about twin lights
Twin Lights started off how probably 99% of other breweries started: as homebrewers. Mike and Will, the founders of Twin Lights Brewing, have been friends since the 6th grade. They remained friends through the years, and in February of 2016 they both decided to start home brewing together.
They had so much fun on the first three batches that they decided to invest some money into more advanced home brewing equipment, and one day pursue a career out of it. Twin Lights was legally founded in 2016, although it would be many more years until they opened their doors to the public.
During that time, they homebrewed constantly and educated themselves on the science and the business behind brewing beer professionally. Mike worked at Kane Brewing as well as Torch and Crown Brewing Co, while Will pursued a career as a financial advisor with Guardian Life Insurance Company, as well as bartended and managed at numerous restaurants. During this time period they perfected their recipes, including the Double Vision IPA and the Mother Funkie Cucumber Sea Salt Wheat Beer.
In Fall of 2018 they both decided that they were ready to seriously consider opening the brewery. They worked on a business plan for months, with the goal of raising money to open a brewpub in Highlands, NJ. The business plan, all 130 pages of it, was ready to pitch to banks and investors in January of 2019. Sadly, after meeting with numerous financial institutions and individual investors, they were unable to acquire enough capital or find a suitable location to open a brewpub in Highlands.
Mike and Twin Light's 1st batch
So they pivoted, and decided that they would take what money they had or could get and open up as a gypsy brewery instead. A gypsy is typically someone who travels from place to place, a nomad without a home. They are similar yet different to these gypsies of old. Twin Lights does not have its own brew system; rather they travel to other breweries and brew their beer with them. They also do not have their own tasting room; rather they rely on partner liquor stores, bars, and restaurants to help spread the good beer and cheer.