Exile Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.97/5
Exile Brewing Co.Exile Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1514 Walnut St
Des Moines, Iowa, 50309-3420
United States

(515) 883-2337 | map
exilebrewing.com

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Added by ahoff101 on 06-15-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
42
Ratings:
549
Reviews:
101
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
5.81%
 
 
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Clones21:
Photo of Clones21
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Have been at Exile a few times. Had their lunch a while back, and was very pleased. I had the French Dip and it was fantasic and well prepared! I already knew that the beer is very well brewed. I have came here a couple of times just to sit at the bar and have a beer or two, and it's worth it. If you enjoy German brews, you will love Exile. The atmosphere here is great in my opinion. There hardly is ever any immature 21 year olds acting dumb at the bar, so the atmosphere is nice and laid back. I recommend this place to everyone. Great food, great beer, great building. Give it a try!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sgttibbs
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Zekenyce
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mkyer
4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of craigbelly
4.09/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Theisen5
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Definitely my go to brewery in Des Moines. I strongly recommend if it will be your first time visiting to sign up for a tour. tours are something like $8 and you get a tulip glass and 4 partial pours, its a good way to see the place and try several of the beers. Exile usually has around 8 or 10 of their beers on tap and half of those change fairly routinely while 4 or 5 are their core beers that are available year round. They seem to be big on sour beers (not my favorite) but there is always a good variety. Friday night they occasionally have a small test batch you can try sadly if you like it you may never see it again (poor vanilla bean stout). My favorite beer from here was Jesus on a Forklift which is their barrel aged beer which (fingers crossed) is supposed to be available canned this fall/winter.

I don't usually eat here but the food is probably as good as the beer. Its a little pricey but the food is very high quality and good portions.

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Photo of Martha_McA
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Exile has become a Des Moines staple. Excellent beers and delicious food served by a great staff, in a stylish atmosphere. With a well-rounded beer menu and rotating seasonal/special releases, it’s hard to find a beer you don’t love. My person favorite if the Beatnik Sour.

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Photo of krdhawk
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Tizzytom
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best brewery in the state. hands down.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice enough place, looks like a lot of money was dumped into rehabbing an old building.
The vibe was fine but too sterile for my taste. Enter and exit through the gift shop, the bar area was blasting a few too many flatscreens. Patio looked lovely, though we were seated in the dining room by the kitchen. Clean industrial feel, nice thick wood tables.

Service was fast and friendly, I opted for a couple flights and the server didn't really offer any further info about the beers, which were well described by the menu.

Beer selection was well varied, the standouts were the lagers and Berliner Weisse. The APA and Gose were not good.

Food was pretty good, lamb sliders were a touch dry with little seasoning, and the cheese curds were very good as an appetizer. Overall they had an interesting range of beers, and apparently a newer brewer with some experience brewing sour ales. Seems to have potential.

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Photo of HawkeyeJosh
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Goosegeek
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Amazing brews and food

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sprague67
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of tapperm
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Finally has gotten away from the traditional German lagers! Been improving lately doing good IPAs, Pales and a few sours!

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Very solid brewery, most of their beers are just okay, but their sours and BA stout are great. The service is great and the food is awesome. If you are going on a Saturday sign up for a tour, $5 gets you a tulip glass, 4 6 oz pours of anything on tap, and the tour. They are worth stopping in, and definitely pick up any sour you see from them.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the best brewery is Des Moines. Great beer selection and the staff is more then fantastic. Everyone should get to this place ASAP. Food is top notch as well. Ask for JD, he is a manager and knows the lay of the land. Thanks Exile!

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Photo of Rasmutant
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mulgrejm
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of MickeyTheHead
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This place has great food and a wide variety of beer. I'd have to say I consider it to be the best brewery in the Des Moines, IA area. The service is pretty good considering how busy the place seems to stay.

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Photo of jruno
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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Exile Brewing Co. in Des Moines, IA
3.97 out of 5 based on 549 ratings.
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