Gideon’s Red Brings Home Gold

Gideon’s Red Ale has won a gold medal from the Beverage Tasting Institute rating a 94/100. This brew was a new Off Shore Series beer released in mid-February in the taproom.

The rating stated “Clear copper color. Lively, earthy, fruity aromas of creme brulee, candied mango, and pine sap with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long caramelized pineapples and carrots, pepper bread, radish sprouts, and salted nuts finish. A great savory beer for the table.“.

Named for Gideon’s Bay, after Minnesota Farmer Peter Gideon who created the first winter resistant apple, it’s bright red color, smooth balance of hops and malt and lively carbonation will leaving you want more.

Try this brew as well as 15 others on tap in the Excelsior Brewing Company taproom!

2015 CBC Amber Waves

We are excited to announce that Excelsior Brewing Company will be participating in Amber Waves at the 2015 Craft Brewer’s Conference. For more information, read below!

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For Immediate Release

Contacts:    Victory Brewing Company                Dogfish Head Craft Brewery                                                      Amy DePaoli                        Ashley DiMichele                                                           (610) 514-7028                           (302) 684-1000         

Victory Brewing Company & Dogfish Head Craft Brewery to

Co-host Third Annual Beer and Art Exhibit

2015 Amber Waves will raise funds for Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

DOWNINGTOWN, PA, March 4, 2015 – Victory Brewing Company and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery are excited to announce that they will co-host the non-traditional art exhibit celebrating the artistry of craft beer, Amber Waves, in conjunction with 2015 Craft Brewer’s Conference. The event will take place on Thursday, April 16th from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Castaway Portland.

Amber Waves continues to be committed to raising awareness and funds for the local arts community.  The third annual event will benefit Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), an organization dedicated to acknowledging and advancing new developments in contemporary art while fostering the creative exploration of artists and audiences.   The event will feature 22 American craft breweries showcasing art in both its traditional and liquid form. Each brewery will be pouring an amber-hued beer of their creation, along with a custom work of art created exclusively for auction at the event. All auction proceeds of the night’s silent auction will benefit Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA).

In reducing the visual impact of the beers being served to a single color, Victory and Dogfish Head expect to call guests’ full attention to the vivid spectrum of flavor in each glass as well as the visual delight of art conceived and executed for this one night event.

“Craft beer is succeeding because it speaks to an enthused audience through a veritable rainbow of flavors, textures and colors,” said Bill Covaleski, president and brewmaster of Victory Brewing Company.  “Working with PICA in our third year of Amber Waves seems to be a natural fit.  Their commitment to emerging art for their audiences mirrors our process of craft brewing.”

“With every passing year, Amber Waves gains more momentum and excitement among breweries,” said Sam Calagione, president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “This year, we’re excited to welcome our returning breweries and add many from the Northwest. With a growing list of participants, we are able to offer a wider variety of beer for attendees to sample and a larger selection of art pieces for auction.”

Returning in 2015 are:

New additions to the lineup include:

Amber Waves will be held at Castaway Portland (1900 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209) on April 16 from 5:00pm – 10:00pm.  Tickets for general admission are available at The cost of admission is $25 and includes a souvenir five ounce tasting glass, beer sampling, as well as hors d’oeuvres and access to the Amber Waves silent auction. Attendance is free to brewing industry professionals with a valid 2015 CBC badge.

For more information about this unique event, visit

About Victory Brewing Company


Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. In addition to the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub, Victory recently opened a second state-of-the-art brewery in Parkesburg, PA to expand production capabilities and serve fans of fully flavored beers in 35 states and 10 countries with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company, visit

About Dogfish Head Craft Brewery



Dogfish Head opened in 1995 as the smallest commercial brewery in America making 10 gallons of beer at a time on a glorified-modified homebrew system. Today Dogfish Head is among the fastest growing breweries in the country. Our belief was (and still is) that beer can have as much flavor, complexity, diversity, food-compatibility, and age-ability as the world’s finest wines. We have never wavered from this belief. Dogfish Head has grown into a 200 person company with a restaurant/brewery/distillery in Rehoboth Beach and a production brewery in Milton, Delaware, selling beer in 30 states, plus D.C. So. We’re just a little less small now.

About Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art acknowledges and advances new developments in contemporary art while fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences. PICA turns 20 this year and since 1995, has championed the practice of contemporary artists from around the world, driving vital conversations about the art and issues of today. PICA presents artists from visual and performance backgrounds and embraces those individuals who exist at the borders of genres and ideas. Through artist residencies and exhibitions, lectures and workshops, and the annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA), PICA constructs a broad platform for contemporary art.


