Symbiosis: Cycling & Free Beer

Researchers at Oklahoma State recently published results of an exercise motivation study.

Their research concluded that wearing step-counting fitness monitors did not significantly motivate fitness activity in their test subjects.  So that got us thinking.  What would motivate people to exercise more?

Our hypothesis is that free beer would do the trick.

Since we are always interested in advancing scientific discourse, we knew we must put our hypothesis to the test.  To that end, Excelsior Brewing has commissioned a large scale study to test the impact of free beer on cycling activity in the Excelsior area.

We are now soliciting test participants for this important work.  

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are at least 21 years of age and thirsty.  To sign up for the study, simply stop by the taproom and purchase our new 2016 bike jersey.

2016 Excelsior Brewing Bike Jersey

All study participants who don the jersey and bike to our labs/taproom for the rest of the year will be compensated for their participation with one free pint of beer per visit per day.

Please consider helping us with this groundbreaking research.  Jerseys are on sale now for $79 and all proceeds will go to fund additional research this fall, including the first double-blind study of the science behind beer goggles.

Fishing Opener 2016: The Beer Pairings

Minnesota Fishing Opener

The fishing opener is thankfully almost upon us.

This year conveniently scheduled the weekend after Mother’s Day so we can begin our annual walleye harvest free from the guilt associated with leaving an empty spot at the brunch table.

This year as aspiring anglers gather up their Lindy rigs, spinner baits and Swedish pimples, they’d do well to consider more than just what fishing gear to bring.  In 2016 a proper beverage pairing can prove just as crucial to successful a day on the lake.

Luckily we’ve got you covered, the perfect elixir no matter the species of fish you fancy.

Walleye
The quintessential Minnesota fish.

When seeking a classic, always pair it with a beer that is just as classic. Our flagship XLCR Pale Ale should do the trick delivering a truly balanced bite, just like your average Walter.  Consume an XLCR while on the hunt, then be sure to pair it with your catch for a shore lunch tandem featuring two of the best our state has to offer.

Musky
The ultimate trophy fish is said to require 1,000 casts per fish landed– this means you may be out for a while.  Therefore a proper beer pairing must be a session beer, able to help ensure that 1000th cast is just as true as the first. 

We recommend the classic Big Island BlondNow available in cans, this brew is easy and approachable and therefore a good complement to a musky which is neither.  We urge you to cast responsibly however as no one wants to catch an errant double-ten-bladed bucktail in the melon.

Bass
Any angler who likes a vicious fight on the end of their line loves hooking into a bass. They may battle and strike like they’re angry, but the ultimate show of respect is when they jump.  Therefore we recommend an angry beer synonymous with taking a leap.

Bridge jumper IPA packs just as big a wallop with 7.5% alcohol by volume.  With a number like that, the savvy sportsman might consider ceding control of the trolling motor.

Northern Pike
The world record Northern Pike was a 55 pounder caught in Germany 30 years ago by local fisherman Lothar Louis.  Since the granddaddy of all lunker pikes hails from Germany, why not seek to best the record while sipping on a German inspired Bitteschlappe Brown Ale.  Oh sure, the tiny hammer handles that you’ll catch will never approach 55 pounds, but then again, your name isn’t Lothar, so what did you expect?

Sunnies
If you are heading out in search of sunnies, we recommend a zebco, a dock and a simple juicebox.

There you have it, perfect beverage accompaniments for a great weekend on the lake.  Remember, they may say that a bad day fishing beats a good day at work, but a great beer trumps them both.

Big Island Blond- Now Available in Cans

Beginning this week, Big Island Blond will be available in aluminum cans at your favorite liquor store.  Though the change may seem subtle enough, we assure you the benefits are too numerous to mention…

OK we’ll give you five.

The Top Five Benefits to new Big Island Blond cans

5. Your recycling bin just got 75% lighter

4. It’s now less dangerous to crush empties on your head

3. No longer are you forced to recklessly tie empty bottles behind a new couple’s “Just Married” car

2. Excelsior Beer now Apple River compliant for the first time ever. So grab a sixer, a tube & some penicillin!

1. Can finally exclaim “Man that blond has some nice cans!” without getting slapped… (maybe)

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Walk Talk Connect – May 14, 2016

WALK 3-miles along the Lake Minnetonka Trail, beginning and ending at the Excelsior Brewing Company in downtown Excesior, MN.

TALK with patients, caregivers, families and friends affected by brain and spinal cord tumors.

CONNECT with each other over a cold brew while listiening to live music, enjoying catered food and buy a raffle to win one of many great prizes donated by local Minnesota companies and entrpreneurs.

CAN’T MAKE IT? You can still participate via donating to Courage Kenny Foundation https://donate.allina.com/sslpage.aspx?pid=355
Or through our upcoming wesbite by purchasing merchandise with a portion of sales going back to Courage Kenny.

COMING SOON: Full website with Registration, Donation information and how to participate from afar.

WHY DO THIS WALK?
As so many of you know, I had surgery in Nov 2014 to remove an ependymoma from my spinal cord – just one type of brain and spinal cord tumor too many people suffer from. It is actually more common in pediatric cases as a brain tumor. In fact, my chance of being diagnosed as an adult was 1 in a million. I always knew I was 1 in a million, and now we have confirmation ;-)

OUR WAY OF SAYING THANKS!
This walk is to raise awareness of brain & spinal cord tumors, as well as raise funding for the Courage Kenny Foundation. I spent my first month after surgery at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute learning to walk – and live – again with my “new normal”.

