New brewery in Philadelphia brings a social conscience

Paul Kurtz
September 23, 2019 - 4:00 am
Triple Bottom Brewery in Spring Garden.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Another brewery has opened in Philadelphia at Ninth and Spring Garden streets, but this one's mission goes way beyond the beer. The owners have teamed up with several partners who have a deep social conscience. 

"Here, we're crafting great beer but we're also crafting opportunities for folks who may otherwise be excluded from them," explained Tess Hart, who opened Triple Bottom Brewery with her husband, Bill Popwell with a triple bottom line mentality, which, in this case, is beer, people and planet. 

They've partnered with Project Home, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, and Mural Arts in an effort to find employees who really need a new lease on life.    

"Some of them may have experience in the justice system, some of them may have experienced homelessness," Hart said. 

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Dasha Clark-Nedd, a Project Home resident, was hired by Triple Bottom in July.

From left: Bethany Stewart of Project Home, Dasha Clark-Nedd and Tess Hart
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"We get paid more than a decent salary," the 23-year-old said. "More than we would've been paid anywhere else, like fast-food or places that are just low wage." 

She says having a job and a place to live has allowed her to dream big.

"Right now, I work part time. But I love it. It makes me just want to continue to work here as long as I can. Maybe this could turn into a career if I let it," she added. 

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CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, Dasha Clark-Nedd's name was misspelled.