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)): 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.
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.
John Paul Awad (Senior Brand Ambassador): 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!