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in 2012 by four friends who dreamed for years of starting a craft brewery. We foster a “road less traveled” philosophy in the beers we make and how we make them. In that spirit, Phil Markowski, our award-winning Brewmaster and 27 year craft beer veteran has created an extensive lineup that takes a unique twist on classic beer styles. Two Roads was named one of the ten best breweries in America by Paste Magazine and has won many awards including gold for Belgian Lambic style Ale in 2016 at the Great American Beer Festival.
Two Roads isn’t just the logo on our brewery building, it’s our philosophy. Life always seems to offer up two ways to go. It just so happens, we prefer the one less taken and having some fun along the way – in our lives, our careers and especially for our beers! Today, our “road less traveled” philosophy is being brought to life in everything we do!
Brad’s own road in life took a detour on the road less traveled when after getting a college degree, he immediately decided that working on an offshore drilling ship in Southeast Asia would be a better way to launch into life. He later got his MBA degree at Kellogg and then spent time in the corporate world at Johnson & Johnson and Unilever— but he quickly learned that beer was a lot more fun and interesting. Brad’s career in beer most recently included being the Chief Marketing Officer at the Pabst Brewing Company until 2010, where he lead the success of brands like PBR, Lone Star and Primo, among others. Prior to that, he worked on marketing for Rolling Rock. If ever there was somebody with beer in his veins, it’s Brad. And of course we don’t mean that literally!
Master Brewer Phil Markowski comes from an engineering background. After dabbling in home brewing and winning a few competitions back in the 1980’s Phil made the bright decision to go into the craft beer world as a career. A long career at various breweries has led to dozens of medals from the GABF and WBC, along with many other medals at regional and international competitions. Phil also wrote the book on Farmhouse Ales, literally, and is thrilled to be in his dream job: working with friends to create a brewery from scratch with state-of-the-art equipment.
After starting his career working as an engineer in the F18 radar lab at McDonnell Douglas, Clem quickly took a left turn and got on a more fulfilling road that led to a career in beer (and happiness). In addition to having a brewing degree from the Siebel Institute of Technology, Clem’s beer experience includes marketing at Labatt USA on the Rolling Rock and Labatt brands where he developed a line of craft beers. He also headed marketing and sales at New England Brewing Company, worked as a Marketing Director at E. & J. Gallo Winery, and was a consultant to Pabst Brewing Company on their new craft portfolio introductions.
Peter spent the last nine years as CFO and Project Financial Manager at a large regional shipyard in Connecticut. While there he coordinated the construction of a 280-foot motor-yacht, the largest luxury yacht ever built in America. Ironically, early in his career, Peter took the road less traveled, working his way up the ladder to foreman on an offshore drilling ship in Angola. How that translated into an MBA is worth ponder, but Peter did go and get one from Harvard which he now uses to win games of “Liar’s Poker” and calculate cost per mile in his 2004 Ford Explorer. He makes sure the other three guys don’t give away too much beer to friends.