By: Jessie Cox, Director of Harpoon Helps & Sponsorships Published:
Throughout the year, our charitable arm Harpoon Helps supports hundreds of charities through in-kind donations and events. This October, in honor of good health and all the women in our lives, Harpoon will be joining the national efforts of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Want to help us fight breast cancer this October? There are two ways awesome you can help!
On Monday, October 24th, we’ll be hosting our first annual “Harpoon Kicks Cancer” event, featuring Kick It By Eliza. Eliza will guide us through a music-driven, sweat-inducing, kickboxing-inspired fitness class in our Boston Beer Hall. Tickets sales will benefit the Ellie Fund (more info below!). Come work up a sweat and raise a pint to Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Learn more here. Tickets go on sale 9/29 and will sell out fast.
The second way you can join the cause in October is even easier: all you need to do is drink a beer! Our UFO RAZ happens to be a delicious, bright pink beer and thought: breast cancer awareness and the color pink go hand in hand- we HAVE to do something with this beer! So for the month of October, Harpoon Helps will donate $1/pint of UFO RAZ sold at our breweries in Boston, MA, and Windsor, VT, to local breast cancer charities.
At our Boston brewery, funds will go to the Ellie Fund, based in Needham, MA. They provide essential support services for breast cancer patients to ease the stresses of everyday life, allowing the focus to be on family, recovery, and healing. This is done through transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries and nutritious prepared/delivered meals free of charge to relieve a patient’s burden while in treatment.
At our Windsor brewery, funds will go to Casting for Recovery, based in Manchester, VT, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreat for residents of Vermont/New Hampshire has held annually in Stowe, VT in May, and offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature.
We are hope you can visit us at our breweries every month—but this month in particular!—drink a UFO RAZ and help us support these wonderful, local organizations.
By: Michelle Palermino, Harpoon Helps Coordinator Published:
Each spring, Boston celebrates Hubweek, a week-long creative festival that celebrates innovation and exciting civic collaboration in Boston and beyond. In 2015, in Hubweek’s spirit of collaboration, Harpoon Brewery partnered with a Newton-based water treatment company named Desalitech to brew a beer with Charles River water. Yes, you read that right: Charles River water. The project showcased three things Massachusetts can truly be proud to call her own: Desalitech’s industry-leading water purification technology, the transformation that the Charles River has undergone in recent years to rise above its former “dirty water” reputation, and, of course… Harpoon Brewery!
This year, Harpoon, Desalitech, and Hubweek are at it again—but with an exciting new twist! Five other breweries have joined Harpoon to brew their own unique versions of a beer using Desalitech-treated Charles River water this year. On Oct 1st, 2016, all six beers will be judged in the “Brew the Charles” competition, the highlight of Hubweek’s Closing Party. Which brewery will create the best beer? That’s for you and a group of local food and beverage experts to decide. Come taste for yourself and vote for the best brew! Click here to find out more, see what other breweries are involved, and to purchase a ticket.
If you can’t make it to the “Brew the Charles” event on October 1st, you’ll still have another chance to try Harpoon’s contribution. This year’s beer, a dandelion wildflower saison, will be on tap in the Harpoon Beer Hall starting on September 25th. For every pint sold in the Harpoon Beer Hall, Harpoon Helps will donate $1 to the Charles River Conservancy. So come on down to the Beer Hall, try something you’ve never tried before, and raise a pint to clean water—and to this amazing city we call home. Cheers!