Gold Medals, ICA and Arctic Fever

We have quite the exciting Friday on our hands, folks! Just found out that Mr. Jimmy’s Baltic Porter, our first of many tribute beers to Jimmy Hutmaker, won a GOLD medal with the World Beer Championships (full details can be found here). Full credit to Bob and Niles for coming up with such a freakin awesome beer and bringing recognition to a style that flies under the radar.

Another great aspect that this beer brings to the table is the idea of giving back. When deciding to honor Jimmy Hutmaker with a series of beers, we wanted folks to remember the legacy of giving back that his name conjures up among locals. For every pint of Mr. Jimmy’s we sold in the taproom, $1 would go back to the local ICA Foodshelf as our way of remembering Jimmy. On Wednesday, we were proud to walk over the ICA with a check for over $1,600 (plus another $500 raised in the taproom separately). We’re fortunate to be involved with a program like the ICA and always look forward to contributing to their cause whenever possible.

We plan on celebrating our Gold this Saturday during Arctic Fever, taking place at the brewery. We are hosting our Fat Bike race, starting at 2:00, and setting up our heated beer garden for folks to embrace the MN winter, all within the comforts of a warm tent. Live music from Tim Mahoney will start at 5:00, with Bob Barley and the A’lers finishing out the night at 7:00. Amazing food from Deli by the Bay will be available, plus plenty of beer to warm up the bikers coming in from the race. It will be an event to witness, don’t be ‘that guy’ who misses out.

As always, thanks to the folks that have come out to the taproom and those who grabbed a pint of beer at one of the restaurants/bars carrying our beer. You allow us to do what we love and for that, we are always grateful.

Cheers to you folks, see everyone tomorrow!

What’s Happening – January 7th

Ton’s of stuff happening since our last blog, I hope everyone had a great holiday/New Year celebrations. By now your livers should be detoxing appropriately and ready for some more beers!

We’re proud to stay we’re still running strong over six months after we’ve opened our doors! It’s been an experience so far, with 8 different beers brewed and countless pints consumed in the taproom and in bars across the metro. Our newest beer is my personal favorite, the Oar Lock Oat Stout. If you haven’t made it to the taproom to try it out, you are truly missing out. This is an easy drinking, roasty brew that will satisfy any craving of chocolate in coffee, all while delivering 6.5% ABV of awesomeness. We will be releasing a firkin in the taproom this Friday (January 11) so make sure to come enjoy the beer like your forefathers in England did!

If you just can’t make it to the taproom, fear not! We will be heading to Pig and Fiddle on January 16th to officially unleash it on the public! Josh and the crew over at P&F are some of the coolest folks out there, don’t miss out on their delicious food and a tasty Oat Stout or two.

Speaking of events, there are a ton of different happenings going on in the next couple months. For a full listing check out our events page on the website. However, the most pertinent event for our locals is the upcoming Arctic Fever Fat Bike Race taking place on January 19th at the brewery. The race itself starts at 2:00 and is FREE to register. You just need tires at LEAST 3″ wide to enter and you’re eligible to race! Click here to signup! We will have a heated tent outside for the after party, featuring live music and plenty of beer! You know you want to celebrate the Minnesota outdoors, I think it’s a good opportunity to do so!

Plenty of more stuff on the horizon, stay tuned for some VERY exciting things in the weeks ahead. Cheers!

Jared Allen, Movember & Beer Dinners

With mustache-free faces, we would like to say thank you to everyone who donate or supported our time during the Movember fundraising season. With your contributions and our facial hair, we raised over $2,000 for prostate and testicular cancer research initiatives! Everything from explaining why we looked so manly, to hosting The Life Time Agency’s Movember Awards, to donating a keg to the ‘Stache Bash’ at the Blue Nile were great for us to take a step towards eliminating disease that affects all of us in some way. Be ready. November 1, 2013…we will be back with the ‘stache

On an awesome note, we were fortunate enough to have Jared Allen swing by the brewery and show some love to taproom attendees. Owner of a brewpub himself (Praying Monk, AZ), the man knows his beer. After swinging in for a couple pictures and MASSIVE handshakes, we were left with the awesome picture below. Such a classy dude, glad we had the chance to have him in and can safely say he is welcome back whenever he wants.

Defensive End > Accountant

THIS WEEK: For those in the taproom, we will be going through what is most likely our last few kegs of Mr. Jimmy’s Baltic Porter. If you haven’t already, make sure to come in and get a taste of this beer before it’s gone! Fear not, we have plenty of other beer in the taproom. From our standards (XLCR Pale Ale, Big Island Blond, Bitteschlappe Brown Ale) to a newcomer (Shattered Solstice Ale) and a soon-to-be staple (oat stout – out in 2 weeks).

