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Book Now: Holiday Parties in the Taproom

Believe it or not, holiday party season is just around the corner.  Our taproom is now accepting reservations and can accommodate groups from 10 -150 for private to semi-private events.

Holiday Parties

We offer a variety of options for every budget from our Super Santa Package (open bar) all the way down to Grinch-level (cash only).  So if your company is considering booking space, we’d love you to consider our taproom.

Still not sold?  Here are the Top Five Reasons to Book Our Taproom for Your Holiday Party

#5 – Studies show few things are as universally beloved as beer– that’s true with millennials, Gen-X and baby boomers.  Now your holiday party can also serve as the cornerstone of your company’s diversity and inclusion plan.  That’s win-win.

#4 – A party at a brewery trumps a seated dinner any day.  No longer are you locked-in to a poor seating choice made early in the night.  At the brewery, bailing on a bad conversation is as simple as polishing off your pint and hoofing it to higher ground.

#3 – When you have an EBC party on the calendar, an IOU for a pint of beer becomes a viable Secret Santa gift.

#2 –With space to accommodate up to 150 guests, you can open up your team’s party to interns, temps, spouses and more.   This avoids the awkwardness of holiday rejection.

#1 – Let’s face it, sales are down.  A few cold beers may be your only bonus this year!

 

A holiday party at EBC truly is the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season.  For details on how to book a party along with answers to common questions, check out our Space Rental Page or contact Caroline at caroline@excelsiorbrew.com.

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.

 

Symbiosis: Cycling & Free Beer

Researchers at Oklahoma State recently published results of an exercise motivation study.

Their research concluded that wearing step-counting fitness monitors did not significantly motivate fitness activity in their test subjects.  So that got us thinking.  What would motivate people to exercise more?

Our hypothesis is that free beer would do the trick.

Since we are always interested in advancing scientific discourse, we knew we must put our hypothesis to the test.  To that end, Excelsior Brewing has commissioned a large scale study to test the impact of free beer on cycling activity in the Excelsior area.

We are now soliciting test participants for this important work.  

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are at least 21 years of age and thirsty.  To sign up for the study, simply stop by the taproom and purchase our new 2016 bike jersey.

2016 Excelsior Brewing Bike Jersey

All study participants who don the jersey and bike to our labs/taproom for the rest of the year will be compensated for their participation with one free pint of beer per visit per day.

Please consider helping us with this groundbreaking research.  Jerseys are on sale now for $79 and all proceeds will go to fund additional research this fall, including the first double-blind study of the science behind beer goggles.

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.

Miracle Party – May 1st 2016

Miracle Part 2016

The 3rd Annual Miracle Party is scheduled for May 1st at 5 pm!

Join us at the Excelsior Brewery on Sunday, May 1st to raise money in the fight to cure blood cancers!

This years Miracle Party is supporting Devon Dennis and her LLS’ Man & Woman of the Year – Minnesota Chapter Campaign and my LLS Team In Training – MN Chapter team “Lyndsey’s Lifesavers”!

All donations will go directly to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter!

Live music, food, beer and prizes!

Joey Nova’s Tonka Bay is our official food sponsor! If nothing else, come for the PIZZA!!!

Get your tickets now!

The Red Meat Revival – April 26, 2016

Red Meat RevivalThe 2ND ANNUAL FUNDRAISER for Legacy Project

FEATURING MEAT EXPERTS:

JON WIPFLI OF THE MINNESOTA SPOON

ERIK SATHER OF LOWRY HILL MEATS.

$55 ADVANCE TICKETS

$60 AT THE DOOR

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Includes two, 9 oz. beers and a high protein dinner.
Kids 13 and under are FREE.

Men and women will learn from the experts everything meat as we celebrate another year for The Legacy Project movement. A perfect venue to kick off the grilling season with great people and excellent food! Join this event on Facebook!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
5:30pm 8:30pm
Excelsior Brewing Co.
421 3rd Street Excelsior MN