Thank you Harpoon Helps Volunteers!

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Happy National Volunteer Week! We appreciate your volunteer efforts throughout the entire year, but from April 6th – 12th we are celebrating National Volunteer Week by raising our glass to all of you who have volunteered with our charitable arm, Harpoon Helps. Between all of the events we produced in 2013, our customers who volunteer with us, who we call Harpoon Helpers, contributed over 6,000 volunteer hours! Harpoon Helps contributed over $900,000 in 2013 to various charities, and we simply couldn’t do it without you. THANK YOU for donating blood at our blood drives, decorating a homeless shelter for the holidays, sorting food at your local food bank, doing a beach clean-up… for ALL of your efforts in giving back to your community.

Want to get in on the fun? We are looking for volunteers for two upcoming events: The Harpoon 5-Miler to benefit The Angel Fund and ALS research and the Harpoon Point to Point presenting by National Life Group to benefit The Vermont Foodbank. The 5-Miler has openings at bag check, water stop, in food prep and along the course as a marshal. For the Point to Point, consider riding and fundraising for the food bank! Not a cyclist? We are still looking for help at various stops along the course. To learn more about Harpoon Helps and to see our upcoming event schedule, head to, and remember that every volunteer opportunity ends with a beer!

From all of us here at the brewery, cheers to our Harpoon Helpers! Thanks again for your continued support of Harpoon Helps.

Oh, what a year it has been for Harpoon Helps!

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January has become a favorite month for the Harpoon Helps team. It’s a great time to reflect on the past year’s events, and get working on those to come! Recently a few of us sat down over a beer and reminisced, and we wanted to share with you some fun facts and memories from 2013!

1) We took a swim in Boston Harbor… in 33° water.  Nearly 300 volunteers showed their love for the beach and clean water by plunging in Boston Harbor in March as part of the 3rd annual Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash. Overall, participants raised $33,085 for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay!

2) For three nights in our Boston Beer Hall, brewers turned into waiters, our CEO played bartender, and our sales and marketing teams bussed tables. It was all hands on deck for our three Brewed for Boston nights in April when Harpoon employees donated their time. We donated 100% sales from all pints and pretzels sold that night, and all told raised $36,675 for The One Fund and victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

3) A Harpoon IPA went for a run (along with 3799 friends)! 3800 runners took to the streets of South Boston to run the Harpoon 5-Miler. Runners fundraised $158,545 for the Angel Fund and ALS research.

4) We bowled with kegs! As participants of Harpoonfest and Octoberfest all know, we have a little game we like to call keg bowling. We donated all funds raised (as well as tips and coat check funds) to various charities in 2013, totaling $10,906!

5) Cyclists took to the road to end hunger in Vermont! Riders chose between three distances (115,50 and 25 miles) to ride and all finished at the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT. Fundraisers raised $134,483 for the Vermont Foodbank!

6) We ran wearing lederhosen and dirndls. Over 1000 runners took to the pavement for the Harpoon Octoberfest Race, raising $28,200 for the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center!

7) We rolled out the barrels. Each month, we donated auction items as well as many barrels of beer to be served at fundraising events around New England.

8) A couple Harpooners took a dip in a cranberry bog. Communications Manager, Merrill, along with brewer Steve visiting AD Makepeace, harvester of the cranberries used in our Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale. Harpoon donated $1 per 6-pack sold of our Grateful Harvest to the local food bank where it was purchased to help end hunger in our communities. The donations totaled $47,178!

9) Our brewers finally had a legitimate reason to have a funky ‘stache. We joined forces with Movember to raise awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and men’s health, and raised over $7,000!

10) Harpoon Brewery is the proud owner of 50 artificial Christmas trees. Harpoon employees, along with 500 volunteers, decorated over 40 community organizations for the holidays as part of the 13th annual Harpoon Helps Spread Holiday Cheer.

With the help of friends and volunteers, Harpoon Helps supported many worthy organizations and we are proud to announce…(drumroll, please)… our charitable contributions in 2013 totaled $904,365! A big thanks to those who joined in on the fun; we would not have been able to support as many organizations as we do without your participation and support! Cheers to a great year of Harpoon Helps and to many more fun times in 2014!

Join us for a Fall Get Together!

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This Wednesday, October 23rd from 7:30-9:30pm we’ll be hosting our dear friends and South Boston neighbors from the Laboure Center for a festive Fall Get Together. Tickets are $20 and include 2 pints of Harpoon beer and snacks. There is no better way to celebrate all the wonderful ways Laboure helps our community than to come down, enjoy your favorite fall beer and hear how you can get involved!

In preparation of the event, we sat down with Judy Swanson, Development & Volunteer Coordinator of the Laboure Center and asked her about the center and the great work they do.


What is the Laboure Center and what services do you offer?

Laboure is a social service agency providing health, education and social services to over 3000 clients annually. We are a service site of Catholic Charities-serving people of all faiths that are in need. We have been part of the community since 1906.

