Beers for a Cause

Beer brewers may be consumed with their craft, but many also are well aware of what’s going on around them. Here is a look at some of their charitable initiatives. All of the beers listed are distributed in Delaware.

Pynk – Yard’s Brewing Company
Since 2013, Yards has donated a portion of the proceeds from this fruit beer to the Tyanna Foundation to help increase awareness and improve the lives of breast cancer patients.

Beer & Benevolence – Dogfish Head Brewery
The Milton, Del.-based brewery’s charitable outreach touches more than 150 nonprofits each year, including The Nature Conservancy, Habitat For Humanity and The Urban Bike Project.

Grateful Harvest Ale – Harpoon Brewery
Each year Harpoon releases this New England cranberry ale in time for Thanksgiving and donates $1 of every six-pack sold to local food banks.

Headwaters – Victory Brewing Company
A portion of all sales of this ale goes to preserving the company’s water source, the Upper East Branch of the Brandywine Creek (Pa.).

Blue – Sweet Water Brewing Company
This Georgia-based company donates $1 for every case sold of this wheat beer to Casting For Recovery, which uses fly fishing as therapy for women recovering from breast cancer treatment.

Last Chance IPA – Weyerbacher
This Easton, Pa.-based brewery donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this fruity IPA to small animal rescue organizations throughout its distribution area, which includes Delaware.

Can’d Aid – Oskar Blues
The Can’d Aid Foundation was formed as an immediate response to the massive flooding that devastated Oskar Blues Brewery’s hometowns of Lyons and Longmont, Colo., in September 2013. Since then, the foundation has raised more than $3.4 million to support its philanthropy efforts, including donating more than one million cans of water to the communities post-disaster, building 1,164 bicycles, donating 346 instruments, and recycling the equivalent of 17.6 million cans throughout the country. 

Striped Bass Pale Ale – Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Inspired to help the cause while fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, the founders of this Virginia-based brewery donate $1 of every case sold to support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s mission to Save the Bay.

All Products – Maine Beer Company
Founded by two brothers and new to Delaware, MBC’s 1% For The Planet programs donates 1 percent of sales from all its products to environmental non-profits such as Allied Whale, The Dian Fossey Foundation, The Center for Wildlife, Bicycle Coalition of Maine and others.

Brewing The American Dream – Samuel Adams Brewing Company
For more than a decade, this program has partnered with small business lender Accion to offer loans up to $50,000 for emerging food and beverage companies. Sam Adams produces a commemorative 12-pack to bring attention to the initiative.

B Corp Certification – New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium doesn’t just allocate a portion of beer sales to charity, it has made giving back one of its core principals. New Belgium is one of fewer than 3,000 certified B Corporations, which means the company meets rigorous standards for social and environmental accountability established by the nonprofit B Lab. In fact, New Belgium is considered to be among the top 15 percent of B Corps in the world.

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