If you’re free on Thursday night, make sure to get yourself down to Pig and Fiddle for one of the coolest beer dinners you’ll ever see. 4 courses, 4 breweries, 1 night of awesomeness. We are partnering with Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater, Indeed Brewing of Minneapolis and Rush River Brewing from River Falls to put on a unique dinner. Our beer (Bitteschlappe Brown Ale) is featured with the main course, but you know the other dishes will be stellar as well. Tickets are $40/each and include food and beer. Call now, there are only a few tickets left!

Hope to see everyone in the taproom this weekend. Until then, cheers!

Movember — Day 29…

Day 29…

Ben and Amar have worked hard on their mustaches…please donate to justify their glorious facial hair!

Our morale is high and the mustaches are heavy. After 29 days of growth to raise awareness and money for prostate and testicular cancer research, our ‘soup strainers’ are going strong. BUT we are still scrambling the last couple days. Our initial goal was to raise $1,000 for the month, and as of now, we are still only halfway there. PRETTY PLEASE head over to and give $5 or $10 to help out the cause. As it is something we are all affected by, I know everyone can relate in some way to this.


Last week we were lucky enough to participate in our first ever Christkindlesmarkt with the town of Excelsior. Three days of local goods, local food, local beer and local music couldn’t have gone better. Folks braved the suddenly chilly temperatures to come out and support local at every level, something we are elated to see. For all of those who came out, thank you! It was great seeing you, hopefully we’ll catch you again next time you are in the taproom.

We also had the opportunity to head over to Republic at Seven Corners, where they served up a firkin and the combo of Bitteschlappe and Mr. Jimmy’s Baltic Porter. As usual, it was a great time at Republic. After visiting their new location in Uptown last week, it appears that those folks are further cementing themselves as a craft beer staple for the Twin Cities. It’s always good to see bars switch their taps over to local beers, but when you dedicate your mission (and the majority of your tap lines) to making sure the local guys are represented, that’s something special. Cheers to Republic, thanks for being gracious hosts.

Tonight we have a ton of opportunities for you drink some Excelsior brewed beer. Our taproom is open from 4-10, as usual. We will be featuring a cask of Bitteschlappe conditioned with white ash, should be a tasty beer. EDIT: We will be tapping the firkin Friday, not Thursday. If you’re in Eden Prairie between 5-7, come on out to Champps where Ben will be handing out samples and talking about the different Excelsior offerings.

Finally, we are supporting a great cause tonight at Bayview Event Center and you should too! The ‘Don’t Stop Believing” Pancreatic Cancer Benefit concert is raising a ton of cash for a great cause, AND some stellar music in there too. Details can be found at’t-stop-believin%22-pancreatic-cancer-benefit.

Excelsior Brewing Co. – Exile on Water Street

West Metro representing on active duty! Cheers to Craig for his service

Its All Over Now as our favorite lake is looking a little lonely waiting for the ice to form and the pond hockey games to begin.  Our guys are waxing down their ice surfers and iceboats in anticipation, and our assistant brewer is making final tweaks to his fish shack that will surely see some ‘eyes this winter if not some Tumbling Dice.  If the limited sunlight has you thinking that I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, then the guys from Excelsior Brewing have plenty going on to lift that Beast of Burden.

Whether red, blue, green or whatever color the Libertarian Party claims (Paint It Black), we can celebrate the end of the nauseating commercials and honor the men and women who protect our freedom to cast our votes and let our voices be heard.  The Street Fighting Men and women of the armed services should be honored daily and thanked often.  November 11th, we officially celebrate Veterans Day, and since our Tap Room isn’t open on Sundays, we will raise a pint on Saturday night to honor our friends like Craig Shaver (pictured above).  All active duty and veterans will receive the first pint on us.  Please bring your proof of service and exchange it for a much deserved ‘Thank You’ and a beer of your choice.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, but Bob and Niles have been busy brewing up what you need.  The guys were hard at work again this week, filling the town with their wonderful aromas.  You almost wonder if our legendary ambassador of years past, Jimmy Hutmaker, can smell the aroma from his resting spot?  In 1964, Mister Jimmy had an encounter with the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, who was visiting our town after playing the Excelsior Amusement park the night before.  As the song lyric states, his “favorite flavor, Cherry Red” was unavailable and sparked the response “you can’t always get what you want”.  We celebrate the legend by donating $1 per pint to the ICA from our release of Mr. Jimmy’s Baltic Porter.  This lager was boiled with licorice root and conditioned with cherry wood, to give you a subtle oak-ish after taste of this wonderfully layered Porter.  Not your bag?  No need to Start Me Up or any of our wonderful volunteers, because our taps will still have a wide selection of beers including the remaining ounces of the Oktoberfest.

