#11: Lake Minnetonka, Beer, & Hockey with Josh Leddy

Photo credit:  Sara Gove Photography

Photo credit: Sara Gove Photography

“I don’t think there’s anybody in the world that has jumped off of more docks on Lake Minnetonka than I have.”

If Minnesota were to crown a modern day renaissance man, Josh Leddy would be the odds on favorite.

Josh is the founder of Life’s A Beach Shoreline Services, a full service lake weed management company on Lake Minnetonka. Josh and his crew utilize good old fashion manual labor and pull the weeds by hand rather than using harmful and ineffective chemicals. He created the business in 2004 as a way to make summer money when he was home from college. A few years later the idea took off and today Josh serves roughly 350 homes on Minnesota’s most popular lake.

Also in the interview, Josh provides details on his new brewery schedule to open in May of 2017 called Back Channel Brewing Collective. Josh plans to specialize in sour beers and also use the brewery as a means to educate people about the ecosystem of Lake Minnetonka.

If that’s not enough, Josh has been running a youth hockey league for the past decade called XL Hockey League. This once-a-week, no-check league was created to give student-athletes an opportunity to continue playing hockey while focusing on another sport.

This one has it all.


Some topics mentioned and discussed:

  • Different types of milfoil and lake weed and the effect they have on Lake Minnetonka
  • Lake Minnetonka serving as ground zero for all other lakes in Minnesota
  • Composting lake weeds to the benefit of local farms and home gardens
  • His work with the Natural Resources Research Institute at the Univ. Minnesota-Duluth
  • The struggle to have his voice heard by the DNR
  • His epic cross-country brewery tour
  • The downside of specialization in youth sports

josh's favorites related to the twin cities:

Favorite Meal Under $15:

Most Fascinating Person(s) You Know:

Favorite Public Space:

Favorite Annual Event:

  • Fourth of July on Lake Minnetonka

State of the Union Message:

  • "Don't underestimate where your answers and solutions can come from."