James Birnie

James Birnie

Head Brewer

About James Birnie

Our Head Brewer, James, brings the perfect combination of education and experience to lead the creation of Excelsior Brews. Following his Food Science and Technology degree from Oregon State, James spent five years honing his craft at Summit Brewing Company before joining Excelsior Brewing Company. With the perfect balance of art and science, you never know what fun might be on tap at EBC.


Married: Amanda

Kids: Audrey & Julian

Pet: Leelou - Yellow Lab

Hobbies: Hockey, golf, skiing, outdoor activities, cooking, gardening, diy projects

Fun Facts: Recently got sucked down the bonsai rabbit hole.

Band most listened to: History podcasts / Frozen soundtrack

Most Proud of: My beautiful family

James's Favorites:

Beer: Too many good styles to choose just one.

TV Show: The Wire

Music Venue: First Ave

Book: Terminator 2

Meal: Fried Chicken