When did the brewery hire White Goodman away from the Globo Gym?  “Nobody makes White Goodman bleed his own blood.”  Try to keep up with White, er, Ben and his Movember ‘stache as he’ll be all over town next week when he isn’t working the Brewery.  Gimme Shelter from the cold weather rolling in.  On Ruby Tuesday, November 13th at The Eat Shop in Plymouth we have your shelter.  Ben and the crew will be part of a great beer dinner that night, pairing some Excelsior Brew with Jeff Anderson’s wonderful creations.  Jeff focuses on local ingredients, and what better way to enjoy his cooking than with your favorite local beer.  Let’s Spend the Night Together on the 17th down at the Pig & Fiddle in Edina.  We will be taking over the taps for one night with all your favorites from the Tap Room including Mr. Jimmy’s!  And finally, in the afteroon on the 17th, the Cask Master, Bob DuVernois will putting his magic to work on a pumpkin.  What?  That’s right, our Pumpkins aren’t Shattered, and Bob will be unveiling his Pumpkin Wassail. Enjoy this concoction of Bitteschlappe Brown Ale, hard cider, spices and roasted Gideon apples DIRECTLY from the pumpkin.

Thanks again for your continued support around town, asking, no demanding your favorite restaurant to include our beer on tap.  We love those phone calls!  We don’t have Sympathy for the Devil, so Get Off of My Cloud and head over to the Tap Room where the beer is great, the Volunteers are in high spirits and the vibe is Happy!



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Excelsior Brewing Co. Happenings – Movember, Beer Dinners and Launches

Now sitting a couple weeks out from Oktoberfest, we are back to business as usual. Some fun facts about our October 13th celebration that you may or may not know:

– The ICA raised over $1,000 at the Hammerschlagen booth

– Bring It! Studios raised $1,200 for breast cancer patients at Ridgeview Medical Center

– Maynards and Patisserie Margo raised $2,000 combined for the Excelsior Fireworks Fund

– Over 35 kegs of beer were consumed throughout the day by over 2,500 people

It was a helluva day, so humbled by the turnout and the atmosphere. We’re psyched to do it again in 355 days or so, but until then, it’s onwards and upwards!

Coming up next month we will be participating, as a brewery, in Movember. For those unfamiliar with the project, head on over to and check it out. The idea is to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues like prostate cancer by sporting mustaches throughout the month of November. We are selling mustache pint glasses in the taproom all month long, all proceeds will be donated to our Movember page (to donate directly, go to If you would like to join the team, we would love to have you! Email to get an invite, and more importantly, a great reason to sport a mustache all month long!

For the foodies out there, we are excited to announce our first ever beer dinner at Eat Shop! There will be four courses available, featuring our beers as the centerpiece. We will be drinking Big Island Blond, XLCR Pale Ale, Bitteschläppe Brown Ale and our NEW Mr. Jimmy Cherry Baltic Porter. It’s going to be a great time with some AMAZING food and beer. Details on tickets to follow, but it will be taking place November 13th. So be ready!\

Our taplines are growing like crazy right now, to see everywhere you can drink and Excelsior Brew head to We are especially excited to head on down to Edina for our launch at The Pig and Fiddle on November 15th! We will be selling flights and hanging out in a great beer environment. If you haven’t made your way to P&F yet, you are missing out on a knowledgeable and friendly staff, stellar food and most importantly great beer!

Until next time, cheers!


Guten Tag!

This Saturday, October 13th, we will be hosting our First Annual Oktoberfest at the brewery!

Start your day with the debut of our Excelsior Oktoberfest Märzen, while working on your Hammerschlagen skills under our outdoor tent. Once 2:00 hits, belly up to the stage to hear Tim Mahoney of NBC’s “The Voice” belt out an outstanding acoustic set. Once you have your appetite in place, come grab some delicious food provided by Maynard’s and Patisserie Margo. A couple brats, some strudel and a homemade pretzel later, you’ll be ready to get your polka on with another brew!

After you grab a Bitteschläppe Brown Ale, head on back to the stage to hear Thee Unholy 3 unleash their awesome brand of Surf Rock on your ears at 4:00. All this drinking and eating got your lederhosen in a bunch? Come on out and polka throughout the day, with live German accordion playing in between sets!

XLCR Pale Ale and Big Island Blond Ale will also be on tap, so come grab a beer boot (or two) and load up on a couple more beers as well!

While the event is all ages, wristbands will be handed out at the door. EDIT: We will be doing cash/credit transactions, not tickets, throughout the day.

Any questions, feel free to email and we will help you out. See you Saturday!


Keggin’ Up!

Look at that beautiful sight. 200 kegs…all customized…ready to be filled with beer. Such a great thing to see on a Friday morning, we couldn’t be more excited!

