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Who We Are

Back Channel Brewing is a destination brewery/taproom, located on Lake Minnetonka, serving high quality, small batch beers. We brew across the board, with a special emphasis on Lagers, IPA’s, and Imperial Stouts.

 

Hours

 

Wednesday  3:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

Thursday     3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday     12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Saturday     12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Sunday     12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 
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on tap now

UPDATED: 6/19/2019

Sixteen Times - Munich Helles Lager
5.25% ABV, 18 IBU

Poppin’ Bury - Pils
5.65% ABV, 35 IBU

Cold Feat - Juicy Wheat
5.60% ABV, 19 IBU

The Mats - New England Pale Ale
5.75% ABV, 30

Rail King - Pale Ale
5.90% ABV, 39 IBU

Recreational Foam - New England IPA
6.70% ABV, 55 IBU

Le Tour Guide - West Coast Double IPA
8.00% ABV, 80 IBU
*Available in a bowl thru Friday, 6/21

Lorenzo - Triple IPA
10.00% ABV, 90 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration with 1840 Brewing out of Milwaukee, WI

The Eight Way - Porter
5.25% ABV, 37 IBU

Island Digs - Tropical Stout
6.75% ABV, 41 IBU

Scribble Jam - Imperial Roggenbier
9.00% ABV, 25 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration of Zack Dunbar of Forager Brewing

Space Blazer - Imperial Porter w/ Madagascar vanilla beans
9.00% ABV, 56 IBU

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In the Cellar

 

UPDATED: 6/15/2019

Fermenter # 1
The Padre - Mexican Stout

Fermenter # 2
Ten Letter Word - IPA

Fermenter # 3
Junkyard Collab - Sour IPA

Fermenter # 4
The Empress - Fruited Wheat

Fermenter # 5
Horny Sidekick - Light Lager

Fermenter # 6
Click Thrice - Cream Ale

Back Channel Beer Catalog

LAGERS

SheeCat - Leichtbier
3.80% ABV,  22 IBU

Horny Sidekick - American Light Lager
4.50% ABV, 11 IBU

The Lake Maker - American Lager
5.25% ABV,  14 IBU

Sixteen Times - Munich Helles Lager
5.25% ABV, 18 IBU

The Hartthrob - Pilsner
5.00% ABV, 38 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration with Tom Berg of Falling Knife Brewing

The Draftsman - Vienna Lager
5.15% ABV, 26 IBU

The Brave Stave - IPL
6.15% ABV, 21 IBU

Island Digs - Tropical Stout
6.75% ABV, 41 IBU

The Art Baron - Kulmbacher
7.00% ABV, 77 IBU

Wringside - Doppelbock w/ coffee & toffee
8.75% ABV, 22 IBU

ALES

Alfred's - Blonde Ale
5.00% ABV, 18 IBU

Click Thrice - Cream Ale
5.25% ABV,  19 IBU

The Empress - Fruited Wheat
5.25% ABV, 19 IBU

Cold Feat - American Wheat
5.60% ABV,  28 IBU

Trappeur - Saison
6.25% ABV, 22 IBU

Sole Purpose - Red Ale
6.25% ABV, 36 IBU

Mid-Air - NE Pale Ale
5.75% ABV, 30 IBU

Rail King - Pale Ale
5.90% ABV, 39 IBU

Piano Flow - Pale Ale
6.00% ABV, 42 IBU

Sangsae - NE Pale Ale
6.00% ABV, 30 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration with Portage Brewing Company

