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PRODUCERS

Two Brothers Brewing Co.

>> Jim (left) and Jason Ebel opened their fourth restaurant in
Naperville, Ill. The Craftsman By Two Brothers showcases
all of Two Brothers Brewing Co.'s talents in one location.

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."

A Brew and a Bite
Brewing was the only focus for Two
Brothers Brewing for the first 10 years,
despite how much the Ebels wanted to
open a brewpub when they first started.
"We quickly realized [when we started]
none of us knew about the restaurant
business and we didn't have the mon-

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ey," Ebel says. "After 10 years, we were
able to buy the building [in Warrenville] we are in now and decided we
would try a restaurant."
Located at the brewery, Two Brothers
Tap House is a casual pub featuring elevated bar food made from scratch and
all ingredients sourced within a 200-mile
radius. "We use organic ground beef for
our hamburgers and brine the brisket
for our Reuben," Ebel says. "We are a
scratch kitchen, so we make everything
but the bread, mustard and ketchup."
Eight miles from the Tap House, Two
Brothers Roundhouse opened in 2011 in
Aurora, Ill., in a historic building. "We
wanted to create a lot of distinction so
people had a reason to move around between the two," Ebel says. "We created
a lot of sharable small plates and more
entrées instead of sandwiches. I love
the small plates and think it goes back to
creating interaction and experiences in
the group. I think that's important."
In January 2015, Two Brothers Brewing opened Two Brothers Tap House
& Brewery in Scottsdale, Ariz., which
is a mix of qualities of both Illinois locations. The restaurant features more

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entrées and more closely resembles the
Tap House restaurant, Ebel notes.

Something New
Two Brothers Brewing's restaurants
have become a fairly significant part of
the business, Ebel notes, which is why in
September the company opened a fourth
location in Naperville, Ill. The Craftsman
By Two Brothers is completely different
from its previous three restaurants and
the focus is not on its craft beer.
"We have six draft lines in the whole
building," Ebel says. "We decided we
wanted to focus on food and other liquors, have a wine list that's more extensive than our other locations, and
high-end farm-to-table food."
The three-story building allowed
Two Brothers Brewing to create a distinct space on each level that shows off
everything it makes. The ground floor
features a bakery where the company
makes all its own pastries, as well as
a café. "Two Brothers Coffee Roasters
started two years ago and is growing
like crazy. The café is a great way to
show off the coffee and introduce it to
new people," Ebel adds.


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