how to do date night at the local brewery.

exile brewery | des moines, IA

my husband + I really enjoy craft beer. (it’s love for him). wherever we go, we make it a point to stop by + visit the local breweries. some have tap rooms (we’re talking barstools + beer, that’s it). some offer tours + tastings. and occasionally, some serve food.

you go to breweries for the beer. the food is just a bonus. and it’s typically, “bar food”. always delicious + satisfying, especially with a good beer. but you have to be in the mood (or I do), say sporting event? exile brewery, on the other hand, tops the charts on beer, food, and ambiance. (they have amazing food). we take all out-of-town guests, grandma’s included. but more importantly, it’s our neighborhood date spot ..

how to do date night at the local brewery.

exile brewery | des moines, IA

exile brewery | des moines, IA

exile brewery | des moines, IA

exile brewery | des moines, IA

exile brewery | des moines, IA

exile brewery | des moines, IA

exile brewery | des moines, IA

exile brewery | des moines, IA

exile brewery | des moines, IA

exile brewery | des moines, IA

exile brewery | des moines, IA

exile brewery | des moines, IA

let’s start with the beers, they have three staples (hannah, ruthie, and gigi). they’re always delicious + available. but for the explorers, they’re constantly brewing new + seasonal beers. (I’m all for the oktoberfest right now). oh, the food. the menu has a bit of everything. like a variety of appetizers, salads, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and entrees (salmon, roasted chicken, gnocchi, etc). basically whatever you’re in the mood for. we go for the buffalo chicken bites, which visit my dreams frequently. and I’m a sucker for the grilled chicken sandwich, topped with bacon + avocado. the husband isn’t a menu creature of habit (like me) and has loved everything. tip: order the “exile“ (truffle) fries.

is there a local place you love to go for date night? do have local breweries in your town? Where is your favorite?

exile brewery | des moines, IA

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  • Becky @ bybmg September 9, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Exile is a fave of ours. We biked down there once for lunch this summer! The truffle fries – YES!

    • Little Lessons by Chelsea September 9, 2015 at 10:23 am

      now that is a good destination for a bike ride! how fun! the husband + I were so surprised at the amazing food. you just don’t expect it from a brewery. all about the truffle fries too. yum!

  • Carrie September 13, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    LOVE exile! Have you had the lamb sliders? One of my faves!

    • Little Lessons by Chelsea September 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      I have not. YET! I will try them thee very next time I am there! we frequent 🙂