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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.

Crystal Ball: Jess Loseke's bourbon industry prediction for 2024

Midwest Barrel Co. Co-Founder & CEO Jess Loseke shared her 2024 preduction for the bourbon industry with Louisville Business First. When you want to hear what the best in bourbon have to say about where the industry’s headed, you go to a Kentucky source. Our source? Louisville Business First. Their reporters...

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Midwest Barrel Co. CFO one of Louisville Business First’s ‘20 People to Know in Accounting & Finance’

Louisville Business First named Midwest Barrel Co. CFO Josh Hoefler to its list of "20 People to Know in Accounting/Finance". Do you know Midwest Barrel Co. CFO Josh Hoefler? Louisville Business First thinks you should! The business news publication named him to its list of 20 People to Know in...

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Louisville Business First features Midwest Barrel Co. in barrel industry cover story

Have you heard about the barrel shortage facing the industry? We’ve been talking about the shortage for a while, but more people are starting to notice. Bourbon, whiskey and especially other barrel-aged spirits – rum, tequila, gin, etc. – are more popular than just about ever. Both new and used...

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Jess selected for Leadership Louisville Class of 2024

Jess Loseke, MWBC Co-Founder & CEO, was selected to be a member of Leadership Louisville Class of 2024. A year filled with highlights and high points continues for Midwest Barrel Co. Co-Founder and CEO Jess Loseke, as she recently was selected to take part in Leadership Louisville. As a member...

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