How did your company start, what has it accomplished, and where is it heading?
We started Jailbreak Brewing Company in 2013 and opened our doors in April of 2014. We were office drones who wanted to pursue a passion and give others an “escape” from whatever drama is present in their lives.
Our entire team is an amazing collection of professionals who are so good at what they do. This has shown itself in our Great American Beer Festival gold medal for our “Van Dammit” beer as well as our steady growth over our three years of operation.
By the end of 2017, we should also have an in-house kitchen providing top-notch food for our taproom guests. This is our way of providing an elevated experience for anyone who visits our Laurel “mothership.” We’re also continuing to expand our production capacity and hope to finally be able to fulfill market demand in 2018.
Why was it important for your beer to be kosher, and what are your most popular kosher beers?
From our company’s inception, we have tried to make the best beer we can. As part of this, we only use natural ingredients in our beer — so there’s no flavorings or extracts, only malted barley, hops, yeast, water, and occasionally fresh produce or fruit. The kosher certification from Star-K is one way that we can show this adherence to quality and process. It also allows us to be more inclusive of our customers who look for kosher-certified products as well as those who have dietary restrictions. The Star-K symbol, for instance, shows a consumer that the beer has no dairy in it. Products with the Star-D clearly do contain dairy. This level of transparency is important to us and to our customers.
Where can customers pick up Jail Break?
Jailbreak beers are available throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. You can find us at stores and restaurants throughout that area, and there is a “Beer Finder” on our website: www.jailbreakbrewing.com.
Besides purchasing your beers from stores, how else can our readership get involved with JailBreak Brewing?
While we certainly appreciate the support by buying our beer from our retail partners, we’re also very actively involved in the local community and need help with that. We sponsor or host many charity events to help local causes as much as we can. Some upcoming examples are the Main Street Music Festival in Ellicott City in September and CarnEVIL, which is a haunted carnival in Merriweather Woods Park in Columbia in October that benefits Disaster Prep DC, a local nonprofit that provides assistance to emergency responders.
By: Kasey Turner, founder and COO