At Triple Bottom Brewing in Philly’s fast-growing Spring Arts District, it’s basically women all the way down.
The newcomer brewery is owned by a woman. Its tasting room is managed by a woman. Many of the groups that hold events there are run by women, and lots of the purveyors who provide snacks to go with the housemade beers have women at the helm.
A new organization makes it even easier to recognize and celebrate their work, as well as the work of many other women in Philadelphia
At the beginning of the month, brewery cofounder and CEO Tess Hart and tasting room GM Sola Onitiri launched the Triple Bottom Womxn’s Collective, a series of salons and pop-ups featuring women-centric businesses throughout Philly.
“We chose ‘womxn’ to be inclusive of women-identifying folks across the gender spectrum,” Hart explained. The logo for the collective was designed by another woman, Yuliya Kim.
There are already dozens of items on the calendar, including a clothing and craft market, happy hours, bar crawls, wine tastings, poetry nights, fundraisers and brew days.
Many take place at Triple Bottom’s sleek space at 915 Spring Garden St. — at least three events each week during March — but there are also Womxn’s Collective events planned all over the city, from the Navy Yard to The Bourse. Most are free and open to the public.
The inspiration behind the collective, which kicked off during Women’s History Month but will continue indefinitely, was nothing more than a desire than to shine a light on Philly’s community of women leaders and creators, Hart said.
It was also a consequence of her personal experience in the world of beer.
Things have gotten less lopsided since 2014 — when a Stanford study found just 4% of American brewmasters were women — but there’s still a big imbalance. A more recent report estimated women currently make up around 20% of leaders in beer and brewing.
“In an industry dominated by men, it’s been really important for us to meet and build community with other women running businesses and organizations,” Hart said. “While the brewing industry is wonderful, it can feel lonely for the few of us women in leadership roles in it.”
With everything she has planned for the next few weeks, there’s little chance Hart will be feeling lonely.
Some upcoming Womxn’s Collective events include
- International Women’s Day Market at The Bourse (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7)
- Triple Bottom X Grant BLVD Disruptor’s Market (12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8)
- NW Argentine Flavors with Jezabel (4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 11)
- Southeast Asian Street Food with Câphé Roasters and Tita Emmies (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14)
- First Day of Spring with Lil’ Pop Shop (4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 19)
- Philly Women in Food — Benefiting James Beard Foundation (6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 23)