On October 8th 1999, Todd and Scott Leopold opened a microbrewery called Leopold Bros. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The brewery and its adjoining taproom quickly became popular for its array of beers, live music, board games, and inviting atmosphere. Above all else, the brewery was well-known for its eco-brewing techniques, organic ingredients, and effective management of water and waste byproducts - the first of its kind in the region.
It was not long before the brothers acquired a distilling license in addition to a brewing license. They began making spirits to serve at the brewery starting in 2001.