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IPA & Namaste March 13th 2016

Beginning March 13th at 11:00AM, join us for an hour of yoga in the best setting in town – Excelsior Brewery.

Excelsior Brewing Yoga

Get your Sundays started off with a twist!

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!


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)

Due to an amazing amount of interest in yoga in the taproom, we are announcing three dates in March.
March 13th, 20th and 27th

Pre-registration is available to secure your spot.

Dates – March 13, 20 and 27
$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.

Barrel Aged Scofflaw RIS Release Party!

Exelcior Scofflaw

Winter’s not over yet!

On Thursday March 10th we will be tapping our Russian Imperial Stout, Scofflaw, aged 10 months in Wild Turkey barrels, at Mac’s Industrial in Minneapolis. In addition to Scofflaw, we will also be featuring a second beer of the night. This is our inaugural BA stout release and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

Barrel Aged Scofflaw: 11.6% 77 IBUs

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Come for the Kites, Stay for the Fatties



Fourth Annual Fat Fever -February 20th


Each weekend Lake Minnetonka serves as the venue for countless outdoor fitness pursuits.  Fat-tire cyclists, kite-surfers and others coexist en route to enjoying the 22-mile expanse of God’s great gift to the twin cities.

These disparate groups meet, race and ride in autonomy, rarely interacting.

All of that will change on Saturday February 20th.  Fueled by a weather-related reschedule, Excelsior Bay (and later our taproom) will see worlds collide as kite surfers and cyclists come together in the name of fitness, diversity and a shared love of malt beverage.

The events begin at 11am with the EBC Kite Open, followed by the Fourth Annual Arctic Fat Fever Race at 2pm.  Race participants and well-wishers are invited to converge upon the taproom afterward for awards, fellowship and libations.

What some are calling a unity summit for the ages others are simply calling an excuse to tip a pint at noon.  Regardless of your take, we invite you choose your craft, sign up and enjoy.  Whether you prefer to go fly a kite or straddle a fatty, we’ll be here for awards and refreshments after.

So bring us your tired, your poorly insulated, your shivering masses yearning to be refreshed.  Minnesota’s great melting pot awaits–complete with bands, beer and brotherhood.


Race Registration & Start Times

11 am Kite Open   (bib pickup and check-in at 8am at EBC)

2 pm  Arctic Fat Fever  (bib pickup at 11am, demos 12-4pm)











Excelsior Brewing Company once again has partnered w/ Eriks Bike and Boards  to bring you

The 4th Annual Arctic Fat Tire Bike Race

Saturday 2/20/16.    

11am Registration at the Excelsior Brewing Company (421 Third Street, Excelsior, MN).

Race Cost:  $5.00

What you get?    Unreliable race conditions around and on Big Island, A free pint glass and bragging rights. 

Registration:  11am (At the brewery)

Demos: 12-4pm (on the lake)

Race Starts at 2pm (on the lake)

Register Here:  Excelsior’s Arctic Fat Tire Bike Race

Register Here: Excelsior’s Kite Open

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The Return of Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest!Join us for our second annual Oktoberfest at Excelsior Brewing Company! We’ve made this into a two-day Bavarian Bash to make sure everyone gets a chance to grab a beverage in our outdoor Biergarden, featuring live music and the chance to drink over 12 different beers!

Oct. 11th: 4-10; Oct. 12th: 12-11



4-6 – Alpensterne

6-7 – A Little Bit Rusty and the Russians

7-9- Slip Twister


12-130 – Hofbrau Trio

2-330 – Chris Kelly Band

4-5 – Hofbrau Trio

530-7 – Bob Barley and the Al’ers

715-9 – Alpensterne

Be one of the first to drink Excelsior’s newest seasonal beer, the Nunnmorblak Black Ale!

