305 Ash Street

Hard working, committed, determined

Deb Brown’s interest in homebrewing started while she was in college at Lincoln University.

“I became friends with Pam Steppelman and we began homebrewing as a hobby,” Deb says. “We both became teachers and enjoyed experimenting in the summer because it was fun and creative.” After Pam retired from teaching, she and her husband approached Deb about opening a microbrewery, and the adventure began.

Prison Brews is a brewpub located in the historic Eastside of Jefferson City and is the first brewery since Prohibition — and the only brewpub — to operate in Jefferson City. In addition to offering unique beers, Prison Brews also has a wood-fired pizza oven and outside patio with two bocce ball courts.

“I think my greatest strength is my people skills,” Deb shares. “I love talking to patrons and developing a personal relationship with them. My hope is to create an atmosphere where people feel comfortable and think of us as a fun place to bring their families and friends.”

Deb credits the brewery’s success to her employees. “The success Prison Brews enjoys is because of the great people that work there,” she says. “We are not perfect, but we work hard at giving our patrons an enjoyable experience.”