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 employee-owned 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.
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.
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.
Niles Lewin (Head Brewer): Want to know the definition of ‘hands-on learning’? Look up Niles Lewin in Websters Dictionary. Initially, he was invited in for his construction savvy in helping build out the brewery. However, after watching our brewers work on some pilot batches of beer, Niles discovered he had quite the knack for brewing, himself. Absorbing at the rate of a Sham-Wow, Niles quickly became a capable and creative force in the brewery. Lewin has taken it upon himself to learn every aspect of brewing, from milling through kegging, and has done so in an impressively speedy fashion. As the lone bright spot on our Pond Hockey team, Niles also continues to represent the Mound, MN area with pride and showmanship.
Jennifer Tigges Johnson (Senior Brand Manager): Jennifer joined us in February 2014 after a long part time history in the brewing industry. She’s worked for Vine Park Brewing, Summit Brewing and August Schell Brewing and now joins us full time at Excelsior. She’s the master of events both in the taproom and in your local bar or liquor store. She also handles social media and marketing for the brewery. Got an idea for an event? Want to rent the taproom? She’s your gal to get in contact with!
Mike Wherry (Controller/Operations Director/Accountant Extraordinaire): Mike grew up in Seattle, went to school in Oregon, and has lived in MN for 10 years. He’s loved craft beer since his college days in Oregon and has found a great fit at EBC. Mike has been with EBC for two years as part of the production team before moving into his current role in August 2014.
John Paul Awad (Senior Sales Manager): JP joined us full-time in April of 2014. His father worked in and retired from the beer industry, so it’s fitting that he too finds himself in a similar position. JP joins us from Stinson Wine Beer & Spirits and is an absolute craft beer nut. He handles our draft lines and beer in liquor stores. Want our beer on your shelves or on tap? He’s your guy! If you’re at a beer event somewhere Excelsior Brewing is present, you’ll likely see JP pouring our beers and mingling, so don’t be shy, grab a beer and say hello!
Reed Osell (Taproom Operations Manager): Reed is the man behind the scenes! Handling donations, tasting kits, taproom maintenance and is a true jack of all trades. He joined the EBC team in December of 2014 as our Intern Extraordinaire and has taken a full time job as our Taproom Operations Manager. When not hanging out at Excelsior Brewing Company Reed enjoys doing CrossFit, being on the lake, sleeping overnight on his boat and eating.
Taproom Managers: Chris Lappen, Jake Westman, Lindsey Krause, Ron Lemmerman
Packaging Support: Mark Brassington (manager), Mikey Campbell, Tommie Love, Chris Cole, Jon Noller and more!
Bartenders: Artie Kavonen, Ben Martin, Brittany Slusar, Caitlin Krieg, Carolyn Nyman, Cory Kaufenberg, Gemma Craig, Jeff Peterson, Josh Leddy, Liz Lewin, Marti Nyman, Matt Karvonen, Megan Hallenberg, Nicole Lemmerman, Pam Price, Patrick Cron, Paul Moline, Tony Kehagias, Vince Donahoe
Brand Ambassadors: Alex Wong, Casey Kauphusman, Jeff Mann, Jon Boatwright, Mariao Garcia, Stephanie Boatwright
All of our bartenders and ambassadors are
Certified Beer Servers through the Cicerone Certification program!