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What’s on Tap July 30 – August 5

First off, let’s all hear it for ‘Merica and the Olympics kicking off. It’s the only time of the year where people find themselves thoroughly entranced with whether or not the 118 lb girl from Kazakhstan can clean and press 280 lbs (she can, FYI) or who will come home with the Air Rifle gold?

We are celebrating by brewing up a double batch of our XLCR Pale Ale today, which will COMPLETELY fill our tanks for the first time in our brief history. That’s 240 1/2 bbl kegs just waiting to get out to people of the greater Excelsior area. It’s a beautiful thing.

For those participating in the Tour de Tonka, make sure to look out for our guys volunteering at the event. We’re jacked to see some local bike action, hopefully we’ll spot an Excelsior Brewing Co. bike jersey or two in the crowd (now available for purchase in the brewery, FYI).

Anyone in Minneapolis will have a shot to sample some of our brews next Sunday at the Inaugural Minnesota Food Truck Fair. Those unfamiliar with our downtown food truck scene are missing out, there are PHENOMENAL items to sample. Of course, nothing goes better with food trucks than craft beer. Check out the info here: http://www.mnfoodtruckfair.com

Taproom hours this week are Thursday and Friday from 4-10 and Saturday 2-10, with tours from 12-2. Hopefully we won’t be too tired from staying up all night watching Olympic Badminton. Cheers!

Niles Lewin, making the beer happen!

Finishing Up Month #1

I cannot think of a faster month in my entire life. It seems like just yesterday we were opening our doors on July 2nd, unaware of what kind of support we would see and how our beer would be received. From the first person that walked through our door, we knew this was going to be a crazy/awesome experience and we haven’t been let down yet. Everyone that has contributed, either by volunteering or drinking our beer, thank  you for making our launch as stellar as possible.

Last weekend we poured at our first official beer fests as a functional brewery. Head Brewer Bob DuVernois exposed the northern half of MN to their first taste of our beer at the All Pints North festival in Duluth, while Senior Ambassador Ben mingled with the beer drinkers at the Highland Beer Dabbler. Thank you to everyone who had kind words to share, it was an honor to be part of those events and we are already psyched for more opportunities to pour for more folks.

We’re pouring this evening at the Toast and Taste in the Garden event, taking place at the University of Minnesota Arboretum. Tickets can still be purchased at the door, it’s going to be a helluva event with all the local restaurants, wineries and (most importantly) breweries attending.

As usual, our taproom will be open Thursday and Friday from 4-10 and Saturday 2-10. If you’re around, swing by for a beer or two.

Until next time, Cheers!

Growler Care and Events

Good morning folks!

Last week we debuted our XLCR Pale Ale to the masses and have gotten some great responses. We’re glad to see that the beer is being well received, thanks to everyone who came out last week. We dig the support!

This has meant we are swamped on growler sales at the moment, literally selling out our ENTIRE inventory the last couple weeks. Fear not, we have another shipment arriving mid-week so there will be chances to take home our Big Island Blond, debuting this week! For anyone who came out and was unable to get a growler last week, we are really, truly sorry. As in any business, it can be hard to gauge what kind of response you will receive your first time around. Fortunately the response has been great, unfortunately it led to a shortage in our growler inventory. We appreciate the patience on your end as we figure it out.

HOWEVER, on the growler note, we have some requests from those who have purchased growlers. Since we have refilled a ton of growlers in the past week, we are starting to notice something you folks can help us with a little bit:

  1. Once you finish off the beer in your growler, PLEASE give it a quick double rinse in hot water. This will make sure to eliminate some of the “funkiness” that has come back in some of the growlers.
  2. After you rinse, please let it dry, preferably upside down, without the cap on. Air ventilation = good thing.
  3. Please do not use dish soap, as this is a pain in arse to get out when we sanitize. Nobody wants a soapy beer

Going forward, we will be giving every growler that comes back the “sniff” test. Don’t be offended when we do, we trust you. It’s just the OTHER guy we’re worried about. If it’s funky, we will kindly remind you about proper growler care and probably give you a mean scowl. If it’s clean, you will be rewarded with a smile and a high five.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

July 19-21 – Crazy Days:  We will be open for normal taproom hours (Thu and Fri 4-10, Sat 2-10). Swing on by during the festivities and say hello!

