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.
Bob DuVernois (Head Brewer): If you’ve been drinking beer in the past 16 years, chances are you’ve had a beer brewed by Bob. Starting at Town Hall Brewpub in 1997, Bob has established himself as one of the most experienced and respected brewers in Minnesota. Learning under John Haggerty, who would later go on to be the Brewmaster at New Holland Brewing in Michigan, Bob received insight from one of the best and quickly began leaving his own mark. After taking over brewing at the Hops Brewpub locations in Maple Grove and Eden Prairie in 2000, Bob made his leap to Great Waters Brewing Co. in 2004. During his time at Great Waters, he resided as President of the Minnesota Brewer’s Guild, helped introduce and lobby for the State’s initial growler bill and became known as one of the areas top brewers. Bob also served as the district president of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, further entrenching himself in the brewing community hierarchy. DuVernois officially joined the ranks of Excelsior in May of 2012 and has been crafting well-balanced, malt-forward beers ever since.
Jennifer Tigges Johnson (Senior Brand Manager/Event Management/Sales): Jennifer joined us in February 2014 us 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 and dabbles in sales and marketing for the brewery. If you’re in the taproom Saturday morning she’ll be giving your tour.
Amar Patel (Controller/Operations Director/Accountant Extraordinaire): With all of the daily chaos that can occur at a brewery, it takes someone with focus and patience to keep the business moving forward. Amar fills that role, and then some. As our Controller/Accountant, the Ohio State grad finds a way to corral every facet of brewing operations and finance. Amar is the Zookeeper to the Brewery’s animals, ensuring that nothing gets missed and our business runs in an orderly fashion. For more information on Amar, head over to our Blog and read “30 Shades of (Bitteschlappe) Brown”.
Niles Lewin (Assistant 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 Bob Duvernois 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.
Ronnie Lemmerman (Taproom Manager): Ask any of our locals and they will glow about the taproom. The atmosphere and the customer service are second to none. The man behind all of that? Ronnie Lemmerman. Anyone who has walked past Ron in the taproom has been greeted with a smile and handshake, all while he manages and maintains the most fluid and unpredictable aspect of the brewery. There’s no task too big or small for Ronnie, as he takes on duties ranging from scheduling staff, jumping in on brew days, delivering kegs and making sure the taproom looks spectacular upon our customers’ arrival. Ron’s eagerness and enthusiasm are two qualities that translate into a memorable taproom experience.