By: Merrill Allen, Harpoon Helps Published:
It’s pretty common for us Harpooners to have food on the brain. Besides thinking about beer, we are often sharing recipes, cooking with beer, and planning perfect food/beer pairings. But this time of year in particular, we try to take it a bit farther by bringing to light the issue of food insecurity and by fundraising for organizations that provide meals to our neighbors in need. Here are a couple ways you’ve helped us to try to make sure none of our neighbors go hungry this holiday season:
- For every 6-pack of Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale sold, we donate $1 to the local food bank where it was purchased. We think the only thing better than a perfectly paired holiday beer is to be able to give back while you enjoy it. Thanks to you, since we first started brewing this beer a few years ago, we’ve donated more than $132,000 to food banks! Try using our Beer Finder to find where it is available near you.
- When we asked you to help us fundraise for the Greater Boston Food Bank, you didn’t hesitate! We served our annual Harpoon Helps Grateful Harvest Dinner to a sold-out crowd at our Boston brewery on Sunday, November 9th. After a “Harpoon-style” Thanksgiving meal and a couple pints (and pretzels!), you helped us raise $8,700 for the Greater Boston Food Bank! Check out the photos from the evening.
- You grabbed your bikes and rode to fight hunger in Vermont! After this year’s Harpoon Point to Point ride, donations just kept coming in. We just recently tallied the total, and presented a check to the Vermont Foodbank for a record breaking $188,267 for Vermonters in need!
Whether you sorted food with us at a food shelf, rode the Harpoon Point to Point, or picked up a 6-pack of Grateful Harvest this season, THANK YOU for your help in fighting hunger this holiday season!
By: Julia Falk, Digital Marketing Published:
Whether you’re ready for it or not, winter, at least here in New England, has arrived. And while the warmer months have their advantages, with winter comes great beers and plenty of entertaining opportunities. Our new gingerbread-inspired beer, UFO Gingerland, epitomizes what makes this time of year so great. Brewed for the winter season, this unfiltered spiced wheat beer, brewed with cinnamon, clove, and ginger has a malty sweetness and a crisp ginger finish. As you start planning for friendsgiving and holiday parties, don’t forget the UFO Gingerland. And if you really want to be the host with the most, give these UFO Gingerland donuts a whirl.
UFO Gingerland Donuts
Makes about 12 donuts
- 2 cups cake flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 6 tbsp. dried buttermilk powder
- 4 large eggs
- 6 oz. UFO Gingerland
- 8 tbsp. melted butter and cooled
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 -3 tbsp. milk
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Melt butter and let cool. Sift all dry ingredients together into large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, melted butter and UFO Gingerland until well-blended. Grease the donut pan with a generous amount of butter or baking spray.
- Pour the liquid blend into the dry ingredients all at once, and mix until just blended. Resist the urge to over mix!
- Fill each donut form half full. Bake for 9-12 minutes (for regular size donuts). Remove pan from oven and let cool completely.
- For the cream cheese frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium bowl with an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and butter; mixing until well-combined and fluffy - roughly 2 minutes.
- Gradually add in confectioners' sugar. Once the confectioners' sugar is completely incorporated, mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Mix in vanilla and milk. If frosting appears to be too thick, slowly add in a little more milk until you reach the desired consistency.
- Frost when donuts are cooled, add sprinkles (obviously) and enjoy!