Five-Legged Table - Wet Hop Pale Ale
7.00% ABV

Crooks Haven - Irish Stout on Nitro
4.50% ABV, 35 IBU

The Eight Way - American Porter
5.25% ABV, 37 IBU

Iron Ranger - American Stout
5.75% ABV,  52 IBU

Scowling Caveman - Dark Ale
6.00% ABV, 35 IBU

Three Soldiers - Foreign Extra Stout
6.20% ABV, 60 IBU

IPA’s & Double IPA’s

Dark Nome - Black IPA
6.00% ABV, 60 IBU

The Telestrator - NE IPA
6.15%, ABV, 60 IBU

Unified Fund - NE IPA
6.25% ABV, 57 IBU

Fishin’ Tips - NE IPA
6.50% ABV, 56 IBU

Local Sound - Experimental IPA
6.50% ABV, 59 IBU

Turning Tricks - NE IPA
6.50% ABV, 69 IBU

Recreational Foam - NE IPA
6.70%, ABV, 55 IBU

Dunzo - NE IPA
6.75% ABV, 58 IBU

The Skip - NE IPA
6.75%, 57 IBU

Neck Dart - West Coast IPA
6.75% ABV, 67 IBU

Ten Letter Word - IPA
6.75% ABV,  65 IBU

Turtleneck Takedown - IPA
6.75% ABV, 75 IBU

The Bus Driver - IPA
6.95% ABV, 58 IBU

On Point - NE IPA
7.25%, 54 IBU

Money Baby - IPA
7.25% ABV, 67 IBU

The Dudes - NE Double IPA
7.75% ABV, 81 IBU

The Gant Lifter - Double IPA
8.00% ABV, 90 IBU

Earth Rings - Double IPA
8.50% ABV, 77 IBU

Drinking Teams - Double NE IPA
8.75% ABV, 80 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration with Drastic Measures Brewing & Ansari’s Grill

Lorenzo - Triple NE IPA
10.00% ABV, 82 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration with 1840 Brewing Company (Milwaukee, WI)

Imperial Ales

Harry Peter - Double Tropical Stout
8.25% ABV, 69 IBU

Space Blazer - Imperial Porter w/ Madagascar vanilla beans
8.50% ABV, 56 IBU

Scribble Jam - Imperial Roggenbier
9.00% ABV, 25 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration of Zack Dunbar of Forager Brewing

Something New - Champagne Saison conditioned on elderberries
9.00% ABV, 29 IBU

The Padre - Imperial Mexican Stout
9.00% ABV, 65 IBU

Gunslinger - Imperial Amber Ale
9.25% ABV, 87 IBU

Barrel Aged Gunslinger - Imperial Amber aged in a Jack Daniels barrel
9.25% ABV, 87 IBU

Cold Storage - Imperial Brown Ale w/ chai tea & toasted coconut
9.75% ABV, 55 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration with Revelation Ale Works

Soviet Slayer - Imperial Stout
10.00% ABV, 70 IBU

Class 100 - Wee-Heavy Scotch Ale
10.40%ABV, 28 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration with Tom Berg of Falling Knife Brewing

Felix Battles - Imperial Stout w/ roasted almonds
11.20% ABV, 95 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration with Junkyard Brewing Co.

 King of the Wring - Imperial Stout w/ coffee
11.25% ABV, 88 IBU

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CALENDAR

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BIOS

Matt “Olie” Olson

Role at BCBC:  Brewer // Owner
Source of inspiration:  To be a part of creating a place in the community with great beer and a relaxing atmosphere.
Favorite beer style:  I think there is something great about all styles of beer.  
Fav Craft Beer:  I lean towards APA's having a great aromatic character finished with a light sweetness for balance:  Dale's Pale Ale, Pseudo Sue, Rail King.
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: Toppling Goliath Morning Delight - Fair State/Modern Times Spirit Foul - Mikkeller Raspberry Blush
2 Fun Facts About You: I visited 50 breweries on a 14 day road trip from Seattle down to San Diego and I have David Bowie eyes.


Josh Leddy

Role at BCBC: Owner // Brewer
Source of Inspiration: The people I get to work with on a daily basis, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the craft beer industry.
Fav Beer Style: Fresh Hazies, Crisp Lagers, Thick Imperial Stouts, and Barrel Aged Sours
Fav Craft Beer: Toppling Goliath - Mornin’ Delight; Guilty Pleasure - Labatt Blue
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.  From there, judging beers opened my eyes to a ton of styles I had never tried and the vast world of beer flavors I never knew existed. 
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'm a BJCP certified beer judge. At home I brew with my pugs, Frida and Sophie.

Navigate to Back channel Brewing Co.

4787 Shoreline Drive
Spring Park, MN, 55384
United States

*Docks are OPEN for the season

 

Watercraft Guidelines

ARRIVING BY BOAT

Please read the following guidelines before navigating to Back Channel Brewing by boat for the first time. For those arriving by SUP, kayak, canoe, or any other non-motorized watercraft, we have additional guidelines below.

