By: Michelle Palermino, Harpoon Helps Coordinator Published:
As you may or may not know, the fight against ALS is a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts here at Harpoon. This past Sunday, we welcomed over 4,500 runners, volunteers, and supporters to our Boston brewery for our 15th Annual Harpoon 5-Miler to benefit The Angel Fund. We’ve raised $215,500 (and counting!) so far this year for ALS research. It was a truly amazing day for an important cause.
While the 5-Miler is over, our fight against ALS isn’t. On the heels of such a powerful weekend, we have another opportunity this month to combat ALS. And you, my friends, have the opportunity to help us do it—all you need to do is come visit us and drink a beer!
Each year, a national effort called Ales for ALS creates a special hop blend and sends it to over a hundred participating breweries across America. Each brewery creates a beer of their choice using that hop blend and donates a portion of the proceeds to Ales for ALS, which benefits the ALS Therapy Development Institute. It’s an awesome partnership, and Harpoon Brewery is thrilled to be a part of it again this year.
As the coordinator of “Harpoon Helps,” Harpoon’s philanthropic arm, I got the chance to brew our Ales for ALS contribution this year alongside two members of our brilliant production team, John Stringi and Steve Aldefer. While we were brewing, it was awesome to think about the dozens of other breweries across the country that are doing the same thing this month (maybe even that same day!) for the same important cause. Since this partnership is all about the hops, we decided to brew a beer that would let those slightly earthy, spicy hops speak for themselves. And we believe that this American Pale Ale accomplishes just that. I got a chance to try it already, and it’s delicious. Yes, I’m biased-- but it really is!
Cheers to everyone who plans on stopping by our visitors centers in the coming weeks to try our “Ales for ALS” brew. Cheers to all of our runners, volunteers, and supporters at the 5Miler on Sunday, and cheers to everyone who has helped us battle ALS over the years. One of these days, we’re going to be toasting the end of ALS. Let’s keep working together (and drinking great beer together) to make sure that day comes sooner rather than later. I think we can all raise a glass to that.
To learn more about all of the charitable efforts of Harpoon Helps, Harpoon Brewery’s philanthropic arm, visit www.harpoonhelps.com.
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Nothing beats a few cold ones after a summer activity or workout. Whether it’s hiking with friends, beach volleyball, or running, we’ve got a beer to quench your post-workout thirst.
Clocking in at 4.3% ABV, Take 5 is a top choice for weekday post-workout fun. You can enjoy a couple with friends without any major repercussions the next morning. Win-win.
Pairs well with: Post-work fun runs, jazzercising
Camp Wannamango, is a post/ activity beer no brainer. It’s thirst quenching and crisp which keeps you coming back for more of that mango-goodness.
Photo cred: @gearinstitute
Pairs well with: Swimming, canoeing, surfing
3. Harpoon IPA
We’re focusing this blog on post-workout beers but let’s be honest, some activities are best with a beer in hand. Cue: Harpoon IPA. It’s the perfect choice for those mild activities where sitting and soaking up the scenery is the top priority.
Photo cred: @exploreuntilyoudie
Pairs well with: hiking, golfing
4. UFO White
Brewed with orange peel and coriander, UFO White is the perfect post-activity beer when you’re looking for something a little different. It will bring you back to the good old days when mom packed you sliced oranges for half-time…except it’s beer, so it’s way better than that.
Pairs well with: Stand-up paddle boarding, white-water rafting, surfing, long romantic walks on the beach
Sweet with a hint of tartness, UFO Big Squeeze Shandy was basically made for any and all beach related activity. Do yourself a solid and have Big Squeeze Shandy handy to celebrate that rec league victory you just clenched.
Pairs well with: Beach volleyball and spike ball, kayaking
You know that feeling where you know you should workout but your couch sounds better so you decide to walk home from work instead of take the bus and call it a day? Sweet Spot is kind of like that. Not too hoppy and malty, but full of flavor…just right. Perfect for those days where you’re something is better than nothing.
Pairs well with: softball/baseball, speed walking, kickball