Find it: 4508 University Ave., West Des Moines; 267-8900; $5.50
On tap: Now
Sure it’s a chain—but one in which brewers develop their own signature beers, and West Des Moines’ Eric A.C. Sorensen makes a really tasty pumpkin ale. Our group’s home brewer and craft beer enthusiast, Scott Phillips, 32, described it as a drinkable (“as in, you could drink many of them”) medium-bodied ale with a good dose of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin.
It’s served in glass mugs rimmed with cinnamon and sugar—a fitting touch for a fun seasonal brew.