Larry and Jerry Rolison – Ye Olde Brothers Brewery – The Faces of Gulf Breeze and Navarre
About our Nominees
Larry and Jerry Rolison are two very intelligent men that happen to be brothers. Engineers by trade, they helped build up our wonderful communities. They have lived in the area for over 40 years. Larry spent some time in the Navy. They started out with a successful business, BGL Sources Company, their own company. The business specialized in electrical panels and did a lot of work with Holley/Navarre water.
Ye Olde Brothers Brewery started out with brewing beer. When looking at their business plan, they realized that it would be beneficial and easier to serve food as well as beer. As a result, they opened up on April Fool’s day in 2015, specializing in pizza. They made it all homemade and continue to do so today. Surprisingly, 95% of their menu is made from scratch.
In 2017, BBQ was introduced to the restaurant as well. The brothers smoke turkey, pork, brisket, wings, and poultry. They have also developed 18 types of beer, and continue to create more unique flavors consistently. Not only alcoholic beer, they also make homemade root beer as well. Ye Olde Brothers won 2nd place in last year’s wing cook-off competition. Not only do they have wonderful food and beer, they also put their electrical engineering experience to use in their business. The entire brewery is automated now as well as the smokers!
We had the treat of trying out their food, and let me tell you, it was amazing! This is a must-try restaurant.
Q & A
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career/owning your business?
Our love of beer is where it all started. We decided that it would be fun to open up a brewery and make our own new unique flavors of beer. After looking at the legalities, we realized that a brew/pub was the way to go, serving food as well as beer.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Navarre?
We came back in the 60s and helped build up Crestview. The electrical panels that you see there, we put there. We even helped out at Eglin AFB as far as electrical work goes.
Q: Who is the most interesting person/business owner you’ve met here in Gulf Breeze/Navarre? Who would you like to see nominated as a Face of Gulf Breeze/Navarre?
Mr. Robert Raez at Stripes. He’s prior military and runs a fantastic business. His employees love him too. Robert is the first person to be able to come in and make that establishment actually work. Many have come and gone, but he made it work.
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