We offer: Early Childhood services, mentoring for teens, tutoring for middle school students, counseling services, public health visits to elderly, and job training for nurse assistant /home health aide certification.

Can you tell us about your mentoring program?

Our mentoring program matches at risk youth with caring adults for a one year period. Each mentor is matched with a youth that has similar interests and each mentor agrees to meet monthly with the youth.

We are looking forward to hosting you in our Beer Hall! Can you tell us what to expect at the event?

We expect to have guests that are both young and old (currently I have about 60 preregistered) but expect most to be at the door. We hope for those that are new to interest them in volunteering or attending events at Laboure!

How do I buy tickets?

They can buy tickets ahead at or buy them at the door the evening of the event.

After your event at Harpoon, what else do you have coming up?

After our event we have Christmas House Tour and we will have save the date cards to distribute and opportunities for volunteering at that event.

Anything else you’d like to share?

What else to share??- We LOVE Harpoon!


The feeling is mutual! We hope you can join us on Wednesday to raise a pint to this great organization!

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Grateful Harvest is Here!

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We’re kicking off the season of Harpoon Helps in a delicious way! Today at our breweries we tapped the first kegs of our Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale to kick off the busiest and most impactful time for our charitable program, Harpoon Helps. Though the beer won’t be on draft elsewhere, you should start to see it in 6-packs in stores near you very soon.  For every 6-pack of Harpoon Grateful Harvest we sell, we’ll donate $1 to the local food bank in the area it was purchased. Since we first started brewing this beer a few years ago, we’ve donated more than $84,000 to food banks from the sales of this beer!
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!

I hope you can join us soon and raise a pint of Grateful Harvest to help end hunger in our communities!

Nick Coe Brews for Boston

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Back in April, we hosted three Brewed for Boston nights and the YOU Brew for Boston raffle, all to benefit the One Fund and victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Through the events and the brewing raffle, we were able to donate $36,675 to the One Fund. The lucky winner of the raffle, Nick Coe, won an opportunity to brew for a day on our 10 barrel pilot system. Nick recently joined us for a full day at Harpoon brewing his Honey Brown Ale! Read on for his experience, and check out the photos from the day.
Read on to hear from Nick!

A look back at our Harpoon Helps Summer!

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It’s been quite a summer here at the brewery; throwing festivals, running road races, brewing beer…you know, just loving beer and loving life. We do it all because, in short, we like to do it. But we also do it because it’s important for us to be a good neighbor. So as the summer comes to a close, we thought it would be a good time to reminisce on some events we’re especially proud of so far this year, and take a look forward to what’s to come.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay raised $33,085
  • Brewed for Boston nights to benefit The One Fund – $36,675
  • Coat check proceeds and tips from our festivals raised $6,906
  • Ales for ALS to benefit ALS TDI raised $1,900
  • Harpoon 5-Miler to benefit The Angel Fund raised $155,000
  • Harpoon Brewery to Brewery Ride to benefit Team Psycho Elite Development Program and the Kenary Family Brain Tumor Research Fund raised $19,937
  • Harpoon Point to Point to benefit the Vermont Foodbank raised $114,152 (so far! Fundraising was open until August 31st and is still being totaled)
  • Value of our donated beer and merchandise to fundraising events totaled $105,848

Total contributed so far this year: $473,503!

Incredible! Of course, none of this could be accomplished without you.  THANK YOU for running, riding, fundraising, and volunteering with us at these events to help give back to our community.

We have a lot in the works for the last quarter of the year, which we call the Season of Harpoon Helps. Keep reading your Harpoon Helps newsletters to learn what is coming up. Cheers to you for a fantastic first half of the year, and to many fun upcoming events. We look forward to volunteering, fundraising, and raising a pint with you soon!

Harpoon Helps – Support our Troops Supply Drive!

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 The Harpoon Road Trip Team will be hosting a Harpoon Helps Troop Supply Drive at O’Tooles in New Haven, CT on Saturday night from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

The Harpoon Road Trip team is collecting donated items that we can give to our troops currently serving overseas. Bring a donated item or two and we’ll buy your first beer as thanks for supporting this important cause! See below for a list of suggested items. For more information, please contact We hope to see you there!

Below is a list of suggested items to bring with you to the tasting: 
Snacks (nothing that will melt)
  • Beef Jerky
  • Trail Mix
  • Nuts
  • Rice meals (microwaveable)
  • Tuna packets
  • Instant Pasta
  • Homemade treats (should be put into Gladware or Tupperware and frozen)
  • Candy (no chocolate or anything else that will melt)
  • Hot sauce
  • Drink powder for bottled water
  • Crystal Light individual powder
  • Zipp Fizz
  • Emergen-C powder

Comforts from Home

  • White and black crew socks
  • gym short
  • Hanes t-shirts
  • travel pillows
  • Magazines (even if old), books (paperback)
  • DVDs: movies, TV shows, professional sports
  • Toiletries
  • Cough drops
  • Baby Wipes
  • Flossing Sticks 
  • Foot powder
  • Benedryl Cream

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