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Barrel Talk

Midwest Barrel Co. has worked with newspapers, magazines, TV news stations, podcasts and others to share not only our company’s story, but also the stories behind the barrels that we receive from distilleries and wineries and then sell to customers for their next barrel-aged beverage, decor project or custom gift.



We would love to work with you to schedule an interview or collaboration with one or both of our co-founders.



Ben, or Barrel Ben, as we call him, is the barrel expert. He knows all there is to know about barrels and barrel-aging. Ben has a Ph.D. in viticulture (grape-growing) and is a research technologist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he manages a plant micropropagation laboratory. On top of that, Ben teaches for the Viticulture Enology Science & Technology Alliance (VESTA).



Jess leads many of the business operations at Midwest Barrel Co. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in leadership. If entrepreneurship or leading a fast-growing, family-owned business are what you’re interested in, then you will want to speak with her.

'The ultimate barrel broker': MWBC interviewed on WGN Radio

Midwest Barrel Co. founders and co-owners Ben and Jess Loseke had the awesome opportunity to be featured in a segment on WGN Radio in Chicago in July. With some of our top brewery partners located in and around Chicagoland, Ben and Jess jumped at the chance to share more with...

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Jess shares her entrepreneurial story and business leader mindset at Capital Cigar Lounge's YPT event

Midwest Barrel Co. had a killer year in 2020, as in our best year ever. A lot of that is thanks to the leadership of our company’s co-owner, Jess Loseke. Jess dove into the year that was 2020 and many other topics during her talk at Capital Cigar Lounge’s YPT...

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Midwest Barrel Co. featured in story about barrel brokers’ role in craft brewing, distilling industries

Ever wonder how barrel brokers fit into the craft beer and distilled spirits industries? Well, Spirited wrote an article that answers that question – and it features our very own barrel slinger, Midwest Barrel Co. Co-Owner Ben Loseke, or Barrel Ben, as we fondly call him. From the article: “When...

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Ben joins Nebraska Beer:30 podcast to talk about how Midwest Barrel Co. began and how the business has grown

Just a couple of guys talking barrels, beer and barrel-aged beer (obviously). That’s the gist behind an episode of the Nebraska Beer:30 podcast featuring Midwest Barrel Co. Co-Owner Ben Loseke. Barrel Ben shares the story of our company’s humble beginnings as his hobby and how we became a leading barrel...

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