"What about the beer," you ask? Well, I wouldn't be writing this blog if the ale wasn't good.
The understated brick building sits along the already happening strip of Madison Street, in the downtown area. The brewery would be easy to miss, if it weren't for the red letters that adorn the outside (see above).
Step inside and your met with an eclectic style of decor. Fire place mantles ripped from the '30s, lighting forged from the shell of growler glass, and a beautifully built bar that runs the length of the vast space, once housing an electrical supply shop. During renovations the original wood flooring was exposed and refinished, creating clean lines as you walk through. Psychedelic wallpaper, leather couches and a mug club worthy of your time (if you're a local), dress the rest of the intimate interior.
Hop heads rejoice, the Judgmental Dick is a powerful, piney DIPA, brewed with locally sourced honey, where Citra and Simcoe shine. I love double IPA's, but I was driving, so this was the only full pour I could enjoy. A nice hop bite, lots of pine, and a hint of honey that balances out the bitterness. Posthumulus, or Forest Park IPA, is another dank offering you should seek out, if hops are your thing. It has a nice malt balance that steers the ship.
Their namesake, Exit Strategy, is a floral American Pale Ale enjoyed by all. Same goes for Knoblocked Out, an easy drinking Blonde Ale, that guzzles like a tall drink of water.
Exit Strategy is kid friendly. Both times we've been, the staff were very attentive. We sat in the front of the brewery by the big, open windows on the leather couches, which is a great seating area for kids if you're lucky enough to land it.