I spent another 8 months out patient perfecting my stride and learning to drive, among other things, with the help of so many of you! So this is also a THANK YOU to Courage Kenny and all of you who have been there for Tom and I ~ We wouldn’t have made it this far without you!!!

Its not over for me, and the other brain & spinal cord tumor survivors. So I hope you can join us on May 14th to walk or participate from afar. We have some very cool items coming up for sale that you can purchase that will show your support and a portion of sales will go back to Courage Kenny.

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Twins 2016: The Call for Optimism

Baseball and Beer

With temps in the upper 30s and the Twins at 0-6 headed into a home opening series with the White Sox, we are in mortal danger of Debbie Downer claiming the hearts and minds of Twin City baseball fans.

Have no fear, the EBC positivity train is running.

Five Reasons for Optimism heading into Monday’s Home Opener

At least we’re not the Cubs.
There is no curse.  The Twins have a legacy of success and Wally the Beer Man trumps Steve Bartman any day.  Twins 0-6 > Cubs 5-1

Twins currently undefeated at home.
There’s still an outside chance of going 156-6. We’re not great at math, but that seems like at least a wild card.

Honus Wagner couldn’t make this roster.
Twins shortstops are currently hitting at a .428 clip. Even if you re-animated Mr. Wagner in his prime, he’d have been cut in training camp.

Joe Mauer’s salary remains flat.
That’s right, there was no cost of living increase for your 1% first baseman.  This not only clears room on the team books, it also means you will only make $22 million and change less than him this year– and the gap is closing!

The Metrodome is now rotting in a landfill.
Do you really miss narrow concourses, the right field baggie and tasteless dome dogs?  The memories are great, but we’d argue it was a mercy killing.  Target Field still rules.

Still not sold enough to sit out in the cold on Monday?

How about curling up on the couch with a Dockbox sampler instead.  Our four flagship, packaged together and ready for action. That’s 12 beers embracing diversity, sitting in the bullpen awaiting your call.

While the local nine can sometimes be fickle, the local 12 never are.

Maifest 2016

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Our annual Maifest is May 5-7 2016

Join us at the brewery for live music and the release of our Maibock.

Maibock is the lightest of the bock beers, with ours featuring a medium body, unfiltered with a mild toasty aroma. We brewed this in celebration for our Maifest using 21 lbs of Minnetonka Gold Basswood honey.

Kick off the weekend Thursday night with German tunes courtesy of Alpensterne!
Outdoor tent party starts Friday at 4pm with great beer and music! Bless the Maibock with us at noon on Saturday, May 7th.

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Music Line Up:

Thursday May 5th
– Alpensterne (Indoor stage) 8pm-11pm

Friday May 6th
– Tubby Esquire 5pm-7pm
– Kirk Humbert Band 7pm-9pm
– Dan Rodriguez Band 9pm-11pm

Saturday May 7th
– Trainwreck 11:30am-2pm​
– Alpensterne (German Party Music-outdoor stage) 2pm-5p
– Big Wu – 6pm-9pm (Outdoor stage)
– Kind Country – 9pm -11pm (Indoor stage)

 

Art In The Brewery – 6/8/16

Wednesday June 8th from 4pm-7pm

Help us welcome a great week of art! We are kicking off Art on the Lake early in the week and raising funds for fireworks while we are at it!

Join us for a pint and some great local art” 

Art and Brew

IPA & Namaste April 10 & 24

Get your Sundays started off with a twist!

Brewery Yoga

April 10 and 24, 2016 at 11:00AM.

Join us for an hour of yoga in the best setting in town – Excelsior Brewery.

Never done yoga? No worries, we will be able to make sure you have a great experience. Seasoned Yogi? We have you covered as well. An hour of breathing, twisting and movement will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Well after one of our delicious pints that is.
And did we mention there is a nap involved as well? This just keeps getting better!

Instructor

Local resident and Studio owner, Andrew Seifert, aka That Yoga Guy, brings a light hearted and fun practice to us. It is perfect for all levels and will leave you ready for that perfect pint.

Bring a mat, a sense of adventure and the faith that there will be a beer for you at the end.
$10.00 per student (Beer included)

Pre-registration is available to secure your spot.

Dates – April 10 and 24
$10 fee will include class as well as a beer following the event.
Please arrive at 10:30AM for check in and class will start at 11AM sharp!
Bluegrass tunes start around 12:30PM so stick around after for some great music.

Miracle Party – May 1st 2016

Miracle Part 2016

The 3rd Annual Miracle Party is scheduled for May 1st at 5 pm!

Join us at the Excelsior Brewery on Sunday, May 1st to raise money in the fight to cure blood cancers!

This years Miracle Party is supporting Devon Dennis and her LLS’ Man & Woman of the Year – Minnesota Chapter Campaign and my LLS Team In Training – MN Chapter team “Lyndsey’s Lifesavers”!

All donations will go directly to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter!

Live music, food, beer and prizes!

Joey Nova’s Tonka Bay is our official food sponsor! If nothing else, come for the PIZZA!!!

Get your tickets now!