July 21 – All Pints North Beer Fest – Duluth, MN

July 21 – Highland Park Beer Dabbler – St. Paul, MN

No tours this week due to the massive amount of events, but please come say hi at any of the above listed places!

As usual, cheers and have a great week everyone.

Friday the 13th Updates

For those unfamiliar with our Bridge Jumper IPA(ish) story, let me recap. Upon receiving our equipment, we had to take a bit of a stab in the dark as to how much grain we would need for our first official batch of XLCR Pale Ale. After all, we never really had a chance to learn our evaporation levels, mark our water lines in our brewhouse or know what kind of efficiency we would get from our brand spankin’ new system. We just wanted to jump feet first off the proverbial “bridge” and make our beer!

Turns out, we have a REALLY efficient system and instead of getting the more mild 5.5% XLCR, we produced the monster that has become known as Bridge Jumper. While it certainly is a bit more of a beast than our pale ale (8.5%), it was extremely well received by brewery employees and taproom attendees alike. So now, we feature our Bridge Jumper as one of our staple beers!

Since we sold out of the entire first batch in roughly 5 days, we are brewing up batch number two this morning! How fitting that a freak beer like the Bridge Jumper is being made again on Friday the 13th. Beautiful irony, really…

EDIT:  Brewed up Big Island Blond again on the 13th, brewing Bridge Jumper again on the 18th or 19th.

Hope to see everyone in the taproom tonight from 4-10, until then, Cheers!

Our Time to Shine!

In case you missed the news yesterday, we’re pretty cool. As further proof of this, Kare11 had President John Klick and Head Brewer Bob DuVernois on to talk about our story and, most importantly, try our XLCR Pale Ale. Just released yesterday, you can grab XLCR at 318, Republic and the taproom in Excelsior.

Thanks again to Kare11 for profiling Minnesota’s amazing local beer, it’s always good to be mentioned in the same series as Summit, Surly, Fulton and all the other phenomenal MN breweries.

Check out the story here: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=982866

Opening Week

5 ½ days, 29 kegs of beer, over 1,000 visitors and one heck of an opening week have left us speechless.

First and foremost, we want to say THANK YOU to all that stopped by and enjoyed a Bridge Jumper with us. Whether it was a taster, a pint or a growler, it was overwhelming to see the community come together and show that kind of love opening week.

Through all the setbacks, obstacles and challenges that came along with opening a brewery, we were able to keep moving forward knowing that our neighbors would be there at the end of the day to make it all worthwhile. Needless to say, you all did not disappoint.

Another group that deserves some major props is our group of volunteers that made this week possible. Without question, we could not have pulled off this week without you. The dedication and commitment to a brewery that just opened its doors was inspiring to see and we are proud to say your were just as responsible for our success in the first week as the employees.

As far as our beer goes, we have officially cashed all kegs of our Bridge Jumper, which was more than we could ever possibly imagine for opening week. Do not fret, next week we will debut the XLCR Pale Ale in the taproom, a beer we look forward to being one of our flagships for the foreseeable future.

The first week wasn’t a totally smooth road, as we did experience some challenges with our growler filler. For those that purchased a flat growler, we profusely apologize. Unfortunately, our CO2 and growler filler were not on the same page for the first day or two, which led to inconsistent carbonation levels. We have corrected the situation and will make sure all growlers are properly carbonated going forward. If you have not already, email ben@excelsiorbrew.com with any kind of growler issue and we will take care of you.

At the end of the day, we will learn and grow from this week as a business and a brewery. For example, don’t trust ANY piece of machinery will be simple to use (especially if the instructions are in Russian). Or remember that if a beer you made comes in at 8% ABV, you cannot toast everyone that walks through your door opening day, and expect to be standing by the end.

Again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for the support and for taking a leap of faith on a local brewery. Craft beer brings out the best in everyone and we know you have a lot of options, it means a lot to see people come through our doors and choose us. Cheers to a great opening week, can’t wait to do it again next week!