I also got a chance to meet Berryman, he had shown up to my house for a party randomly one night. He then showed up back at the house the next afternoon trying to explain to me that he had lost a set of gold teeth at the house the night before. The next 45-60 minutes of tearing my house apart with Berryman looking for his set of gold was filled with him just spouting off with complete hilarious nonsence.
When I was in Ames, Welch Ave. Station was the best place to catch NFL and college games when we were on the road. Great memories of watching my Packers there. I also loved Olde Main, especially on Wednesday's for buck beer night. Quality beer for way cheap. I also was a fan of Element, at least for F.A.C. and the progressive pitchers they had.
DM: loved High Life and Hessen House, reminded me so much of growing up in Wisconsin and visiting Das Hessen House in Madison.
As for my current hometown of Green Bay, I gotta go with Titletown Brewing Co. and The Bar for awesome Packer tailgates and great sports coverage.
Apologies for those outside of Des Moines on all the DM bar recommendations (i.e.…sometimes it must seem like this forum is an ISU grads who graduated & settled in DM site).
I just want to say it is nice to see the lovin' for bars downtown. IMO nothing says a city sucks more so than polling people to find out the "hot spots" in said metro only to find out they are all located in suburbia.