  • All boats must be less than 34 feet in length overall (including bow pulpits, swim platforms, etc.), and less than 10 feet wide (10' beam). Boats larger than this will not fit our slips.

  • We reserve the right to refuse service to intoxicated boaters.

  • Please be respectful of music volume while docking at Back Channel Marina.

  • LMCD boating rules must be followed when navigating the area.

ARRIVING BY SUP, KAYAK, CANOE, OR OTHER NON-MOTORIZED WATERCRAFT

  • You may only access our docks, if one of our four transient slips is open.

  • Do not attempt to access the marina by land, or through any of the private slips.

  • If a transient slip is open, our dock attendant will help guide you to the correct landing spot. Once you are pulled into an open slip, be prepared to lift your watercraft out of the water, and carry it to land. We will have a designated spot for storage of all non-motorized watercraft.

  • Once your non-motorized watercraft is stored on land, you will be responsible for monitoring it. Consider it the same scenario if you arrived to the brewery by bicycle.

 

 

Watercraft Directions

Traveling from West Arm into Seton Channel

- This is a NO-WAKE zone, so you must travel as slow as possible.

- When traveling through Seton Channel, there must be a safe distance between you and another boat. A good rule of thumb is 100 feet of space between boats.

- When traveling under the Seton Channel bridge, be aware of fishing boats that may clog the area. If you encounter a boat heading in your direction, make sure to keep to the right as you approach one another.

- Once you’ve passed under the bridge, you will be able to spot the four transient slips, which will be about 500 feet away and on the East, (left) side of the channel. If you see any of the four green Back Channel flags flying high, that means that there is a spot open and you can anticipate entering a slip.

- As you get closer our slips, you will want to locate one of our dock attendants, who will be standing on the end of the dock. Simply wave your hand to notify the dock attendant that you would like to swing your boat in. If there is oncoming boat traffic, you cannot stop and wait for traffic to pass by, or you may get pulled over for impeding traffic through the channel. Instead, continue to travel into Seton Lake and make your loop in the wider area of the lake.

- If another boat is attempting to dock into one of our slips, you must allow that boat to dock before you. You are not allowed to cut in front of another boat, as that may cause congestion in the channel.

- If you approach the transient docks, and there are no flags flying high, that means that all the spots are taken and you must continue to travel into the Seton Lake area. If you still desire to dock your boat at Back Channel, you can wait inthe Seton Lake area until a slip opens up. Please be mindful of any other boat
that may be waiting in the area, as you may have to wait your turn for a slip to open up.

Traveling from Black Lake

- Once you’ve passed through Black Lake, you will enter a channel that will take you past Presbyterian Homes & Park Island Apartments. This is a NO-WAKE  zone, so please travel slowly. As you approach the Seton Lake area, you will start to turn to the right, and head towards Seton Channel where you will see Back Channel Marina on the right.

- As you’re heading North, towards the channel and marina, you will be able to spot our four slips. If any of the four flags are flying high, please signal to the dock attendant that you plan to dock your boat. After signaling, simply veer your boat slightly to the right, and enter an open slip.

- If you notice that there are no flags flying high, that means there are no open spots. If there are no open spots, you must wait in the Seton Lake area for one to open up, or you must continue traveling North through Seton Channel. You are not allowed to stop and wait in the channel for a slip to open up, as you may get pulled over for impeding traffic in the channel.

Traveling from Cooks Bay into Emerald Lake

- As you enter Emerald Lake from Cooks Bay, you will continue to travel North into Seton Lake, where you will be able to spot Back Channel Marina off in the distance on the East, (right), side of the channel. This is a NO-WAKE zone, so please operate your boat slowly through this area.

- If any of the four flags are flying high, please signal to the dock attendant that you plan to dock your boat. After signaling, simply veer your boat slightly to the right, and enter an open slip.

- If you notice that there are no flags flying high, that means there are no open spots. If there are no open spots, you must wait in the Seton Lake area for one to open up, or you must continue traveling North through Seton Channel. You are not allowed to stop and wait in the channel for a slip to open up, as you may get pulled over for impeding traffic in the channel.