Big things are brewing at Timotheus Brothers Brewery. Scott and Jay Timm operate this up and coming microbrewery. The duo has been brewing as a team for over eight years – starting individually at first, then coming together to create a variety of suds with colorful names such as Veteran Brat, Arm Breaker, Scotty O’Jays, and their fall seasonal Timtōberfest, which is set to hit shelves this month.
Hailing from Sherman, Scott, 54, and Jay, 50, based their brewing operations in Springfield. Establishing their business in the capital city allowed them to give back to the community they love, by watching their dollars flow back into the local economy. But starting their own brewery proved to be no small task and the pair ran into many of the same hiccups experienced by microbrewers before them. Curveballs, like licensing and securing commercial property space, proved to be challenging, but they put in the hard work and dedication required to succeed and watched as their small operation blossomed.
Growth and success have allowed Timōtheus Brothers Brewery to expand further leading to the recent addition of a three-barrel all electric system with a glycol chiller. With this chiller, the brewers are now able to manipulate the temperature of their fermenting beers, giving them better control over their final product. This larger system will also yield higher volumes – meaning an increase in quality and batch size; a welcome blessing for beer drinkers everywhere.
Timōtheus Brothers Brewery is currently retailing 22 oz. bottles at Bunn Gourmet, County Market, Friar Tuck, HyVee, and West of Wise Winery with tap service available at Boones Saloon, HyVee/Market Grill, Westwood’s Lodge and Arlington’s in Springfield, Fire and Ale in Sherman, Danenberger Family Vineyards in New Berlin, Spirited Republic in Lincoln and Sheedy Shores Winery in Loami. Their beer is also available at Friar Tuck and Hyvee in Bloomington and Darlings Dine and Draft in Peoria Heights.
The brothers hope to open a tasting room shortly, which will offer free tastings with bottles, growlers, and kegs to go – a departure from typical bar type tasting rooms. We can’t wait to see what other surprises they have to offer.