In 2015, Jesse Held and Jeff Erkkila founded Earl Giles Bottling Company LLC that focused on non-alcoholic cocktail syrups, cordials, elixirs and ginger beer. Named after each co-founder, Earl is Jesse’s middle name and Giles (pronounced j-iles) is Jeff’s middle name. The company was started to supply other bars with flavoring agents for their respective bar programs. Running the business in a small apartment above Borough restaurant, they quickly realized there was potential to do more. After scraping together some funding in 2019 to make their first run of ginger beer and bringing it to market shelves, they sold out in 2 months. From there, Earl Giles consulting kicked into action working most recently with Graze Provisions & Libations, Thr3 Jack and Brickhouse.
The Earl Giles brand continues to expand with the Earl Giles Distillery that will include a restaurant, distillery, cocktail lounge, and private event space.