Willkommen im Des Moines Biergarten! Set among the mature trees of Water Works Park, Des Moines Biergarten is a family-friendly popup German-themed beer garden offering steins of beer and German inspired eats.

We're open Wednesday through Sunday every week late Spring through to Fall.


Get a flavor of Bavaria in Des Moines! Since the 19th century, biergartens have been a staple of Munich. Traditionally, steins of beer have been enjoyed on picnic tables shaded by trees. The Des Moines Biergarten brings that German experience to central Iowa thanks to a partnership with Water Works Park. We offer local and German brews, German-inspired street food like hotdogs and pretzels, live music and yard games. A portion of the revenue generated from the Biergarten is donated to the Water Works Park Foundation. 


Every Wednesday to Sunday May-October, you can find us east of the Lauridsen Amphitheater under the tree canopy in Water Works Park. We're just off the bike trail and there's plenty of parking to the south. Restrooms and a natural playscape for kids are also nearby.

Opening times:

  • Wednesday: 3pm - 9pm
  • Thursday: 3pm - 9pm
  • Friday: 11am - 9pm
  • Saturday: 11am - 9pm
  • Sunday: 11am - 9pm

(depending on weather)





Des Moines Biergarten is open Wednesday-Sunday (depending on weather) May-October. During the off-season we open for pop-ups if the weather is warm enough.

What if it rains?

In case of inclement weather, Des Moines Biergarten will be closed. Follow our social media for updates.

Are children and dogs welcome?

Yes! Des Moines Biergarten is family-friendly. Well behaved dogs on leashes are also welcome. We have picnic tables but feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Where do I park my bike or car?

A parking lot is located to the south of the Lauridsen Ampitheater. We're also just off the bike path that comes from Gray's Lake.

What can I bring?

Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, hammocks, your own yard games, and refillable water bottles.

Are there restrooms?

Water Works Park restroom facilities are located next to the Biergarten. No porta-potties here!

What forms of payment do you accept?

The Biergarten is cashless. Food and drink can be purchased using credit card, Apple Pay and Google Pay. The Biergarten is free to attend.

Is the Biergarten open during events at Water Works Park?

The Biergarten is open during most events at the park. On dates that there are concerts as part of the Field Daze music series at the nearby Lauridsen Amphitheater we are open until 5pm. Follow us on social media for updates.

Who manages Des Moines Biergarten?

Des Moines Biergarten is brought to you by Orvis Horatio Group, which is the same local team behind Dough Co. Pizza. We were inspired by our travels and wanted to bring a new, cool experience to Des Moines! Drop us a note at if you have feedback.