Docktoberfest 2015 – Harvesting of the Docks

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We’ve all heard of Oktoberfest. Two Austirans get married. Lots of flowers, plenty of beer, and we celebrate it in September for some reason. Well we like it as much as the next guy here at Excelsior, but around these parts we celebrate an even prouder tradition. Docktoberfest!


Docktoberfest is an annual celebration of the ritualistic harvesting of the docks—that time of year when we say “see ya later” to summer and bring the docks ashore. Heavy from a season of soaking up fun (and water), hauling them in can be hard work! So we celebrate these docks, and those who harvest them, in a party of pierless proportions.


So don your ceremonial Waderhosen, grab your stain-glass stein, and go from harbor to hops at the Excelsior Taproom and our annual Docktoberfest celebration.


Thursday October 8, 4-11pm

Friday October 9, 4pm – 11pm

Saturday October 10, 12pm – 11pm

Sunday October 11, 12pm – 6pm

 Band Schedule Here

As the tradition calls for, there will be refreshing season brews, delicious food and fare, live music and authentic Docktoberfest bar games. Most importantly, it’s a time of year when a community can come together to drink while we dry, and have a great time doing it.

MinneGose Gose Style Ale- new release!

MinneGose Gose Style Ale- new release!




EXCELSIOR, MN—June 8, 2015—Local craft brewery Excelsior Brewing Company is launching a new limited seasonal brew unlike anything they’ve crafted before: a Gose-style wheat beer that’s been christened MinneGose (pronounced Minne-goes-uh).

Based on the regional specialty beers of Goslar, Germany, Excelsior’s take on the Gose uses the same coriander and sea salt agents and a unique top-fermentation method. It’s not a particularly easy style of beer to make, but it’s extremely easy to drink, with a light citrus body, no hop bitterness, and a dry finish. According to President John Klick, MinneGose will pair well with light bodied foods like sea bass, lobster, and avocado salad, mild cheeses, and deserts like lemon tarts, salted caramels, and roasted pears.

Available now in 6-packs and on draught lines throughout the state, once MinneGose goes away, it’s gone!

XLCR- Now with all American hops!

XLCR- Now with all American hops!



Excelsior flagship brew XLCR to become more XLent

EXCELSIOR, MN—June 9, 2015—Local craft brewery Excelsior Brewing Company is announcing a new recipe for its flagship XLCR pale ale. The brewery has grown a lot in three years since opening its doors, and now XLCR is growing too, with more complex flavors that should delight fans of the brewery’s lineup.

Head brewer Niles Lewin explains that the recipe now features strictly American hops, resulting in a truly American Pale Ale with better mouth feel and an improved nose, while retaining the toasty, malty characteristics that helped launch the beer (and the brand) in 2012. Suggested pairings include grilled meats, sharp cheeses, and fruit-based desserts. In short, it goes with just about everything that makes America a great place to eat and drink.

If you love America, and you love beer, you’ll love this even-more-American Pale Ale. Try it today (or tonight, if that’s more convenient)!


Maifest May 5, 6, & 7



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.


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)


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.