About

From left, Travis Tuttle (co-owner), Nina Pagley (general manager), Christian Simmons (co-owner).

EST

2022

Our Story

Bona Fide was started as an ode to friendship and enjoying a good beer in good company.  Founders and 50/50 partners, Christian Simmons and Travis Tuttle, are industry veterans who have seen it all.  In 2019, they decided to create a craft brewery that focuses on doing good business with the hopes of becoming a household staple brand.  The Latin phrase “bona fide” translates to good faith, true and honest, without deceit.  The core values, the products that are produced, and the experiences that are created, will always be bona fide.  

Christian Simmons

Christian Simmons has become a well-known innovator in Pennsylvania’s alcohol industry.  He is the co-founder of popular Latrobe, PA brewery, Four Seasons Brewing, where he first dipped his toes into the industry.  He now operates Pennsylvania Libations (C.G. Simmons, LLC), a licensed management company representing over 37 distilleries, wineries and breweries in the state of Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania Libations opened the first privately owned liquor store in the state and has added 4 more retail stores in the first 5 years of operations. Outside of retail, Pennsylvania Libations manages wholesale for the producers in the portfolio.  With warehouses in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, the company is able manage sales to bars and restaurants across the state.  Christian now employs 70 people within the Pennsylvania Libations family.  He plans to use the infrastructure that he has created to the benefit of Bona Fide Beer Company.

Travis Tuttle

Travis Tuttle started his brewing  career in 2016 as co-founder of Bulter Brew Works in Butler, PA.  Over the years, his beer has received national awards and accolades.  After brewing an array of both traditional and experimental beers, he found that his attention was drawn to delicate, easy drinking styles.  His vision for Bona Fide beer is to put forward the best example of these styles, along with modern variations that appeal to craft and macro beer fans alike. In 2021, Travis started working with Christian Simmons as the operations manager for the Pennsylvania Libations wholesale division.  He worked closely with the sales team and warehouse staff to build scalable and organized systems that will not only benefit the sales of currently distributed products, but also Bona Fide products.

Travis Tuttle started his brewing  career in 2016 as co-founder of Bulter Brew Works in Butler, PA.  Over the years, his beer has received national awards and accolades.  After brewing an array of both traditional and experimental beers, he found that his attention was drawn to delicate, easy drinking styles.  His vision for Bona Fide beer is to put forward the best example of these styles, along with modern variations that appeal to craft and macro beer fans alike. In 2021, Travis started working with Christian Simmons as the operations manager for the Pennsylvania Libations wholesale division.  He worked closely with the sales team and warehouse staff to build scalable and organized systems that will not only benefit the sales of currently distributed products, but also Bona Fide products.