EXCELSIOR—January 22, 2015—Local craft brewery Excelsior Brewing Company has tapped another achievement in a young but successful break-out to the Minnesota brewing scene. The Beverage Tasting Institute and celebrated beer and beverage rating publication has awarded two Gold Awards and a Platinum Award to three of Excelsior’s newest beer offerings.

In the rating team’s bi-monthly new beer roundup, three Excelsior brews were put under the glass, and all three received stellar reviews. The RowBust Porter received a Gold Award with a 91/100 rating. The Smoke on the Porter also received a Gold Award with a 95/100. And the brewery’s recent ‘Spresso Milk Stout, a robust and smooth coffee-milk-stout, received a rare Platinum Award, with an impressive 98/100 score.

The recent accolades join a number of previous awards and celebrations for Excelsior Brewing Company, and its brewing team led by Head Brewer Niles Lewin.


Row Bust Porter GOLD

Smoke on the Porter GOLD


Christkindlsmarkt- 11/28 – 11/30


Christkindlsmarkt- say that five times fast! It’s upon us, the holiday season. What better way to celebrate post-Thanksgiving than coming to the lakeside town of Excelsior, drinking some gluewine inspired brews, seeing some alpaca and checking off your holiday gift list!

Excelsior Brewing Company will be open for expanded hours during this German inspired festival. Join us on Friday from 12p-11p, Saturday from 12p-11p and Sunday (yep.. Sunday!) from 12p-5p. Next door to the brewery will be a sight to be seen with tents, holiday lights and choirs.

We will have live music playing in the taproom for you come in and warm up to including our President John Klick’s band High Trousers, Refridgerager, the Blue Drifters,  Alpensterne, and more!

This is the perfect excuse to come visit us, drink some amazing beers, and grab some EBC gear and growlers to put under that tree this holiday.


Freshwater Society Partnership

Why Protect

The answer is: C – it takes 6-8 pints of water to make one pint of beer.




Things you can do to help keep our Minnesota waters clean:


Blow or rake grass clippings and leaves out of the street. Leave them on your lawn, use them for compost or bag them up. Grass clippings and leaves in the street end up in the storm sewer where they are carried to nearby lakes and streams. Clippings and leaves contain phosphorus and other nutrients that feed algae and other aquatic plants.

One pound of phosphorous can create 500 pounds of algae in lakes, streams and ponds.


Grab a bag when you grab the leash and pick up after your pets. When pet waste is left behind, rainwater washes it into lakes and streams. Pet waste contains bacteria that can cause illness and nutrients that can cause algae in lakes and streams.


Keep storm drains free of leaves, seeds and grass clippings. Storm drains are directly connected to the nearest body of water. Water running into storm drains carries with it anything in streets and driveways including leaves, grass clippings, soil, oil, paint, and chemicals. Keeping storm drains clear protects the water quality of nearby lakes, streams, wetlands, and rivers.


Capture, clean and infiltrate rainwater that would otherwise run off your property. Rain gardens are planted depressions designed to store rainwater and allow it to soak into the soil. Find out more about rain gardens at

Visit our partners for more information on keeping our water resources clean at:

Freshwater Society- Like us on Facebook.

West Metro Water Alliance

Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission

Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission

Shingle Creek & West Mississippi River Watershed Management Commissions

Oktoberfest 10/10 & 10/11!




It’s that time of year again—when the world’s biggest beer celebration comes to the hallowed halls of the Excelsior Brewing Company taproom. Excelsior Oktoberfest is back in 2014, and we plan to throw a party to top last year’s record-breaking bonanza.

Alongside new beers, new bands, and a bigger place to party is everybody’s favorite Bavarian barmaid—Miss Nömers, who will make her triumphant return to Excelsior Oktoberfest. This time she’ll be at the event, ready to talk to her fans and teach everybody a little German.

What to look for this year:

*Pre-Party Warm up on Thursday with Alpenstern yodeling up in the taproom

*Red River Food Truck on Friday serving up delicious food and our neighbors the Masons serving up food on Saturday

*Bands including Slip Twister, Mango Jam, our very own John Klick’s band High Trousers, and the Gooney Birds

*Hammerschlagen and Liter Holding contests on Friday and Saturday

Take the chance to celebrate the ultimate beer fan’s holiday, Excelsior style. Festivities will be going on throughout the 2nd week of October, with the main event on Friday, October 10th starting at 4pm, and on Saturday, October 11th staring at 12pm.

