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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.

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MEET THE OWNERS

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

BEN LOSEKE

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

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 LOSEKE

PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER

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.

Jess Loseke selected as Pipeline Entrepreneur Fellow

Midwest Barrel Co.'s Co-Owner & President, Jess Loseke, joins an elite group of high-growth Midwest business leaders as a 2022 Pipeline Entrepreneur Fellow. Big things are in store for Midwest Barrel Co., and our co-owner and president, Jess Loseke, is leading the way!Last week, Jess was one of 13 Midwest...

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'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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