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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.




Wednesday  4:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

Thursday     4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday     2:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Saturday     12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Sunday     12:00 PM - 7:00 PM


on tap now

UPDATED: 1/20/2019

The Lake Maker - Lager
5.25% ABV,  14 IBU

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

Click Thrice - Cream Ale
5.25% ABV,  19 IBU
*Available on Nitro

The Empress - Peach/Apricot Wheat
5.25% ABV, 19 IBU

Earth Rings - Double IPA
8.50% ABV

Drinking Teams - Double IPA
8.75% ABV, 80 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration with Drastic Measures Brewing & Ramsey Ansari for Ansari’s 10th Anniversary

Scowling Caveman - Dark Ale
6.00% ABV, 35 IBU
Available with Heat

Iron Ranger - Stout
5.75% ABV, 52 IBU

Three Soldiers - Foreign Extra Stout
6.20% ABV

Island Digs - Tropical Stout
6.75% ABV, 41 IBU

Cold Storage - Imperial Brown Ale w/ Chai Tea & Toasted Coconut
9.75%, 55 IBU
*Brewed in collaboration with Revelation Ale Works

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In the Cellar


UPDATED: 1/9/2018

Fermenter # 1

Fermenter # 2
*New Beer- Dopplebock

Fermenter # 3
Sixteen Times - Munich Helles Lager

Fermenter # 4
Earth Rings - IIPA

Fermenter # 5
Alfred’s - Blonde Ale

Fermenter # 6
*New Beer - Foreign Extra Stout

Back Channel Beer Catalog

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

The Lake Maker - Lager
5.25% ABV,  14 IBU

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

Click Thrice - Cream Ale
5.25% ABV,  19 IBU

The Empress - Raspberry Wheat
5.25% ABV, 19 IBU

The Empress - Blueberry Wheat
5.25% ABV, 19 IBU

The Empress - Blackberry Wheat
5.25% ABV, 19 IBU

The Empress - Mixed Berry Wheat
5.25% ABV, 19 IBU

The Empress - Tropical Wheat
5.25% ABV, 19 IBU

Cold Feat - American Wheat
5.60% ABV,  28 IBU

The Draftsman - Vienna Lager
5.15% ABV, 26 IBU

The Brave Stave - IPL
6.15% ABV, 21 IBU

The Art Baron - Kulmbacher
7.00% ABV, 77 IBU

Trappeur - Saison
6.25% ABV, 22 IBU

Sole Purpose - Red Ale
6.25% ABV, 36 IBU

Rail King - Pale Ale
5.90% ABV,  40 IBU

Piano Flow - Pale Ale
6.00% ABV, 42 IBU

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

Dark Nome - Black IPA
6.00% ABV, 60 IBU

Turning Tricks - IPA
6.50% ABV, 69 IBU

Ten Letter Word - IPA
6.75% ABV,  65 IBU

Turtleneck Takedown - IPA
6.75% ABV, 75 IBU

Neck Dart - IPA
6.75% ABV, 67 IBU

The Bus Driver - IPA
6.95% ABV, 58 IBU

Money Baby - IPA
7.25% ABV, 67 IBU

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

Earth Rings - Double IPA
8.50% ABV, 77 IBU

The Eight Way - Porter
5.25% ABV, 37 IBU

Iron Ranger - Stout
5.75% ABV,  52 IBU

Scowling Caveman - Dark Ale
6.00% ABV, 35 IBU

Something New - Champagne Saison
9.00% ABV, 29 IBU

Gunslinger - Imperial Amber Ale
9.25%, 87 IBU

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

The Padre - Mexican Stout
9.00% ABV, 65 IBU

Soviet Slayer - Imperial Stout
10.00% ABV, 70 IBU

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



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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: 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 have David Bowie eyes.

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.  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.

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4787 Shoreline Drive
Spring Park, MN, 55384
United States

*Docks are closed for the season