Craft Brewery Founder Joel Vandenbrink

About - Joel Vandenbrink

A resident of Seattle, Washington, Joel Vandenbrink founded Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing Company, serving as CEO of the two businesses for more than a decade. Two Beers, his first endeavor as an entrepreneur, began in his 600-square-foot apartment as a home brewing operation. Joel Vandenbrink steadily grew the company to become one of the city’s most beloved local breweries.

After being diagnosed with Crohn's disease, Mr. Vandenbrink began exploring the world of cider so he could still enjoy his own drinks while maintaining a gluten-reduced diet. This ultimately resulted in the creation of the Seattle Cider Company, the city’s first cidery since Prohibition. Over the next six years, the company became Washington’s largest cidery, as well as the country’s fifth-largest craft cidery. Mr. Vandenbrink later sold the company, along with Two Beers Brewing Co., to Agrial Co-op.

Much of Joel Vandenbrink’s current focus involves philanthropic work and academia. He taught two classes at Oregon State University that focused on cider startups, and he serves as a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. While running his brewing companies, he also partnered with several nonprofits, including Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Washington National Park Fund.