Aldan Entrepreneur Keeps Growing Her French Toast Empire With Ale and Coffee


The 39-year-old Aldan woman who turned a French Toast snack into a business success continues to expand her brand, writes Michael Klein for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Charisse McGill sold French Toast Bites at Lokal Artisan Foods stands at area festivals.  She operates permanent stands at Cherry Street Pier and Spruce Street Harbor Park in Philadelphia.

Now she’s partnering with major brewer Yards Brewing Co. to put her sugar-and-spice flavored French Toast Bites ale on store shelves.

An initial run of the beer from Doylestown Brewing Co. in December 2020 sold out in a week.  Doylestown doesn’t currently have the production capacity to meet demand.

McGill, one of the few Black women in the brewery industry, said she was growing anxious not having the new product available to customers.

Enter Yards Brewing.

“When we met Charisse, we were drawn to her spirit and positive energy,” said Yards CEO Trevor Prichett.

You can find the ale at Yards’ taproom and shop, and in grocery stores, bottle shops, bars and restaurants in Eastern Pennsylvania, south Jersey and Delaware. It’s also available through the delivery service goPuff.

McGill has also developed French Toast Bites coffee.

Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about Charisse McGill.

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