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.

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.

Chris Cole  (COO).   Master of charts, graphs and process.   Chris joined EBC as a box builder and now he runs the place.    Chris has managed small/medium sized buisiness’ most of his career and currently he does it with a pint in hand.

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 has been w/ us since October 2012.

Caroline O’Halloran (Taproom & Events Manager): A super cool person, making sure you’re happy.  Caroline comes to EBC with a vast amount of hospitalilty experience, and has managed great spots like The Herkimer and Cast & Cru.

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 and eating.

Breanna Evans (On/Off Premise Brewery Representative): Breanna comes to EBC w/ a wealth of beer knowledge and hospitality expertise.   Breanna moved from behind the bar at The Herkimer Brewpub for the last 5 years, and put her feet on the street to rep EBC in February of 2016!

Taproom Assistant Managers: Chris Lappen, Jake Westman

Brewers & Cellermen: Derek Allmendinger, Brian McCarthy, Ron Lemmerman,

Packaging Support: Mark Brassington (Manager), Mikey Campbell, Tommie Love, Brent Berkovitz, Jon Noller, John Peterson and more!

All of our bartenders and ambassadors are

Certified Beer Servers through the Cicerone Certification program!

Taproom Hours

Tuesday – 4p-9p

Wednesday- 4p-10p

Thursday- 4p-10p

Friday- 12p-11p

Saturday- 12p-11p

Sunday- 12p-6p