I thought the Beer Dinner evening was fantastic. I thought the tour was really fun, and informative regarding the process of how beer is made at Exile. I would've liked just a little more information regarding the owners and history of the restaurant, the name, things like that. We covered some it incidentally, but I would've like just a little bit more.
I will say, when we were led into our private dining room, my wife and I were a little taken aback to see that we were all going to be sitting in group tables as opposed to one on one with our dates. Ultimately, this was fine, and the evening was quite enjoyable. However, in the future, I would recommend making it clear to potential patrons how they will be dining ahead of time. Especially for something like Valentine's Day, where the dinner is typically meant to be a little more personal and romantic. Like I said, this didn't ruin the experience, it just would've been nice to know.
The dinner itself was incredible. I thought four courses was perfect, and was surprised and delighted to see that each course was paired with a full glass of beer. I also really enjoyed hearing from the chef and staff about the dishes and the beer and why they were paired. By taste alone, it is clear the head chef is very good at his craft, but I would've liked to have heard a little more detail as to why he chose the things he did. He did a great job explaining what he made, but not as much as why. Again, not a complaint, just something nice to add to the experience.
And the beer...what can I say. Of course it was delicious and I felt like the choices were perfect. Specifically, my favorites were the Beatnik Sour pairing with that salad with the raspberry cream vinegarette, and the G.G. with the Filet Mignon. Incredible.
Personally, I would've also really enjoyed knowing the beer/food menu prior to ordering my ticket, as I can be a little bit of a picky eater, but I also was open to the experience and understand that this is pretty common practice, so it wasn't a deal breaker for me.
Overall, I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys good food and good beer, and I will happily do it again. I thought that $70/ticket for a Valentine's Dinner out was a fair price. Cheers!