About Excelsior Brewing


Lake life, distilled.

Our mission is to celebrate the rich history of Lake Minnetonka and historic Excelsior by delivering superior brews hand-crafted in their image. We are a locally-based brewery committed to stewardship of the Lake and dedicated to serving her surrounding communities. Our brew was created to honor lake life, and ultimately, to complement it.

Our Brewery

A Lake Minnetonka inspired microbrewery, right in the heart of Excelsior. The brewery is a full production brewery offering several unique brews. The brewery offers tours, growler sales and trucker caps. Stop by and let’s get to know each other.

Our People…


John Klick (President): The brewery’s energetic President is the go-to for all decisions, big and small. Handling a start-up brewery, EBC’s slightly ADD staff and a family is a handful, but John chooses to tackle the challenge daily. While working at a promotional marketing company, where he met countless phenomenal people in the craft beer industry, John was inspired to work with locals Patrick Foss and Jon Lewin in putting together Excelsior Brewing Co. His enthusiasm and vision continue to move EBC forward daily.


meet james

James Birnie (Head Brewer):




Steve Wollak (COO):




Tony Filippi (Taproom Business Manager):




Shay Westman (House Manager):




Randy Howe: (On/Off-Premise Brewery Representative):  Randy has spent his entire career in the beer business.  He is known by most anyone that owns a bar or liquor store.   When not working at the restaurants during the day, he is frequenting them at night with his family.  If you want to know what is good to eat and where, Randy is your guy!   Or, if you need a solid mixtape, he will set you up!


Taproom Assistant Managers: Chris Lappen, Jake Westman, Paul Moline

Brewers & Cellermen:  Ron Lemmerman, Mark Brassington

Packaging Support: Jon Noller,

Warehouse and Logistics Coordinator:

Taproom Hours

Labor Day through Memorial Day

Monday – Available for private rentals

Tuesday – 4p-10p 

Wednesday- 4p-10p

Thursday- 4p-10pm

Friday- 12p-11p

Saturday- 12p-11p

Sunday- 12p-6pm