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Apple Day Beer – Grandma Millie Approved

An old Welsh proverb says that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but 103-year-old Mildred “Millie” Bowers has other ideas.

Bowers, who survived the depression and has outlived two husbands, has a unique take on her advanced age.

The centenarian credits her love of beer as a major factor in her longevity, even going so far as to convince her physician to sign off on her daily afternoon pint.

 

“Have a beer, doctor’s orders” –Mildred Bowers, party girl

 

This begs the question, which is the true source of continued good health– apples or beer?

The good news is that at Apple Day in Excelsior September 17th, you don’t have to choose.  Saturday apples and beer will combine for a tour de force for your immune system and mental health.

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Excelsior is the place to be for an entire day devoted to celebrating apples.  Festivities include a 5k road race and pie-eating contest. In our taproom, we’ve even cooked up a specialty beer to mark the occasion.

Head Brewer Niles’ latest opus is a Nut Brown Ale infused with apple cider, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove that is sure to kick the festivities into high gear.

With only a single keg of  his masterpiece and an early open at 10am, interested parties hoping for a taste would do well to arrive early.

It’s Apple Day in Excelsior, stop off and enjoy a pint… or face the wrath of Grandma Millie.

 

The State Fair & those Delicious Invasive Species

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Candied bacon donut sliders, macaroni and cheese curds and the Cracker Jack Caramel sundae are just a few of the new gut bombs featured at this year’s Minnesota State Fair (August 25- Labor Day).

These dishes join the usual food favorites– namely anything in the world that can be deep fat fried, skewered on a stick and coated in powdered sugar.  The food at the fair promises to be as satisfying as ever, yet there is a noticeable gap in the state fair culinary game.  Where is the roughage?

This year the answer can be found in an unlikely place– your next cold beer.  Health nuts and beer connoisseurs alike should stop by the Agriculture/Horticulture Building for a sample of our Milfoil Lakehouse Saison.

Yes that milfoil.

The prop-clogging menace to local waterways is the key ingredient in brewmaster Nile’s latest opus, the Milfoil Lakehouse Saison.  For the first time ever, the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit at the fair will be serving invasive species by the glass.

Lucky for you, the milfoil joins other more traditional Minnesota ingredients like locally sourced hops and Minnetonka Gold Honey to deliver a fruity, slightly spicy take on the traditional Belgian style beer.

The exotic, invasive ale will be one of nearly 200 local beers available for purchase in mixed sets of four from a variety of breweries for just $10.

So when you grow weary from trudging through animal barns gawking at the overfed animals (and humans) at the fair, be sure to stop over and swill an aquatic hitchhiker or two.  It’ll not only quench your thirst, but also raise awareness of invasive species.

And if you can’t make it to the fair, stop by our brewery for a pint of the Saison and a discussion about other invasive species found in Minnesota like zebra mussels and packer fans.

Excelsior Brewing Now More Open

Due to overwhelming feedback from local beer enthusiasts, our taproom hours have been expanded.  Effective immediately, we’ll now open at 2pm on Tuesdays and noon on Friday.

The earlier open times give visitors a chance to enjoy our brews during Excelsior’s Farmers Market on Tuesday as well as get an early leg up on the weekend each Friday!

In addition, we’ve added special bike jersey pricing to our flagship pints on Thursday.  Thirsty patrons who arrive in a past or present EBC bike jersey will receive $3 flagship pints for the duration of their stay each and every Thursday.

But we aren’t just more open because of our new hours, we are also working to cultivate a diverse community.  To that end we have identified several underserved client groups and will be using our change in hours to welcome them to our taproom.

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VSS Sufferers 
Vegetarian Spouse Syndrome (VSS) is an affliction affecting the significant others of vegetarians whereby the carnivorous spouse may face meat-shaming and nutrition lectures.  Studies show flare-ups are most likely to occur near large patches of organic vegetables.  Tuesdays in Excelsior the VSS threat level is at the highest –Dark Green.  Our new hours on Tuesday mean the brewery will serve as a registered safe space for at-risk spouses and a respite for victims.

Discouraged Anglers
Pursuing trophy fish is sometimes a lonely battle. After spending an entire morning trolling for lunkers the transition back to society with an empty livewell can be traumatic.  Our taproom has malt beverage based re-entry resources designed to smooth this transition.  Join us on Fridays beginning at noon for some beverage therapy.  That way when friends ask if you caught anything you can proudly hold your head high and announce.  “Yes… a buzz. “

Newbie Cyclists
While cycling has never been more popular, group rides are fraught with peril for entry-level cyclists.   Experienced groups routinely drop slow riders from their peloton.  This can be a humbling experience.  If this happens to you, don’t fret about your failures.  Instead swing into the brewery for Thursday beer specials and a chance to socialize in those sweet spandex pants.

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Pokemon GO, Kettle Sours & Nerd Evolution

In the past week or so, one of two things has happened.  Depending on your perspective either…

A cool new game is bending the lines between the virtual and real-life world, simultaneously reuniting people with a nostalgic pastime from their childhood

Or

It is the nerd apocalypse.

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Regardless of your perspective, you’ll agree that Pokemon GO is a phenomenon because it took something people already enjoyed and enhanced it with technology.  It is an evolution.  The game was re-imagined and updated with some clear advantages.

Why interact with actual people using a card game in your mom’s basement when you can instead stare at your phone and wander into traffic?

A similar (and decidedly much cooler) technology innovation has similarly changed the brewing industry.

Brewing sour beer was once the exclusive purview of large scale brewers who used a process called age-souring to deliver their distinctive tart bite.  This was done via a long process, only possible for those with both the capacity and patience to ferment large batches over long periods of time.

The sours used extra fermentation in a chemical tug-of-war to deliver a distinctive tart taste.  The process was tricky.  One false move could mean contaminating an entire brewery.  This made sours expensive to brew and purchase.

Bring on the innovation.

Kettle souring appeared on the scene and re-imagined the entire ballgame.  By tweaking the order of the process, brewers could deliver the distinctive flavor profile of sours in small batches without the drawbacks and hazards.  This made sours viable to smaller breweries.

EBC is fully on board with innovation and has several kettle-brewed sours to deliver via a limited release in our taproom beginning on July 21st.

Peach Kettle Sour ABV 4.7% IBU 11
This kettle soured ale is brewed with fresh peach to deliver a light and tart profile. The effervescence and low IBU makes this brew perfect for summer.

Apricot Kettle Sour 5.4% 11 IBU
This brew balances the tartness of the sour with the sweet earthiness of apricot. The bubbly sour is a wonderful introduction to the innovation of kettle sours.

Raspberry Kettle Sour 5.2% 14 IBU
Loads of fresh raspberries shine through with every sip of this framboise style sour.  It will appeal to the nerdiest of the beer nerds while also acting as pleasant entry point for novices.

To clarify, our new kettle sours are not cartoons you harvest with your mobile phone, but actual beers that you consume in our taproom with your friends.

For Pokemon Go players we should clarify that friends are other carbon-based life forms who you interact with via a process known as communication.  This results in relationships.

While this may be out of your comfort zone, if you take it slow you should be fine and the beer can help.

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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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” 

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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.