Best Comeback

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This past April’s deluge (the same that led to the 26th Street collapse) left Nepenthe Homebrew’s store—barely open more than a year—soaking in over five feet of muddy river water. With the interior completely destroyed, the entire inventory lost, and federal flood insurance not even coming close to covering the loss, there was little owners Brian Arnold and Jill Antos could do but start over. With the help of the local community — which saw over 50 people from the Baltimore homebrewing community gather to clean up the mess, local businesses donating food, drink, and volunteers to the cause, a campaign that garnered over $10k in donations within two days, and endless hours of rebuilding — Nepenthe was up and running good as new after only six weeks. An astonishing feat that, we’d like to think, could only happen in a place like Bmore.

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