brewing Co. in Waukee. Eastern Iowa Big Grove Brewery plans to open a valve room and Des Moines brewery in the former Crescent Chevrolet building on Sherman Hill in the spring.
Toppling Goliath has a large fan base of beer lovers who travel to Northeast Iowa for beer bar release events. It is distributed in 20 states and is a major tourist draw for Decorah. In 2019, the registry estimated that Toppling Goliath’s tap room events and subsequent food, gasoline, and hotel stays bring in $ 4 million annually to the local economy.