New Brewery Review | Reclaimed Rails in Bondurant - The Iowa Beer Blog

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

New Brewery Review | Reclaimed Rails in Bondurant

I finally made the trip to Bondurant, Iowa, to visit Reclaimed Rails Brewing Company. It's not new, the brewery is celebrating two years of business Saturday February 24th. Their beers do get into the Des Moines market on draft at several downtown bars and on Growler Stations at various Wine and Spirits and gas stations. So, I'm familiar with their product, but not the brewery.

Bondurant, like many suburbs surrounding Des Moines is booming and this is the place to be. It's in town near the grain elevators in a old building that maybe once housed the post office or main government offices. It's beautifully refurbished with large barn doors and plenty of reclaimed wood. The bar is centralized and there's space for live music and comedy shows. There's also coffee served from neighbor 1884 Coffee Company.

It was a busy happening place as patrons were there to watch basketball on the bar's various TVs. Still, we received prompt and friendly service as I got an insanely reasonable flight ($7) of four of their beers. Here's what I had to sample:

This is RR's NE Style IPA (that's a candidate for the IBB IPA March Madness bracket). It's the breweries second attempt at the style, hence the "2.0." It' hopped with Mosiac and Citra hops and comes in at a drinkable 5.1 % ABV. It's not as hazy as some NE Style's as maybe it's made with a more traditional yeast. Overall, 3.75 bottle caps.

Simply named, it's exactly what it says it is, a traditional stout. With all of the adjuncts added today, it's nice to sit and sip a traditional stout. Right away, the roasted malts blast you from the sip and it's nice smoke, coffee, tar and chocolate flavors blended together. This isn't motor oil but easy drinking light bodied. Overall, 3.75 bottle caps.

I've mentioned their new neighbors and the coffee options at the bar. That means there's coffee in their beers too and it's a nice pairing in Rook's Breakfast Porter. There's vanilla too but the coffee is the star. This isn't Founder's Breakfast Stout as it's much lighter in body and ABV (5.1%). But, this is a morning beer you can drink many. Overall, 4.0 bottle caps.

Like the Traditional Stout, Southern Pecan is on the limited beers menu. This Pecan Milk Stout was easily my favorite of the four. It packs the most punch at 7.5% ABV but that Pecan really shines. This beer reminds me of a Christmas favorite Jingle Java Stout from Bent River. Overall, 4.25 bottle caps.

There's plenty of regulars on their beer menu I unfortunately didn't get to try. Trailhead Red, Lagerride, Twisted Silo and Blood Orange Wheat are Reclaimed regulars. The brewery is conveniently located three miles from Altoona or Ankeny. It's also located near the bike trail that connects to the Central Iowa loop. A return trip is definitely in my future plans.

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