My name is Andrew Deussing and I’m a third year marketing major at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. I’m very happy with who I’am, where I’m at, and where I’m going with my life. When I first came to Temple, I switched around majors a few times and after a year declared a business major. At first, I was not extremely into the whole idea of a business major, it seemed intense and I couldnt wrap my finger around sitting in a cubicle my whole life listening to the man. However, as my studies progressed I’ve learned to love the major and have come to the realization that business is everywhere and everything and does not always entail sitting in a cubicle doing paperwork.
Through an SPO organization in the business school called Students for Responsible Business, I learned a lot about sustainability and became very involved in community service projects in the area. The projects aim are to turn depressed vacant lots in Philly into gardens and crop yielding farms for the community. I have been working on an urban farm for a whole year and after seeing the transition of this beat up lot in a beautiful community center got really into social entrepreneurship.
Philly’s own, Yard’s Brewing Company, began with two college wrestlers who enjoyed quality beer but lacked the money to buy it. They realized they could satisfy their desire by brewing it themselves. Tom Kehoe and Jon Bovit began experimenting through college and initially only shared their creations with friends and family. However, having grown in popularity, the two decided to start Yards Brewing Company in a garage size brewery in Manayunk. Since their roots in college, the company has grown substantially and is now an icon in Philadelphia, with an extensive line of beers, one even being rated best pale ale in the country by the New York Times.
Not only do the Yards Guys make great beer, they also do it in an ethical manner. Yards Brewing Company is Pennsylvania’s first 100% wind powered brewery, and their tasting room is constructed entirely from salvaged materials, including a bar top constructed from bowling alley lands. Installing wind turbines is an expensive investment, but it will undoubtedly pay for itself with the amount saved on energy expenses. The brewery holds tasting tours every Monday-Saturday from 12-7pm and from 12-4pm on Sundays, so if you’re in the area and want a nice beer and glimpse of how the brewery is run, you should stop by.