R.J. TURSI

Founder of Exile Brewing Company

If you are from Des Moines, you are probably familiar with the ‘Tursi’ name. R.J.’s family has owned the east side staple, Tursi’s Latin King for almost 35 years. Then about 6 years ago R.J. set out to bring craft beer to Des Moines. His passion and hard work have exploded into Exile Brewing Company. Exile started with a restaurant and a small brewery and more recently has expanded and added capabilities to bottle and can on-premise. R.J.’s commitment to Des Moines is obvious from events like Run to Exile, the 5th anniversary block party and their work in the Adopt-a-Highway cleanup. It has been particularly rewarding for me to watch R.J. establish himself because we briefly worked together at Schaffer’s back around 2003. #makedesmoines