Two Ton Brewing Co. creates well-crafted beer for craft beer drinkers. Not concerned with trends, the family-owned brewing company focuses on taste alone. Honoring the process and the recipes with their full attention, they consider themselves a growing brotherhood of craftsmen who respect and acknowledge the history of their discipline.
Two Ton Brewing is a family business in every sense of the word. Our CFO is Dr. Mario C. Barbiere, affectionately known as Doc to practically everyone except his grandkids. Our CEO is Matthew Barbiere, the youngest of Doc's four sons. Our President and Head Brewer is Jim Barbiere, the eldest of the four boys. Our first business meetings took place around the kitchen table - and sometimes they still do. Along the way, we've gotten considerable help from all branches of our family tree: business expertise, design ideas, field research, woodworking/construction and so much more.
Jim brewed his first batch of beer on the common-area stove of his college dorm. It was an absolute disaster and, mercifully, a one-off experiment. But, years later, he again warmed to the idea of home-brewing with a more thorough, attentive approach to the brewing process. When the kettles started to outgrow the kitchen stove, brewing operations moved to the garage and quickly grew in scale. As his results improved, Matt started to see the potential for taking the hobby to a commercial scale and convinced Jim to get on board with the idea.
In September of 2015, Two Ton recorded its first sales. We kicked things off with the inaugural Hammer & Ale Imperial IPA, a recipe Jim brewed more than 25 times in a row until he felt it was ready for mass consumption. Brewed with "a ton of hops and a ton of grain," Hammer & Ale was a nod to the Two Ton name itself.
In the years since that first commercial batch, we've been proud to bring many more fresh and innovative brews to market. And we've collaborated with a half dozen breweries around the state to make things fun and interesting. We've travelled all over the state for festivals, tap takeovers and more. At every event, we've had to answer the inevitable questions: when can we visit you and where are you located?
We're pleased to be putting down roots in Kenilworth, NJ. We are moving through plans to open our tasting room in our new facility. We have a tentative opening date in mind, but will share details on that with you as the actual date approaches.
In the meantime, although you will not see us out and about in the Jersey beer scene for a few more weeks, please know that we are very busy getting ready to open our doors and bring you some exciting, fresh, new flavors. Stay in touch with Two Ton over Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for updates as they're available. Visit our website, which we hope to keep current and updated on the regular. And very soon, we'll expect to see you in person at our new, long-term location.