Ye Olde Brothers Brewery serves savory smoked chicken wings

This article originally ran in Navarre Press | JULY 16-22, 2020

Ye Old Brothers Brewery recently celebrated their fifth year in business in April, and the popularity of the brewery and family-friendly restaurant continues to grow. It is located along Highway 87 in Holley, just a few minutes outside of Navarre.

Owners and brothers Jerry and Larry Rolison are system designers by trade and have been involved in the contracting business for 30 years. About six years ago they decided to start brewing their own craft beer.

“We got to thinking, we do automation and can design our own system. And then we decided why not build a brew pub and sell our beer,” Larry said. “It took on a life of its own from there.”

The brewery-restaurant is certainly thriving and offers a great selection of craft beer and food. Brewed right on-site, all 18 beers they sell on tap are their originals.

Their newest beer on tap is the fruity Strawberry Wit. They are even working on perfecting their own cider so there will be a drink for everyone’s preferred taste.

But it’s not just beer you will find at Ye Olde. Delicious wood-fired oven pizza made with top quality ingredients, including homemade sauces and dough, is one of the menu’s biggest hits.

Recently they updated their dough recipe by adding garlic and Italian seasoning to give it a nice subtle flavor.

A hot item at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery right now is their honey hot smoked chicken wings. Honey hot is just one of the seven available sauce flavors, including ghost pepper, mild, hot, honey barbecue, mild barbecue and hot barbecue. The wings are brined and smoked for two and a half hours, then fried for two and a half minutes to give them that crispy finish.

Manager Christy Skerrett started working at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery in March 2017 and has watched the brewery grow and evolve into what it is.

“We are making the brewing process as efficient as possible,” Skerrett said.

Her favorite beer currently is either the Coffee Cream Ale or the Mocha Mile Stout, which are two of their newer craft beers on tap.

Freshly smoked meat is available including ribs, pulled pork or brisket. And if you are looking for dessert after your meal, apple cobbler, blackberry cobler, homemade brownier made for two and key lime tart are among your choices.

Ye Olde is branching out into the catering realm and loves to help the community through fundraising efforts such as military appreciation causes and supporting first responders. They purchased a flat top grill to make catering and mobilizing Ye Olde Brothers easier.

Ye Old Brothers is the place to be on the weekends. Friday nights they have cornhole tournaments for anyone that would like to come play or watch, starting at 6:30 p.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday mornings with bottomless mimosas or a bloody mary pitcher. And on the last Saturday of the month, Ye Olde even has live music in the evening on their heated back deck.

Though Ye Olde is on the northern edge of Navarre, the trip up the highway is one that is well worth it because the brewery and restaurant is much more than a place to have a tasty meal or drink a great craft beer.

“It’s kind of like a destination thing,” Larry said. “You have to have ideas to get people in. Our craft beer was our first idea. The brick oven was the second. And now we have the smoker. If you give people a great experience, they will come back. And we’ve been able to do that.”

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