By: Victoria Kidder, UFO Brand Manager Published:
Two great things happened last week. We officially started the summer on June 20th, and we also kicked off our Squeeze the Most out of Summer tour in Windsor, Vermont on June 25th! Thirty-five people joined us at the Harpoon Riverbend Taps & Beer Garden for some beers and food before heading over to our friends at Great River Outfitters for a kayaking and canoeing adventure under the stars. We spent three hours on the river with our summer squeezes and some of our favorite UFOs, and then ended the night at a massive bonfire with some awesome food – cheese, meats, and s’mores. #nomnom
If you missed it, the good news is we’ve got two other reasons to join us this summer:
- Join us on July 23rd and 24th for the Harpoon BBQ Fest! [link to website]. You’ll indulge in some of the best beer, BBQ, and fun for two days. You bring your friends, we’ll supply the napkins.
- If a day of bike riding, beer drinking, and raising money for a great cause sounds like your ideal Saturday, then join us for the Harpoon Point to Point to benefit the Vermont Food Bank! Enjoy a 25, 50, or 100-mile bike ride at our Brewery in Windsor, VT. Or, new this year, come out for a 20-mile mountain bike ride! Prices go up on July 13th, so reserve your spot today!
We’re looking forward to squeezing the most out of summer with you over the next couple of months! And if you’re traveling this summer, check out where the tour is stopping:
July 3-4: Washington, DC
July 7-9: Raleigh, NC
July 14-16: Atlanta, GA
July 21-23: Orlando, FL
July 28-30: Austin, TX
August 4-6: Rhode Island
August 4-6: New York
By: Liz Melby, Director of Communications Published:
On August6 and 7, more than 6,500 cyclists will ride up to 192 miles in the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) with the goal of raising funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Harpoon has been pouring beers for cyclists at the start, middle, and end of the PMC since 1998. For the second year, we are releasing a beer to help raise more funds for the PMC. Named for the total mileage of the original PMC route from Sturbridge to Provincetown, Harpoon 192 is a toast to the riders, volunteers, PMC staff and all who make this incredible ride happen each year. This year’s version of Harpoon 192 is a robust, complex American Double Red Ale. For every bottle and pint of Harpoon 192 sold, Harpoon Helps will make a $1 donation to the PMC.
Many Harpooners have been involved in the PMC in varying ways over the years. We took a moment to ask some of the folks who have been behind the taps and in the saddle of the PMC what their favorite thing about the PMC is and why it holds significance to them:
Harpoon Co-Founder & CEO
5-time PMC cyclist and longtime supporter of PMC
“My favorite part of the PMC is being part of such a wonderful community of people joined together for a great cause. My second favorite part is being able to eat so much for two straight days, especially things like peanut butter and fluff sandwiches! Seriously.
The PMC holds particular significance for me because I lost two immediate family members to a relatively rare and deadly type of cancer. They both received care at DFCI and I know first-hand how important continued research is to finding cures for all cancers."?
Harpoon Director of Quality
PMC rider for 14 years
“I love the sense of community and esprit de corps among the riders, the families of DFCI, and the patients there. PMC has enabled a connection that has enriched my life and given me the opportunity to help others. On a more granular level, the people who come out to cheer the riders on the side of the road, and especially Cherry St. in Wrentham, are the best.
At first, I was riding to honor friends who lost their battles cancer; now I ride in honor of all the future people who will never have cancer.”
Director of Harpoon Helps & Sponsorships
Manages Harpoon’s partnership with the PMC
“The PMC feels like a family reunion every year and we/Harpoon are part of that family! It’s fun to see certain folks that we work with PMC weekend and catch up like we are at a family reunion. Riders thank us all weekend long for being there and serving fresh cold beer. I’ve never worked an event where everyone is just so appreciative! It’s really special.
Like many people, cancer has touched my life in many ways. My mother is a 29-year breast cancer survivor, but unfortunately, both her parents and her sister, (my grandparents and aunt), lost their battles to cancer far too young, so it’s a cause that is near and dear to my family’s heart. As I get older, I know more and more people who are stricken with cancer, some have successful battles and some not so lucky. Thank you to the PMC, the riders and volunteers for all that they do to advance research and patient care!”
Harpoon Promotions Coordinator
Setting up the bars and pouring Harpoon beer at the PMC for 7 years
“The positive energy and atmosphere is my favorite part of the PMC. The circumstances that bring these people together, at their core, are terribly sad. But everybody is happy and positive because the event is more a celebration of life than anything. The riders, the volunteers, everybody feels privileged to be there and I feel the same way too.
For my friends that are survivors, and for family members lost, I proudly volunteer a weekend for such an amazing cause.”
Harpoon 192 is available on draft at our breweries in Boston, Massachusetts and Windsor, Vermont and at several Boston area restaurants. It will be available for purchase in 22 oz. bottles at select retailers throughout the state of Massachusetts. Harpoon 192 is a limited batch beer, available while supplies last. Find Harpoon 192 using our Beer Finder! Interested in riding or volunteering for the PMC? Get the details here.