Two Brothers Brewing Company
When brothers Jim and Jason Ebel founded Two Brothers Brewing Co. 20 years ago, they did so with the goal that their beer would bring people together, spark conversations and enhance their experiences. “Having lived in Europe, I saw beer and wine as something that brought families together,” Jim Ebel says. “I loved that people would talk, laugh and socialize over a meal while they were having a beer, and we were really interested in bringing that back to our company.”
Ebel traveled Europe while studying abroad during college, an opportunity that allowed him to really discover beer. When he returned to the United States, craft beer wasn’t what it is today – there was really nothing to speak of at the time. He began home brewing while Jason worked at a small brewery in Colorado. Then in 1996, the brothers opened Two Brothers Brewing.
The Ebel brothers started with an $80,000 Small Business Administration loan and used modified dairy equipment to start brewing. “Twenty years ago, everyone was using dairy equipment that had been modified for brewing, and that’s exactly what we did,” Ebel explains. “Our grandpa was a dairy farmer and he had retired, so we went right to the barn and stole the dairy tanks. That was a huge help to us in getting this thing off the ground.”
Today, Two Brothers Brewing specializes in craft beer, roasted coffee, spirits and restaurants. “I think we have an advantage today because of our heritage; we have a lot of history,” Ebel says. “We have been around and kind of proved ourselves in a way. We are very involved in the communities we do business in and have had a lot of awards over the years at significant events – the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup – that portray the quality that we have.”