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Five years’ difference for The Keg Stand


When owners Ryan Greening and Sarah Cattoor opened The Keg Stand five years ago, they had no idea how far their vision would take the bar. They began with only 12 beers on tap and were actually performing keg stands on the bar floor. The Keg Stand now hosts everyone from sports fans to trivia players to fundraising events.

The Keg Stand offers a full bar, including a variety of 80 beers on tap, as well as nightly food and drink specials.

The Keg Stand offers a full bar, including a variety of 80 beers on tap, as well as nightly food and drink specials.

Now with 80 beers on tap — 40 of them in rotation — the classic sports bar offers visitors one of the best beer selections in the metro. Not only do they offer variety but also a knowledgeable staff that will help match your favorite tastes to new beers. Guests can expect a great special any day of the week on drinks and food and sports on the many TVs throughout the bar.

“There will be a great special regardless of what night you come in. There will always be something to watch on TV, if that’s what you’re looking for. If the weather is nice enough, there’s always space on the patio,” Greening said. “So between good conversation, something on TV and plenty of games in the other room, there’s always something to do, something to occupy a few hours of your night for a decent price.”

The bar hosts a live band and karaoke every Wednesday and a trivia night every Thursday — and has been since the beginning. Both events have caught on in West Des Moines, continuously bringing in large crowds. The bar is also busy during meal times throughout the week, offering food specials, such as $5 burger and fries and Moscow Mules with a variety of homemade flavors.

Known for its sports bar atmosphere, The Keg Stand hosts many watch parties and game-day events, including a recent “locker room-style” celebration where guests were able to celebrate the Chicago Cubs’ win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Keg Stand is willing to try just about anything to offer guests the experience they desire.

Uniquely, the bar doesn’t stop at sports-themed nights. The Keg Stand has hosted many events in the past five years to support different charities, including numerous local groups. Recently, they offered a flight of Green Flash, which is a San Diego brew, for those who donated $10, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation. The Keg Stand has also raised $55,000 at a Chive meet-up, with proceeds going to Chive charities.

“We take out the middle man whenever we can with fundraising events, because the money should all go to the people who actually need it,” said Greening.

In celebration of its five-year anniversary, The Keg Stand is currently offering a week of craft beer, Nov. 1-7, so stop in this weekend to join the celebration. A special beer will be on tap every day. Thursday’s beer is Surly, Friday’s will be New Belgium and Saturday will be Alphine as the tap special. Each night will feature a different brewery, prizes and, of course, a great beer selection. CV

The Keg Stand

3530 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines
Mon. – Tues. 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Wed. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.  Sun. noon – 2 a.m.
Happy hour: Mon. – Fri. 3-7 p.m.

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