For those who came out to Taste of the Lakes last night, you already know how awesome of an event it was. For those that didn’t, you truly missed out. Raising funds for the ICA Foodshelf and WeCAN, dozens of local restaurants and a certain local brewery came out swinging with great food and great beer. The hospitality by Bayview Event Center was outstanding, they did a wonderful job of putting it all together. It was a pleasure to meet so many folks for the first time and see some familiar faces in the crowd as well.

Last night also marked our first ever tapping of a Firkin in the taproom! We had some XLCR, dry hopped with Target hops, waiting in the cooler for the right time to bust it out. We figured last night was as good as any, and within hours, the Firkin was cashed out. After tasting the smooth texture and smelling the delicious hop aroma, I can certainly see why it was gone so quickly. We cannot wait to make that a staple in the taproom going forward, stay tuned for more details about ‘Operation Firkin’.

We’re only a few weeks out from our Oktoberfest, to be held at the brewery on October 13th from 12-9. Starting to put together the overall logistics but it’s safe to say, there will be a lot of beer flowing…

Swing on out to the taproom tonight for some XLCR, Big Island Blond and Bitteschläppe! Can’t wait, see you then!

What’s Happening with EBC – Sept. 4th – 8th

Can you believe it’s already been over two months since we opened our doors? Like any other small business, we’ve had our share of triumphs and pitfalls along the way. However, things seem to be hitting a groove and the timing couldn’t be better, as the pace is about to pickup heading into Fall.

First off, we have a bittersweet event at Old Chicago – Minnetonka this week. For those that have not heard, they are closing their doors on September 14th after years of serving a wonderful variety of craft beer, highlighting local brews before it was cool. Tonight, at 5:30, we will be heading down with a couple of kegs for a chance to meet the people behind EBC and to sample a couple of our beers. Please swing by and say hello to us and let’s send Old Chicago off in style!

Friday night, make sure you have your reservations to Bacio restaurant for their 10th Anniversary Party event titled “Brewers of the Western Burbs”. Come drink some beer from your friendly neighborhood breweries, featuring Lucid, Badger Hill and ourselves. Bacio is working on a food menu, utilizing each brewery’s beer in the featured dishes. I’ve heard some rumors of a Big Island Blond soup, can’t wait to try it out!

As usual, our taproom is open Thursday and Friday from 4-10, and Saturday from 2-10. Looking forward to another stellar week, hope to see everyone soon! Cheers!


Hey there, State Fair!

Good afternoon folks!

First off, thanks to everyone who made it to the taproom last night. You never would have known from the crowd that it was a Thursday, the place was HOPPING. Your desire to drink quality local beer and play copious amounts of Jenga made last night a huge success, we greatly appreciate it.

Secondly, we’d like to share something about ourselves with all of you. We at Excelsior Brewing have a certain preference when it comes to the seasons…

5) Spring – Although this means the start of baseball, hockey playoffs and outdoor activities of the non-ice related variety, it always seems to be too short. We love it, but not as much as the others. It’s basically the middle child of seasons.

4) Fall – Beautiful weather, leaves changing, football season. Fall has it going on, but doesn’t bring enough to the table to rank higher.

3) Summer – Lake Minnetonka. Enough said.

2) Winter – How can you EVER rank a time when folks are playing hockey at ponds and rinks across the state any lower? Minnesotans have an average body temp of 43 degrees (it’s a fact, look it up) so we can handle the cold. It just means that many more awesome things we can do outside.

BUT most importantly, our favorite season which is almost upon us…

1) State Fair Season.

This year at the State Fair is a special one for us. We will be on tap at the Ballpark Cafe with our XLCR Pale Ale! We are BEYOND psyched to get a chance to showcase our brews at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. In addition to Ballpark, swing on by the MN Brewer’s Guild booth where they will be showcasing new beers everyday, including the ever-so-delicious Big Island Blond Ale. When temps reach 90 and you’re surrounded by thousands of peeps clamoring for corn dogs, the Big Island Blond is a stellar way to cool off AND compliment your deep fried deliciousness in front of you.

For those concerned with calories and going to a “light” beer at the fair, I have to ask what the heck you are thinking?! You’re at the fair to eat your body weight in cheese and battered covered Snickers. Don’t you dare go for a light beer to save a few calories when you could enjoy a Craft brew! Shame, shame!

Another exciting event for us will be the New Brewer’s Discussion panel, which we are sharing with Fulton Brewing, on August 26th at the Brewer’s Guild booth. Swing by to hear us discuss how we came to be, where we are at currently and what the hell we plan on doing with ourselves now that we have a fully functional brewery.

The fair starts next Thursday so make sure you wind down that diet, invest in some elastic waist pants and come say hello! Until then, Cheers to you!