In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene’s devastating effect on the state of Vermont, and Vermont being declared in a state of emergency, we have decided to donate to two organizations who are helping our neighbors most affected.

  • Our friends at the Vermont Foodbank are using 100% of funds donated to get water and food to those affected. Please visit www.vtfoodbank.org to see how you can help, or text FOODNOW to 52000 to make $10 donation to the Foodbank. Your $10 equals $60 worth of food they can give to their neighbors in need.
  • Secondly, the Vermont Red Cross is on the ground and organizing relief efforts. Please help by donating blood at one of their drives or making a monetary donation to http://www.redcrossvtnhuv.org.

We will match your donation to these two very important organizations, up to $2,500 ($1,250 to each organization).

Route 107 in Vermont after Irene. More about this picture in the story below.

We are happy to report that Irene did no harm to Harpoon’s breweries in Boston and Windsor, though many of our colleagues in Windsor have been impacted by the storm. Perhaps the worst-impacted was our Head Brewer of our Windsor brewery Scott Shirley. Scott shared this picture of a flooded Route 107, outside his home, which used to be his commute to and from the brewery every day. Scott and his family are stranded but are in high spirits, helped a bit by the news that our Windsor brewery did not suffer any damage. After Scott was jokingly asked him if he had enough Harpoon IPA to get him through, he said “I have a pretty good store of beer. It has been a good week to break into some of my 100 Barrel bottles I’ve been aging in my cellar.” Way to go, Scott! We look forward to having you back on the brewing floor soon.

We here at Harpoon hope you and yours are faring just as well. Please stay tuned for other ways we plan to help our friend and neighbors.

Cheers,
Harpoon Helps

[Editor’s Note – 10/7/11] Check out this article on craftbeer.com about how Irene has affected Vermont’s Alchemist Pub and Brewery and how Harpoon is helping out its storm-ravaged neighbor.

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