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 www.ccab.org/events 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!

To buy tickets: www.ccab.org/events

Brewed for Boston Nights to benefit One Fund Boston

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With the events in Boston last week, we were left heartbroken. Like you, we feel helpless knowing that people of our city are suffering and just wondered what we could do to help. One week after the attack, many of us at Harpoon are still feeling that way, so we have been trying to educate ourselves on ways that we can help:

  1. Join us in the Harpoon Beer Hall for Brewed for Boston Nights. We’ll be extending our hours the next three Tuesday nights from 6 – 9pm, starting tomorrow April 23rd, and will donate 100% proceeds from beer and pretzel sales to One Fund Boston.
  2. If you are still searching for a loved one, call the Mayor’s hotline at 617-635-4500. Another good resource is Google Person Finder, found at http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/.
  3. List yourself in the Red Cross’ Safe and Well directory at http://www.redcross.org/find-help/contact-family/register-safe-listing.
  4. If you have the means, we encourage you to donate to The One Fund, the Boston chapter of the American Red Cross or area hospitals that housed the 100+ people injured.
  5. Donate blood in the next couple of weeks. Blood banks are not in need of new donations at the moment, but will be in the next few weeks as their supply dwindles after this increase in need. People can call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to give blood in the next few weeks. Also, consider joining us at the Seaport Community Blood Drive June 12th near our Boston Brewery.

We hope this inspires you to come up with a way to help our neighbors and victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy.

 

Harpoon Helps Contributes $830,000 to Charity in 2012

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I sought a job at Harpoon because I had fallen in love with Harpoon IPA.  I figured that a company that made something I loved so dearly must be a wonderful place to work.  Maybe it wasn’t the ideal job search method, but thankfully my intuition was correct (phew!).  What began for me as a deep appreciation for a company that brews my favorite beer was soon compounded by a great admiration for a company that cares passionately for their community.  For me, I’d hit the job mother lode.

HarpoonHelpsCollageFast forward a few years (give or take a decade), and I feel just as fortunate to work for a company that brews my favorite beer (still IPA) and where I not only have the option, but am encouraged to work alongside my co-workers and friends to do good things within our community.  What “things”?  Great question!

Earlier this year about 25 of us plunged into the frigid waters of Boston Harbor to help raise money for Save the Harbor Save the Bay.  Then a couple months later in May, 100 Harpooners and more than 200 beer-loving volunteers put on a road race at the brewery to raise money for the Angel Fund and ALS research.  Most recently about 60 Harpooners and close to 600 volunteers (again, beer-loving) helped decorate homeless shelters and local non-profit organizations for the holidays.  That’s just a snippet of some of the “things” you had asked about earlier, but there are many more.

All of the aforementioned events are part of Harpoon Helps, our charitable giving/volunteer program here at the brewery.  The Harpoon Helps program came to fruition in 2003.  At that point the brewery had been hosting fundraisers, volunteer outings, and donating beer for fundraising efforts as long as anyone here can remember.  But the “Harpoon Helps” name put it all under one roof and it enabled us to focus more intently on expanding our role within the community.  Titles are good like that sometimes, especially alliterative ones.

Now to get to the point of why I am writing this blog post (finally, I know!)! We are very proud, excited and a little bit dumbfounded to announce that in 2012, the Harpoon Helps program has raised more than $530,000 and contributed close to $300,000 in in-kind donations to support local charitable organizations.  That’s $830,000 total!  It’s wonderful.

And you can bet we’re going for a million in 2013.  Who’s in?  I’m in, especially if there’s an IPA in it for me somewhere.

Cheers with Grateful Harvest this Thanksgiving!

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We here at the brewery are big fans of food banks and the work they do, and have supported them in the past with in-kind product donations for events, monetary contributions, volunteerism, and special events. A couple of years ago, we came up with the idea of Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale, another way for us to support local food banks during the Thanksgiving season. We donate $1 per 6-pack of Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale sold to the local food bank where the beer was purchased. We anticipate we’ll be making a $35,000 donation this year, bringing our three year total to $85,000! This is split between 30 food banks, which each support numerous food pantries, and provide healthy, complete meals to thousands of our neighbors. To let each food bank know of our upcoming donation, we sent them each a 6-pack to enjoy, and we received a few great photos we wanted to share with you!

