By: Jessie C., Promotion Manager & Jordan M., Digital Marketing Published:
How long you've been at Harpoon: Almost 12 years!
Favorite Harpoon beer: Harpoon IPA! I’m also loving the Harpoon Boston Irish Stout and The Long Thaw.
Harpoon 5 Miler, P2P or the Octoberfest Race (be honest!): Harpoon 5-Miler! (The lottery is now open!)
You’ve done a lot of different things with your time here at Harpoon, what’s one of your best memories (favorite jobs, etc.)?
We work hard here at Harpoon and though event work is very rewarding, it can be pretty stressful and draining with long hours. At the end of each event, when the last tool is packed up and the last bag of trash is thrown into the dumpster, we all slush our way to the taps and have a beer (or two), to wrap things up, and celebrate. That is when the beer tastes the best and when we tend to laugh the most, recapping the day and sharing stories. Luckily I work with some of the smartest and most hilarious people I know, so there are a lot of laughs to choose from!
Most recently though, four other Harpoon gals and I won the Kettle Cup, Harpoon’s internal homebrew competition! I don’t think I’ll ever forget the moment when I found out we won: The entire company was in Vermont, and half of us were out playing Frisbee golf in the Path of Life Garden when they announced the winning team. So, everyone came running to tell me that: WE WON! The girls were carrying the gold Kettle Cup Trophy and walking down to the field to find me, and we all ran toward each other cheering and screaming… (It was quite a dramatic scene, I’m not going to lie) But what a thrill! Stay tuned; our beer will be the next 100 Barrel Series beer out in April.
What’s your favorite part about being the Promotions Manger?
I get to work on the “Love Life” part of our tagline: Love Beer. Love Life. Harpoon. So, no two days are the same! The diversity of events that I get to produce and attend is vast and my job is to make sure that every person who attends has a great time with Harpoon. It feels good to be a part of a successful day when everything goes well and everyone leaves happy with great memories! More often than not, the event benefits a charity, so I love that we’re always giving back through Harpoon Helps. Plus, everyone loves the “beer girl.”
Harpoon sponsors a lot of road races. Why is this such an important facet of the Harpoon culture?
We believe that beer is part of a healthy, active lifestyle. Every great run (or ride, walk, baseball game, kayak, hike, fundraiser, etc) deserves a great beer! Running is a sport that anyone can do. All you need is a pair of sneakers and you can walk outside and go for a jog and likely meet someone else while you’re out there! Runners are friendly and they love beer, it’s just a fact! So, at the end of a race, when everyone (fast, slow, young and old) has accomplished their goals and feels good about themselves, then that’s cause for a celebration! And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate with friends then over a Harpoon beer.
This year you’re running the Boston Marathon. Congrats! Are you planning to partake in any of The Harpoon sponsored races before or after the marathon?
Thanks! My training schedule at this point involves a lot of longer distances so it’s hard to make smaller races fit in, but I hope to run the Ras na Heireann 5k in Davis Square on March 16th (if I’m not holding a Mile Marker sign instead!), and I’ll likely run the Newport 10-Miler on April 27th and I’m looking forward to getting muddy with some obstacles at the Superhero Scramble in Amesbury on June 7th!
Harpoon Point to Point registration is now open; what are you looking forward to this year?
This year’s event has changed formats so that all rides are loops that start and finish at the brewery in Windsor, VT. I’m really excited that logistics will be a bit easier now, not only on our team, but on the riders too! Now that we’ll be able to focus on managing one site at Harpoon all day (instead of multiple sites across the state), we’ll be able to enhance the rider experience even more with the best post ride party around! I love breaking records, so I’m looking forward to having more riders than ever and surpassing our goal of raising $150,000 for the Vermont Foodbank! Register today at www.harpoonpointtopoint.com!
By: Julia Falk, Digital Marketing Published:
There are cupcakes and then there are craft beer cupcakes. It doesn't get much better than that folks. I guarantee if you bring a batch of these to your St. Patrick's Day festivities next weekend (or in line with you to Harpoon St. Patrick’s fest this weekend!), you’re going to leave a few friends richer. Remember when I said it doesn't get much better than that? These Harpoon Boston Irish Stout cupcakes are frosted with a vanilla cream cheese frosting. Oh yeah, I went there. Enjoy!
Harpoon Boston Irish Stout Cupcakes
About 20 cupcakes
10 oz Harpoon Boston Irish Stout
2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cups sour cream
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
2-3 cups confectioners’ sugar (to taste)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with 20 paper or foil liners.
Bring Harpoon Boston Irish Stout and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Add sifted cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Let cool at least 10 minutes. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in large bowl to blend. In a measuring cup, whish the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla together.
Add the stout-butter mixture to the dry ingredients, and immediately whisk just until the batter is mostly smooth (about 1 minute; small lumps are fine). Next, add the egg mixture and mix just until evenly incorporated.
Distribute batter evenly among baking cups, filling each about 2/3 full. To get out the air bubbles, slam the pan evenly and firmly downward from 2 inches above the counter. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.
For the frosting, place room temperature cream cheese and butter in a large bowl. Beat on high speed for 3-4 minutes, until mixture is light and fluffy and well blended.
Add vanilla and beat for another 30 seconds. Slowly beat in confectioners’ sugar until frosting is desired consistency and sweetness. Consider refrigerating the frosting for 20 minutes. Spread or pipe frosting onto your cupcakes, pour yourself a pint, and enjoy!
Harpoon Boston Irish Stout has a limited availability. You can check our beer finder for a bar that carries it near you.