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New taproom coming to downtown Des Moines


Craft Bru will open in May at LINC at Gray’s Station. The new taproom will offer 60 Midwest craft beers. Architectural rendering by Slingshot Architecture

A taproom featuring 60 Midwest beers will open in May at LINC at Gray’s Station, Hubbell Realty Co., which owns the mixed-use property located just south of downtown, announced. Craft Bru, owned and operated by Dennis Dix, will open Memorial Day weekend in street-level space at LINC, at 210 S.W. 11th St. LINC, which includes apartments and retail space, is part of Hubbell Realty Co.’s Gray’s Station development. Craft Bru will offer shareable food and beer menus. “It’s not always easy for beer lovers to get to enjoy many of these remote breweries, so we’re bringing the breweries to them,” Dix said in a prepared statement. Craft Bru will also use the contactless Pour Operating System and Pour Choices mobile app, allowing visitors to order, log, rate and pay for their orders from their phones. Once a guest establishes their favorite brews and “flavor profile” on the app, they will receive recommendations on new beers on tap to try and experience, according to Dix. The interior of the taproom will feature wall murals from local artists. In addition, Dix has worked with a local design group to ensure tables inside and on the heated outdoor patio are spaced appropriately apart from each other.

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