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Now Offering 2018 Crew Memberships!


Who We Are

Back Channel Brewing is a collective of highly-motivated individuals who take pride in the necessary measures to produce beer that is second to none. We are a destination taproom on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, producing small-batch beers that go hand-in-hand with each season. As with the nature of our surroundings, nothing is off limits, and our progressive mindset will always lead the way forward.



Thursday     4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday     12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Saturday     12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Sunday     12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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2018 Crew Membership

Membership valid through December 31, 2018

-  Crew Club Membership card
-  $50 BCB gift card
-  Exclusive Crew Club t-shirt
-  1 free crowler per month - punchcard
-  15% off all merch purchases
-  Email updates on new brews & happenings
-  Get 1st dibs on special release beer
-  Plus various BCBC perks & promotions

Must be 21+ to join
Memberships are non-refundable
Annual membership are 1 per person

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on tap now

The Lake Maker - Lager
5.25% ABV,  14 IBU

Click Thrice - Cream Ale
5.25% ABV,  19 IBU

The Gant Lifter - Double IPA
8% ABV, 90 IBU

Iron Ranger - Stout
6.6% ABV,  52 IBU

Scowling Caveman - Dark Ale
6.0% ABV, 35 IBU

Soviet Slayer - Imperial Stout
10% ABV, 70 IBU


Back Channel Beers

The Lake Maker - Lager
5.25% ABV,  14 IBU

Click Thrice - Cream Ale
5.25% ABV,  19 IBU

Cold Feat - American Wheat
5.6% ABV,  28 IBU

Rail King - Pale Ale
5.9% ABV,  40 IBU

The Bus Driver - NE IPA
6.95% ABV, 58 IBU

Ten Letter Word - IPA
6.75% ABV,  65 IBU

The Gant Lifter - Double IPA
8% ABV,  90 IBU

The Eight Way - Porter
5.25% ABV, 37 IBU

Iron Ranger - Stout
6.6% ABV,  52 IBU

Scowling Caveman - Dark Ale
6% ABV, 35 IBU

Soviet Slayer - Imperial Stout
10% ABV, 70 IBU





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Matt “Olie” Olson

Role at BCBC:  Brewer // Owner
Source of inspiration: Bring a new and every changing lineup of beers to the community
Favorite beer style: Cream ale
Fav Craft Beer:  Anything from Back Channel Brewing Collective
2 Fun Facts About You: 1. Love to be outside; camping, biking, kayaking, or whatever the wife wants to do.  2.  Nickname is Olie; no one calls me Matt except my Mom.

Joe Meehan

Role at BCBC: Owner // Operator
Source of inspiration: My Family
Favorite beer style: IPA
Fav Craft Beer: Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
2 Fun Facts About You: I like to draw graphite portraits and I’m a fantasy baseball nerd.

Melissa Leddy

Role at BCBC: Owner // Experience
Source of Inspiration: Lake Life, Travel and Acts of Kindness
Fav Beer Style: Depends on the season – but a hoppy, west coast style IPA or a really, really good barrel-aged sour
Fav Craft Beer: 3 Floyds Zombie Dust
2 Fun Facts About You: I visited 50 breweries on a 14 day road trip from Seattle down to San Diego and I love beef jerky

Josh Leddy

Role at BCBC: Owner // Brewer
Source of Inspiration: The entrepreneurial spirit in the craft beer industry, and the hundreds of breweries that I’ve had the fortune of visiting. Special shout out to a few; The Other Half, The Alchemist, Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, Wicked Weed, Green Flash, Russian River, Fremont, Zebulon, Hi-Wire, Jester King, Crooked Stave
Fav Beer Style: My palate enjoys many styles of beer, but I will jump through hoops for a well-balanced Double IPA, or a funky barrel aged sour
Fav Craft Beer: The Other Half- Stacks on Stacks – Wicked Weed- Pernicious –
The Bruery- Reuze Sour Blonde 2015 – Firestone Walker- Brettaweiss
2 Fun Facts About You: I have jumped off over a thousand different docks on Lake Minnetonka and hockey was my first passion.


Marc Makarem

Role at BCBC: Head Brewer
Source of inspiration: When I started brewing, my two sources of inspiration were Vinnie Cilurzo and the beers at Russian River Brewing Company & the book, Brew Like a Monk, by Stan Hieronymus. Nowadays I construct beers by starting with a style/flavor profile in mind and then reverse engineering it. I’ve designed and brewed a range of beers from a delicate Berliner Weisse to a bold chili pepper, cacao, coffee and vanilla infused Imperial Stout – nothing is off limits.
Favorite Beer Style: It changes frequently but I am always in the mood for an Imperial Stout.
Fav Craft Beer: Hoppy – Treehouse Doppelganger, Malty – Prairie Birthday Bomb, Sour – Wicked Weed Genesis or Indeed Wooden Soul #9, Light – Hacker Pschorr Weiss
2 Fun Facts About You: I bike 2,000-3,000 miles a year. At home I brew with my pug, Frida.