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Muskego brothers make it big with beer in just three years

Posted at 9:14 PM, Oct 16, 2019

MUSKEGO — The brewing business is on tap for success for two brothers from Muskego.

In just three years, Max and Jackson Borgardt went from making beer in their parents' garage to building a multi-million dollar facility.

Walk through Eagle Park Brewing on Milwaukee's east side and you'd think the owners already have it made.

"Right now we're actually in the process of brewing," said Jackson.

They already have a large brewery and a tap room on E. Hamilton St. at just 27 and 30 years old.

"We're constantly innovating, creating new products," said Max.

It's been a dream for the Borgardts that came from humble beginnings.

"We started brewing in a garage, recipes we made all ourselves," said Max.

Not just any garage, their parents garage. The two brothers combined the names of the cross streets outside their childhood home to launch 'Eagle Park Brewing'. Their mom remembers it well.

"We had neighbors that would walk their dogs and walk by with red cups on brew days when they could smell the beer just to see what the guys were making," she said.

From there, the Borgardts moved into their own Bay View facility, but outgrew the small quarters in less than a year.

"A year and a half ago we had one employee, our little brother who was our sales rep and delivery driver," said Jackson. "So definitely a big change in a very short period of time."

For the past year and a half, Eagle Park Brewing has been on E. Hamilton pouring beers worthy of major awards including USA Today's second best new brewery in 2019.

"We never thought we'd get to a point like that, that people across the country know we exist," said Max.

But that success comes with more change. The brothers' brewery has once again grown out of its latest facility and will come full circule by returning home to Muskego with a brand new $3 million brewery and distillary that could employ up to 80 people.

"It's definitely not work, it's pretty easy to put time in and to care about it," said Jackson. "The people that we get to work with, I mean, we just have a blast here."

Eagle Park Brewing's new facility in Muskego is set to open in early 2020. Meanwhile their brewery on E. Hamilton will also stay open.