The newest face in our exploding craft beer scene is Excelsior Brewing Company, who just opened up their doors on Monday for both pint sales and growler fills. The 3,000-square foot facility is located in the city for which they are named, and is catering to its residents.
“We want to make sure to cater specifically to the Lake Minnetonka area,” said Ben Flattum, Excelsior’s Senior Ambassador. “The idea of local beer is something we really believe in and there’s no need to go outside your hometown until everyone who wants us on tap can get us.”
At the Head Brewing helm is Bob DuVernois, formerly the head brewer at St. Paul’s Great Waters. Together, he and Excelsior will feature an IPA named Bridge Jumper, a pale ale named XLCR, and an unnamed blonde ale. A Marzen is in the works for a pending Oktoberfest celebration – which is still in the early planning stages – that will be available only at the festival and taproom.
Flattum said more styles will be ready in autumn.
“We will have some sort of Brown Ale out for distribution in fall and most likely a stout of some variety in the winter. I know Bob, our brewer, made an amazing oatmeal stout at Great Waters, so hopefully something of that variety. Our taproom will feature rotating one-off beers as well; we just haven’t had time to make them yet.”
Since March of 2011, owners John Klick, Jon Lewin, and Patrick Foss have been busy planning out Lake Minnetonka’s brewery, eventually Flattum, DuVernios, and Lewin’s brother, Niles, to take up assistant brewer duties. As do most other startup breweries, they rely on volunteer help to keep beer flowing in the taproom and to keep the growlers filled.
To meet demand, availability will initially be limited.
“For now, we will be keeping the beer in Excelsior bars and restaurants, along with a few in Minnetonka and Wayzata,” Flattum said.
For those excited to tote Excelsior’s beers around in smaller vessels, he touched on when we their beer on store shelves.
“We will be canning, but at this point, not sure when,” Flattum said. “We have our sights on next Spring, but I think we have our hands full just getting enough beer out to service taplines for a few months. Once things settle down in November, we are going to start planning out when we can logistically and financially afford to can our beer.”
The taproom hours will run from 4-10 on Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, visit http://excelsiorbrew.com/ or call 952.474.SUDS (7837).