Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery Celebrates One Year by Lynette Carrington Two Brothers Brewing Company was founded by Jim and Jason Ebel in 1996 in Warrenville, IL. Over the past 18 years, the brand has grown to include several brewpubs, Two Brothers Coffee Roasters and now includes the Two Brothers Tap House and Brewery location in Scottsdale. With a stellar collection of beers and a tantalizing menu that speaks of hearty noshes with a hint of Southwestern flavor, Two Brothers is the perfect place for a first date, a night out with friends or just a fun space to come and discover some new beers. February 2016 marks Two Brothers one year anniversary in Scottsdale.Steve Morin is the general manager of the Scottsdale location of Two Brothers and he hails from Chicago where he worked in brewery/restaurant. “Brewing our own beer in-house at Two Brothers has been our biggest focal point this first year,” states Morin. “Moving forward, we’ll be doing more and more tappings and we’re really looking forward to it!”Two Brothers also came to the Valley with a purpose. Morin says, “Two Brothers has a conscience with everything we do, such as being green with our brewing practices and facilities, using locally sourced ingredients and sustainable or organic foods wherever we can, doing things the right way with no shortcuts by making all of our food from scratch, and supporting our local communities in different ways.”In addition to a wide array of outstanding beers, the menu is diverse and can stand on its own. From Arizona natives, to out-of-town visitors and sports fans, there is something on the menu for everyone at Two Brothers. The variety of seating in the vast Scottsdale space can accommodate a couple as easily as it can take on a group of 20 in a private, glass-walled meeting room. The menu includes a variety of appetizers (you cannot miss the outstanding beer battered cheese curds-simply the best in the Valley), fresh salads, pizzas and burgers. But this is not what you might typically think of as “bar food.” Oh, no. The Two Brothers menu goes above and beyond to delight the senses and tantalize the taste buds. Some of the specialty items include the outrageously popular waffle BLT (American cheese, Swiss cheese, bacon, tomato, arugula and pesto mayonnaise on a croissant), the stuffed poblano, fish tacos and even a create-your-own mac ‘n cheese which is whatever wild creation you’d like to make of your cheesy dish!“We use our beers in a lot of menu items,” explains Morin. “The Domaine DuPage is used in the pretzels and in the pizza dough. The Cane and Ebel is in the stone ground mustard and our cheese sauce uses the Wobble IPA. Our lemon vinaigrette is made with Sidekick Extra Pale Ale and our beer battered onion ring that goes on our frizzle dizzle burger uses our Cane and Ebel red ale.”Two Brothers also serves weekend brunch starting at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Choose a build-your-own omelet, breakfast burrito, croissant sandwich, two organic egg breakfast, Southwest frittata or a stack of hearty buttermilk pancakes. It is often fun getting to experience the happenings on Scottsdale Road and Camelback early in the day from the vantage point of Two Brothers!With its brand new state-of-the-art 10 barrel brewing system, Two Brothers offers a selection of five, ever-changing beers, plus tried and true Two Brothers year-round favorites that is brewed in Chicago and served on tap in Scottsdale. Of note, the on-site brewing system is perched high above the bar and sent down through a refrigerated system, keeping the beer ice cold until it is served.The first Two Brothers Arizona beers include Two Brothers Milk Stout, Imperial Cane & Ebel, Contiguous Tripel and Zwickelbier. Also, Two Brothers recently tapped a special beer coined by fans, “It’s a Dry Hop,” a delicious white IPA. Other beers available now include Dragon Eyes (Amber Ale) and Fording Oceans (Pale Ale). The list of beers available year-round at Two Brothers are brewed in Chicago and served on tap include: (French Country Ale)Wobble (India Pale Ale)Sidekick (Extra Pale Ale)Prairie Path (Golden Ale)Ebel’s Weiss (Weis Beer)Cane and Ebel (Red Rye Ale)Outlaw (Indian Pale Ale)The Bitter End (Pale Ale)Morin finishes, “I love the fact that we have a full line of year-round beer and we brew so much locally, plus a nice, upscale type of menu. We really stand out because we are definitely a full-service restaurant with a brewery.”February specials at Two Brothers boast a “N’Awlins” influence. Specials include gumbo as a soup of the day, chicken andandouille jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and a huge fried shrimp po’ boy! Just ask your server for the Southern-influenced selections. Also, don’t miss the lunch punch card at Two Brothers. Get your card stamped each time you enjoy lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. After 10 punches, your lunch is on Two Brothers.Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery is located at 4321 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Call (480) 378-3001 or visit www.twobrothersbrewing.com/scotstdale for additional information. From February 11-15, celebrate Valentine’s Day with your two loves – your significant other and Two Brothers beer. For only $40 a couple, enjoy a special multi-course meal paired with Two Brothers beer. It’s a sweetheart of a deal! Call the restaurant for reservations.