ABOUT TOGETHER WE'RE BITTER
Our story begins with a vision: to create a business rooted firmly in our local community. And what better way to create community than with craft beer!
We envisioned making the craft beer scene more approachable and accessible for everyone to enjoy. That also extends to our business model: as a worker-owned co-operative, business ownership becomes more accessible as well.
From academics to welders, community advocates to graphic designers, our six founding members came together over this vision. They spent every ounce of their spare time building our scrappy little
brewery from scratch: from developing the business plan, to learning how to brew on the German-made all-in-one brewhouse rescued from a storage locker, to building our bar top out of an old bowling alley - everything was DIY.
Opened in 2015, TWB focuses on maintaining a well rounded lineup of high quality, approachable beers in order to invite more people to share in what we love.
True to our original vision, we continue to focus on building strong relationships with community partners, using our resources and platforms to make our community a better place.
Today, we continue to grow to include new worker-owners who each add their own unique skills and passions to the mix.
TWB is a living, growing, and changing embodiment of how craft beer and community can support each other.
MEET OUR TEAM
PETER RECOMMENDS: ALE-X
Peter is our head brewer and a talented trombonist to boot.
ALEX RECOMMENDS: MOOSALAMOO NEIPA
Alex is our resident co-op expert.
Alex had just moved to KW when she heard about a group planning to open a co-operative craft brewery. In her words: "I weaseled my way in." Alex is one of TWB's original founding members.
"Co-ops allow those who are contributing to the business to also own it which makes it accountable, transparent, and empowering. I also love being part of the broader co-op and new economy movement, it's a hopeful and dynamic space."
In addition to currently pursuing her PhD, Alex is part of Hold the Line, a local organization that celebrates the countryside line in Waterloo Region; and a founding member of Union, a sustainable development co-operative that aims to democratize city-building through community-managed property.
"Let's do what we can to keep housing affordable and ensure local businesses are supported!"
GREG RECOMMENDS: VOLKSOMMER
Greg came on board in 2013 as a homebrewer and is one of the original worker-owners who founded TWB.
"I have always admired the craft beer industry as a pioneer industry willing to force change, and make the crazy sterile world we live in a little more colorful!"
Greg's a welder, a Phishhead, and a fan of the great outdoors.
BEN RECOMMENDS: PULLMAN PORTER
You'll often find Ben covered in sawdust in one TWB's two units, working hard building, creating, and helping our little brewery grow.
ROB RECOMMENDS: BIRDS AND BEES BLONDE ALE
Love our logo? That's all Rob, a home brewer and talented graphic designer who has been involved with TWB since its inception.
AMANDA RECOMMENDS: MAGGIE's FARM APA
A librarian in her previous life, Amanda is one of TWB's most recent worker-owners.
JAMES RECOMMENDS: BITTER HARVEST WET HOP IPA
James caught the craft beer bug while teaching in England, and the rest is history.
"So many pubs had their own house ale, specifically the cask beers, that showed me there was so much more to the world than macro lagers!"
James began home brewing and decided to pursue a career in the beer industry. He joined TWB in 2017 and became a worker-owner in 2019.
PETE RECOMMENDS: PIVOT
Pete took a course from Short Finger Brewing hosted at TWB on a lark. Now he helps brew our beer at TWB.
"This community engagement intrigued me, and I started noticing a trend of breweries being friendly and helping each other. Eventually this turned into me looking for part time work at a brewery."
After a couple of stints at other craft breweries, Pete came to TWB in 2017 and is now a worker-owner.
"At TWB your voice can be heard, and no worker is insignificant to our business. We all have our different strengths to lend to the team, and it's helped us weather tough times, and excel in the good."
When he's not at TWB, Pete runs a gaming convention and his own small company.
TIERNAN RECOMMENDS: RED FLAG IRISH RED ALE
When Tiernan's not working, you can find him in the middle of nowhere.
Tiernan joined TWB in 2019 with an interest in home brewing and a taste for 'quaffable' beer.
Tradesman by day and beertender by night, Tiernan also plays the guitar and the ukulele. Ask him to serenade you sometime.
He loves camping, hates pop (the drink, not the music), and has a cat named Stu.
DAN RECOMMENDS: WOBBLY WHEEL
Dan realized he spent a lot of his money at TWB, so figured he might as well get paid to be there.
"I had no interest in craft beer until going to TWB and having the great and knowledgeable staff help me find what I might like and teaching me about the process, then I was hooked!"
Dan likes country music, camo, and helping other people discover craft beer for the first time. He joined TWB in 2018.
ANTHONY RECOMMENDS: ALE-X
Anthony was looking for a job and the stars aligned when he joined TWB.
For Anthony, it's the idea of making beer in small batches that piqued his interest in craft beer.
In his spare time, Anthony can be found playing video games.
TWB is a certified Living Wage employer.
It is a key goal of our business to continue to grow and provide better employment for our employees, and current and future worker-owners.
As a direct result we have chosen to include labour costs in the price of our product, and to focus on regularly raising wages rather than accepting tips.
This creates predictability and stability for our staff, eliminates problematic competition for tips, and helps create a positive workspace.
Want to show your appreciation for great service? Please consider instead:
Purchasing some beer to take home! Your business helps us provide more hours and higher wages to our employees!
Donating to charities chosen by our staff! Ask your server for details.
Posting about your experience or our beer on social media and tag @twbcoop
Recommending TWB to a friend!