We will also be releasing special one-off beers for the weekend, check out our list of releases below:

FRIDAY:  All taps open @ 4pm  – Limited Supply

 Sprucenweizen – ABV 5.3%

Hefeweizen brewed w/ Colorado blue spruce tips

Firkin – Bitteschläppe w/ licorice root – ABV 6.5%

Cask conditioned brown ale aged with licorice root

Strum und Drang – ABV 6.5%

Brown ale brewed w/ sarsaparilla root

Bridge Jumper IPA – ABV 7.5%

Big and balanced, malt forward IPA

SATURDAY:   New Beer tapped hourly til its gone…..Limited Supply

 1pm – Schmällbier – ABV 3.3%

The lonely child of the Nunnmörblak Ale;  A hoppy, sessionable ale

 2pm – Helios Hefeweizen – ABV 5.3%

Straw colored German style wheat beer

3pm – Oktoberfest Märzen – ABV 5.2%

An unfiltered lager packed with Vienna malt

 4pm – Dunkelweizen – ABV 5.4%

Traditional dark wheat beer with clove and banana notes

 5pm – Pin – Ginger Hefeweizen – ABV 5.3%

Cask conditioned Helios Hefeweizen tea bagged w/ ginger root

 6pm – Bridge Jumper IPA – ABV 7.5%

Big and balanced, malt forward IPA

7pm – Firkin – Schmällbier & Dunkelweizen blend w/ cocoa nibs – ABV 4.8%

We will have LIMITED 0.5 Liter and 1 Liter EBC Oktoberfest German Tankards that you can purchase at the event as well.

Questions, shoot an email to See you this weekend at Oktoberfest!



MN Beer on a Stick – EBC at the State Fair

It’s soooo hot outside….

“How hot is it?” you may ask?

Hot enough where the $1 “All-you-can-drink-milk” at the State Fair is a bad choice (for those that missed the reference, click here)

Sure, the heat was devastatingly and disgustingly overwhelming enough to reduce even the manliest of men to a mere husk of their former self, but that didn’t stop us from heading out to the Minnesota State Fair to show some love for the Minnesota Craft Beer scene, and hang out with some other daredevil fairgoers in the process.


John Klick and Bob DuVernois schooling the crowd with some Beer Knowledge

We were fortunate enough to share the stage with Lucid Brewing, another great West Metro brewery located right down the road from us, and discuss how and why we’ve gotten into the Craft Beer industry. It was a solid opportunity for those in the crowd to ask questions, pick the brains of the folks behind some of their favorite beers, and maybe consume one or two in the process. This was just a small part of the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit, taking place at the MN State Fair for the second year in a row. Organized by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and One Simple Plan, this has proved to be a great way of getting out the word of small, local breweries that many people may have never heard of.

Jeff Troldahl's State Fair inspired art work.

Jeff Troldahl’s State Fair inspired art work.



Some of the many pieces of breweriana from days of MN Beer past

Some of the many pieces of breweriana from days of MN Beer past











Among the available flights of Minnesota Beer and the educational aspect are some very unique pieces that both beer drinkers and teetotalers alike can enjoy. New to the exhibit this year, MN breweries were asked to showcase art from their breweries. We commissioned Jeff Troldahl, our resident designer and all-around awesome dude, to put together a piece that encompassed the fair and EBC as a whole. He definitely knocked it out of the park, looking forward to the piece hanging on the brewery walls for years to come. Reminding folks of where MN beer has come from, the 10k Beer Hall also features a TON of historical brewery memorabilia, bringing back memories of the Glueks and Schmidt days for those old enough to remember.

President John Klick and Head Brewer Bob DuVernois then took to the stage to walk WCCO host Jason DeRusha through some of the beer available at the fair, if you have a minute the video can be found here. We appreciate them having us on, it’s always an honor to represent Minnesota beer in front of thirsty patrons!

The day was capped off by a Bitteschlappe Brown Ale and some Indeed Brewing Day Tripper battered onion rings (featuring a Bitteschlappe Spicy Mustard) at Ballpark Cafe, the perfect way to end a scorching, yet enjoyable, day at the Great Minnesota Get Together.

Ballpark Cafe featuring a ton of great MN brews, including EBC

Ballpark Cafe featuring a ton of great MN brews, including EBC

Catching Up – August 13th at Excelsior Brewing

It seems we’re always doing this to ourselves. We come into work Monday, proceed to blink, and it’s already Saturday evening. With summer in full swing, it’s hard to keep up with everything going so let’s recap some of the things that have been happening with us the past few weeks:

Brew Love: Supporting the Ronald McDonald House, this fundraiser is one of the most entertaining around due to it’s focus on drinking beer for a good cause! Not that we need an excuse to sample great local beers, but this just adds a nice element of helping out a premier non-profit that really does good within our community. We look forward to doing some more fundraising with these folks in the near future.