On behalf of Excelsior, welkömbak, fillupeingläs, and get ready to rockundröll.




Our bigger, better, brewery-er taproom is completed and 100% ready for you to drink beer in! Most of you have been following the progress these last few months, but for those who haven’t, this expansion means big things for Excelsior Brewing Company. Now:

-We can brew more beer.

-We can brew more varieties of beer.

-We can bottle up 12oz at a time of  our beer for you to buy at a your liquor store.

-We can accommodate more you, our wonderful guests.

That last one is a big reason to celebrate, and there’s no better way to celebrate a new place to drink beer than by drinking beer in that new place. So join us for our Grand Opening event May 24th from Noon-11pm. In addition to our shuffleboard and rind-a-ding, and our new sunny dog-friendly patio, we’ll have a tent party complete with a rock band.

5-7p- Dixie Shakedown

7-9p- Slip Twister

Don’t forget that Red River Food Truck is coming to serve up some delicious bites for you…

And so much beer!

Get there early to be part of history as we christen the hull of the bar. And tell your friends, because now there’s room for them!


Expansion Update: Walls going up, Walls coming down!

EXPANSION UPDATE: It’s only been 5 weeks, but things are looking a WHOLE lot different on the other side of our brewery wall. The walls separating the two adjacent spaces is officially gone and some new walls are going up! We have finished our plumbing installation, framed/sheet rocked the bathrooms and are beginning the process of finishing our floors. This means a couple things for the month of March:

  • Our new walk-in cooler is getting installed right after the floors are done
  • New tanks (7-40 bbl fermenters, 2 40-bbl bright tanks and a cold liquor tank) will be arriving towards the end of the month
  • Taproom walls will begin getting painted
  • Replacement glass for the taproom windows will be installed

This leaves our bar installation, bottling line arrival and merging of the two spaces into one as our April agenda! Things are getting real, looking forward to getting more beer sent your way in the VERY near future.

Expansion as of March 3rd

Expansion as of March 3rd

Super Bowl Brew Ideas


As the NFL season comes to an end with the league’s top teams squaring off, we at Excelsior Brewing would like to assist you in your beer purchasing decisions for this Sunday. Check out your beer options and see how it stacks up with the talent on the field:

Big Island Blond (22 oz. bottles and Growlers): Hailing from Lake Minnetonka, this biscuity beast packs a flavor punch with a light body. Player Equivalent: Matt Prater

matt praterXLCR Pale Ale (22 oz. bottles and Growlers): Balanced as they come, XLCR does it all. Like a dual threat QB, our pale hits on two fronts (malt and hops). Super Bowl Equivalent: Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson


Bitteschlappe Brown Ale (22 oz. bottles and Growlers) : Big up front, smooth on the back end. Bitteschlappe has become known as much for its name as its exceptional attributes. Super Bowl Equivalent: Richard Sherman

NFL: St. Louis Rams at Seattle SeahawksOar Lock Oat Stout (750 ml bottles only): Oar Lock brings it all. Bold flavor & depth, encompassing what a great stout is about. Known to be consumed faster than you can say “Omaha”. Super Bowl Equivalent: Peyton Manning



Bud Light (available in far too many packages): Weak, obnoxiously bubbly and lacking substance. An annoying distraction at best, this beer brings nothing worthwhile. Super Bowl Equivalent: Annoying Drunk Fan




Excelsior Expansion Update – Jan. 29th



Updated Jan. 29th


Holy cow…those walls came down fast. For those unaware, we began knocking down walls in our building 8 days ago. The adjacent space quickly went from two separate entities (one an auto shop, another a storefront) into one massive/awesome space. After stripping away the stucco, insulation and wall coverings we were left with gorgeous red brick, windows just begging to see the light of day and a ceiling with as much history as Excelsior itself.

To give you some more perspective, check out the first couple days of demolition below

From Day 1 of Demo to Day 3, we saw massive changes.

From Day 1 of Demo to Day 3, we saw massive changes.

As of now, we are still on pace to have the new taproom open to the public in late April/early May. We are also still on track to get 12 oz. bottles on shelves around May 1st as well. We’re obviously excited about our soon-to-be ability to get beer to more and more folks in the Metro, but in the meantime make sure to check out for information on where to find our beer currently.

Thanks again to the folks who helped get us to where we are and the people involved in our expansion. Things are getting real here at the brewery, stay tuned for more updates!