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.
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): Niles literally built the brewery. Once he finished, he fired up the kettle and never looked back. Brewing professionally since 2012, Lewin has won many medals at the World Beer Championships. An avid angler, Niles and Brewer Ron Lemmerman fish many tournaments and represent EBC proudly. Niles is married to Liz and they have a daughter, Sadie. Niles has taken it upon himself to learn every aspect of brewing, from milling through kegging, and expects the same from his team. As the lone bright spot on our Pond Hockey team, Niles also continues to represent the Mound, MN area with pride and showmanship.
Steve King (Vice President): Originally from Missouri, Steve has been in the beer business most of his career. Steve took off the red bow tie he wore for many years to join EBC. His knowledge of distribution and sales is second to none and he leads our sales team into the trenches of beer. If not hunting or cheering on the Chiefs in his garage, you can find him smoking meat and often times winning BBQ contests.
Chris Cole (COO): Master of charts, graphs and process. Chris joined EBC as a box builder and now he helps run the place. Chris has managed small/medium sized business’ most of his career and currently he does it with a pint in hand. When not at EBC, Chris enjoys time with his family on his sailboat.
Mike Wherry (Controller/Operations Director/Accountant Extradordinaire): 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 is married, has two boys and stopped being a stay at home dad in October 2012, when he joined our team as “Growler Filler”. Now he has the controls.
Caroline O’Halloran (Taproom & Events Manager): Queen of throwing a party! Booking bands, scheduling staff, hosting major events and managing our HR department is what Caroline does before most of us get up in the morning. Caroline comes to EBC with a vast amount of hospitality experience, and has managed great spots like The Herkimer and Cast & Cru. Caroline is married to our Warehouse and Logistics coordinator, Shawn O’Halloran and when not working, they are crankin bluegrass and dreaming of their next trip to Telluride.
Adam Zerby (On/Off-Premise Brewery Representative): Adam came to EBC as a Navigator, and navigated his way into a sales job. He maintains the helm as our Lead Navigator and ensures we are ready for any festival or party! Adam frequents Comicon.
Reed Osell (On/Off-Premise Brewery Representative): Reed joined the EBC team in December of 2014 as our Intern Extraordinaire and has moved up thru the ranks as one of our top Brewery Representatives. When not hanging out at Excelsior Brewing Company Reed enjoys doing CrossFit, being on the lake, sleeping overnight on his boat, drinking beer and eating.
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 mix tape, he will set you up!
Taproom Assistant Managers: Chris Lappen, Jake Westman, Adam Pohle, Shay Leonard, Paul Moline
Brewers & Cellermen: Brian McCarthy, Ron Lemmerman, Mark Brassington
Packaging Support: Dave Bohumolksi (Manager), Jon Noller, Shawn O’Halloran
Tuesday – 4p-9p (2pm open during Excelsior Farmers Market)