Brew at the Zoo: Yet another worthy cause, this beerfest did a phenomenal job raising money for one of our state’s main attractions, the Minnesota Zoo, and exposing a sold-out crowd to amazing craft beers. On top of that, we totally got to check out the new bear exhibit…so you know, we’ve got that going for us.

Excelsior Brewing Co. 1st Beerthday Party: Holy cow. That was a party. We had all of our regulars and a whole crop of new faces celebrating our one year anniversary and couldn’t be more humbled by the turnout. That party had everything: dunk tanks, live music from phenomenal local artists and our Head Brewer Bob DuVernois in a crash test dummy morph suit. THANK YOU to everyone who came out to celebrate with us, and thanks to Yamamoto for helping make our first Beerthday party something to remember.


Minnesota State Fair: We will be on tap at the Ballpark Cafe with our Bitteschlappe Brown Ale and in the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild tent with various beers for their MN beer flights. Last year was a stellar success in promoting Minnesota beer, we can only imagine this year will be even better. The space is expanded greatly and will give our Minnesota brewers a chance to showcase more of their personality (including a beer related art exhibit that is sure to be intriguing to say the least). Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter to find out when we’re heading to the fair and come join us for a beer or two!

Border Battle Beer Fest: We, at the brewery, live by the mantra “Better dead than Red”. Everyone knows a Badger can’t hold a handle to a Gopher and this is our chance to show it. Minnesota breweries will face off against some of Wisconsin’s finest in a quest for border dominance! Our locals will have the luxury of signing up for a bus ride to and from the festival, held in Somerset WI, to represent their state with pride (and drinking). Tickets can be purchased here, make sure to get yours and help us kick some ‘Sconnie ass!

Autumn Brew Review: Assuming you were one of the lucky folks to get a ticket for this sought after event taking place at the original Grain Belt Brewery, you’ll have a chance to sample some VERY special beers we plan on busting out for this MN Brewer’s Guild event. Debuting some new seasonals and twists on some old favorites, make sure to swing by our booth and enjoy some deliciousness that you won’t get anywhere else.

As always, stay tuned for more updates on beers and announcements on upcoming beers (hint: special release for our upcoming Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 11/12).



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Luck o’ the Lake Recap

run16By now, everyone has (hopefully) recovered from the past weekend and the festivities that come along with St. Patrick’s Day. In case you weren’t at the brewery, let me quickly recap what you missed out on:

– Over 500 folks took off from the brewery on the Luck o’ the Lake 5k run. The winner finished in roughly 17 minutes, motivated by the thought of coming back to the brewery for a celebratory beer.

– Irish Elvis knocked the doors off with a SICK performance, setting the tone for the rest of the night

– Copious amounts of beer were consumed throughout the day, making the Giant Jenga games that much more entertaining

– Chris Kelly, yes THE Chris Kelly, made an impromptu appearance Saturday night and showed off some serious musicianship.

St. Patrick’s Day was, is, and always will be, my favorite holiday. Thanks to everyone who came out to make our first one ever something special!

To recap last week, we headed over to our neighbors at Gold Nugget for a five-course beer dinner that was insanely tasty. Chef Eli worked his magic and put together some of the best pairings imaginable, complimenting our beers perfectly. My personal favorite was the Beer Battered Lobster with Big Island Blond Ale, but it’s not easy picking a favorite at this point. Thanks to everyone involved, both attendees and staff, for putting on a great dinner. We cannot wait to come back again this summer and hopefully do it again!

Next week, Niles and Ben will be heading to Washington D.C. for the 2013 Craft Brewer’s Conference. Ben will be live blogging from seminars, events and the after party’s to keep everyone up to date on the state of our Craft Brewing industry. Most importantly, we will be showcasing our Barrel Aged Spruce Beer, aptly named “George’s Wooden Teeth Spruce Beer”, at the Amber Waves event, sponsored by Dogfish Head and Victory Brewing. We are one of 25 breweries selected, head to for more information.

Moving forward, we will have a couple VERY exciting beer related announcements to stay tuned to our Facebook page for real time updates as to what’s coming out.

Follow us at and on twitter @excelsiobrew.


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