How do you feel after having two beers? It’s not enough for most to get inebriated, but it’s enough to settle in and relax. It’s a philosophy that’s at the core of Seattle’s Two Beers Brewing Company. It all started when the brewery’s founder Joel VandenBrink had an argument with a friend. Instead of letting it get more heated, the walked down to a pub to talk it out. After having a couple of beers together, the conversation got more honest and open.
When VandenBrink decided to start making his own beer, he brought in this mindset to his brewery. It’s the feeling of bonding of beer, letting down barriers, and being open with each other. Much like Big E Ales, it’s a willingness to embrace the emotional and communal impact that makes their beers so good – well, that and the fact that they taste amazing. The company recently celebrated their 10th anniversary, which adds up to a lot of these types of conversations spurred and a lot of beers.
The entire first year of the breweries existence was dedicated to perfecting their craft. Without a license yet to begin selling, VandenBrink holed himself away in his Fremont space working on getting the recipes exactly what they need to be. A year later, he emerged with the 20:20 Blonde, which he sold a keg to a local pub in Phinney Ridge. He’d end up producing 100 barrels by the end of the year. By the end of their second year, the brewery sold 470 barrels and had to move to a larger location in SoDo. With each passing year, those numbers continued to jump up higher and higher.
As a true local brewery, VandenBrink and co. are committed to using only locally sourced ingredients for their beers whenever possible. They get their hops from the Yakima valley and even print their labels from a printer down the road from their headquarters. It’s little touches like that which make Two Beers such a special company.
At Easy Monkey, we currently keep two of Two Beers’ beers on tap (try saying that 10 times fast). There’s the sweet and mild Pilchuck Pilsner, a wonderfully refreshing beer for keeping the conversations spirited and easy going. Then there’s the SoDo Brown, a decadent American Brown Ale that features seven different grains and one type of hop. The rich notes of chocolate, toffee, and sun dried raisins make it a great brew to warm up with as the weather turns colder. Either one is great for sparking those honest conversations. Ready to find out what Two Beers is all about? Stop on into the Monkey and try one for yourself.