From the Bottom, Up: June 5, 2019

I’m trying to find a metaphor to describe the energy and exhaustion and willpower and teamwork that define these last few weeks for us. It feels like a relay, maybe, except we’re all carrying a whole bunch of batons and people from the crowd are handing us more, and also helping us carry some of them, and we’re out of breath, and laughing at how mad this is, and everything is happening all the time. It’s mostly great, but we could all use a three-day nap.

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From the Bottom, Up: February 21, 2019

Triple Bottom is about being home. It’s a promise that we’ll do our best to help you feel welcome with us, no matter where your real home is. It’s the comfort that you can count on us to always have your favorite beer in the fridge (well, on tap). And it’s an aspiration that we hope to be a community center, just as our community has been central to who we are and how we’re building Triple Bottom.

Our new logo holds all of these ideas in its simple lines. It’s a celebration of Philadelphia — from the skyline of Center City to the row houses of West Poplar and Passyunk, Fishtown and Fairmount, Kensington and Point Breeze.

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From the Bottom, Up: January 30, 2019

Last week was a heck of a week. At the end of it, our brewing system was sitting safely in our brewery, getting comfortable and staying out of the way as we continue to do other work in the space. It is SO beautiful. We keep touching the tanks gently as we walk past them, as if it’s hard for us to believe that they are really ours. That, before too long, they’ll be filled with delicious beer.

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From the Bottom, Up: December 17, 2018

Our new brewing system is arriving in the next month or so, so our brew day last weekend was also our last hurrah on our pilot system. Now it’s all hands on deck to get our space ready to receive our new tanks. But we didn’t want to move on to our bigger, better brewing system without honoring the time we’ve spent with our pilot system. It’s the system that got us started.

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Find Your Fire.

My fire is the belief that when people care about each other, with open eyes and open hearts, our world is better.

Triple Bottom is the result of my fire, and Bill’s fire, and Kyle’s fire. It’s a place where people can take care of each other, in small and big ways: a delicious beer, a joyful moment, the dignity of a meaningful job. It’s a place that celebrates all that Philly is: a city of believers, advocates, fighters, survivors, caregivers, creatives, explorers, learners, and leaders. We all have fire in us. So if, like me, you have been feeling pretty rough these last few weeks, I hope you find your fire. Take care of yourself, and each other. Do something great. Do something good. We’re here, cheering you on.

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From the Bottom, Up: August 28, 2018

Have you ever wired nearly $100k to someone in another country and hoped for the best? If you have, odds are you’ve also started a brewery. If not, I envy you the sleep you haven’t lost over the last few days. Evidently, it can take almost a week for the wire to go through, so I’ve basically been holding my breath for days, hoping that I didn’t read any account numbers wrong.

All this stress means something big has happened: we just ordered our brewing equipment!

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From the Bottom, Up: July 24, 2018

Last weekend, we poured beers at 915 Spring Garden for the first time, and it was amazing to see our home come alive. We got the chance to share our space and our plans with a handful of supporters who have been with us since day one. With caution tape all around us, and new holes in the floors and walls (yay for progress!), we poured a tripel, stout, and Kyle’s newest IPA, snacked on our favorite pizza, and imagined what Triple Bottom Brewing Company is going to look and feel like when we open our doors. Spoiler: it’s going to be really great. Even with wires popping out of the walls in strange places and giant pieces of construction equipment tucked here and there, this already feels like a place we want to hang out in with you.

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From the Bottom, Up: June 25, 2018

These last few weeks have been really exciting for Triple Bottom, and we’ve been trying to figure out the best way to share some of our excitement with you. A lot of the momentum that’s building isn’t something we can polish up and put in an eye-catching social media image. It’s not always even directly related to beer, because Triple Bottom is so much bigger than beer.

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Spotlight on Green City Works

It was one of those weeks where I was on hold with the IRS for multiple hours, working through various permit and license applications, and spending a lot of time talking to our lenders (who are wonderful, but let’s be honest, not where I turn when I need inspiration). My conversation with Brian and Alissa of Green City Works was a much-needed reminder to keep our eyes ahead, because at the other side of all this is the opportunity to make a beautiful product and also make a difference in people’s lives—just like Green City Works does.

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2018 Craft Brewers Conference: 14,000 Beer People in One Place

That’s right. 14,000 beer people. In one place.

Two years ago, the Craft Brewers Conference was an incredibly daunting event, despite it being on our home turf in Philadelphia. At CBC Philly, Billy and I were new to this commitment that we were going to build Triple Bottom. We felt like we had everything to learn, and nothing to offer. We looked around us at teams coming into town from some of our favorite breweries, and felt a serious case of imposter syndrome.

Returning to CBC two years later, we realized how much has changed.

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