By: Merrill Maloney, Harpoon Helper Published:
At our Boston Beer Hall, we’ll donate $1 per pint and per growler of Grateful Harvest sold, as well as $1 per pumpkin pretzel sold, to the Greater Boston Food Bank, New England’s largest hunger relief organization. At our Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden in Windsor, VT, we’ll donate $1 per pint and $1 per growler sold of our Grateful Harvest to the Vermont Foodbank, which helps feed as many as 86,000 Vermonters each year. Come down and raise a pint with us and help your neighbors at the same time!
Getting the cranberry puree into this amber ale was no small feat. Harpoon Brewer, Steve Theoharides, led the charge in pumping the puree into our tanks. After spending so much time covered in cranberries, (it’s a messy process!) he and I were curious to see where the cranberries came from, and the folks at AD Makepeace invited us to come down to their bogs in Wareham, MA to check it out. We were given waders to wear and large rakes to help gather the cranberries for collection. It was an awesome experience to be able to see from beginning to end how the cranberries were harvested. Now, it is time to enjoy the fruits of our labor – with a pint of Grateful Harvest!
By: Adam McQueen Published:
After weeks of formulating recipes, brewing beers, tasting entries, and lobbying for votes, Harpoon employees have decided the winner of the Kettle Cup. This year’s coveted prize goes to “The Citrettes” for their Citra A** Down entry, a Pale Ale brewed with loads of fresh grapefruit and Citra hops. Ladies from various departments at the brewery (Merrill Maloney, Shannon Cudmore, Lindsay Kick, Jessie Cox, Carolyn Orth, and Liz Melby) along with Harpoon brewers (Brian Martyniak and Mike Gallagher) distanced themselves from the competition with this amazing beer, and a little help from their fierce, persuasive trash talking.
We’ll now get to work on bringing this beer to shelves in 2014 as part of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series. Stay tuned for details on a release date. And while we love the current name, “Citra A** Down”, we were made aware that it’s already been used by another (very clever!) brewer…. We’ll be tossing around new names in coming weeks and we'll let you know when one of them sticks. In the meantime, let’s raise a pint to the champs!