Our friends at the Connecticut Food Bank, where we volunteer for Harpoon Helps missions, enjoy Grateful Harvest!

Staff at the Food Bank of Western New York enjoy their Grateful Harvest!

The clever Philabundance crew cheers with Grateful Harvest!

Mark, Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, enjoys Grateful Harvest on a crisp fall day!

 

Our friends from the Capital Area Food Bank enjoy our beer in Texas!

To find Grateful Harvest in stores near you, please use our Beer Finder tool, here: www.harpoonbrewery.com/beerfinder. Grateful Harvest pairs very well with the traditional Thanksgiving meal, so share a 6-pack with your family this year, and know you are helping to support your local food bank!

 

You’re invited!

If you are in the neighborhood of a British Beer Company this evening, please join us for a pint! All 12 British Beer Company locations will be tapping a keg of Grateful Harvest at 5pm today, and proceeds from each pint will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank. Please visit http://www.britishbeer.com  for a list of locations. This is the only place you are able to enjoy Grateful Harvest on draft. We hope to see you there!

Thinking of those affected by Hurricane Sandy

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Having our brewery homes in New England, we are no stranger to unexpected weather patterns, but it seems that no one could have predicted the devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to our neighbors in the states to the south of us. We know we are not the only ones that have been asking – how can we help?

We reached out to our friends at the Vermont Foodbank for their guidance. Judy, the Vermont Foodbank’s Director of Communication, let us know that her colleague Ed was asked by their national network, Feeding America, to aid five food banks in New York and New Jersey in their recovery efforts. After experiencing Hurricane Irene and its resulting devastation to the state of Vermont last year, Ed and his team know firsthand the best ways to help after a natural disaster, and are extremely useful to Feeding America, who is a member of the National Voluntary Relief Organizations Active in Disaster, (NVOAD), a coalition of disaster relief organizations that is among the first responders called upon to assist with relief and recovery during a national emergency.

 

How you can help:

  • Make a donation to a Feeding America Food Bank   Food banks in the affected areas are asking for financial support at this time. You can find a list of food banks in the affected regions at www.feedingamerica.org. Monetary donations to the pre-existing programs in these areas ensure that funds go directly to helping food relief agencies provide meals to those that were affected, those that are displaced and the first responders in those areas.
  • Raise a Toast!  On Thursday, November 15th at 5pm we’ll be starting the Thanksgiving season a week early by sending our Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale to each of the British Beer Company’s 12 locations, the only place it can be found on draft. Proceeds from each pint of Grateful Harvest purchased will be donated to the local food bank, each a member of Feeding America’s network.

If you can’t make it to the British Beer Company on November 15th, Grateful harvest can be found in local package stores.  For every 6-pack of Grateful Harvest sold, we’ll donate $1 per 6-pack to the food bank in the area where it was purchased. All Feeding America food relief agencies are banding together to ensure no one in these areas goes without a warm, healthy meal, and every donation helps! To find Grateful Harvest near you, use our Beer Finder: www.harpoonbrewery.com/beerfinder.

To our neighbors who were affected by the hurricane, please know we are thinking of you! We know there may be a long road to recovery ahead of some of you, but please know we’ll be doing what we can to help during this time. We encourage all of you, our Harpoon Helpers, to do what you can to help our neighbors affected.

Now Posted: Harpoon Octoberfest Race Video!

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The 2012 Harpoon Octoberfest Race may be over, but the memories live on! Relive the day with our first ever race video and our photo gallery!

Thank you to our runners and volunteers who helped us raise over $27,000 for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and thanks to Harrison Buck and Bucknaked Visual Works for producing this video for us!

Team Harpoon Helps Makes a Splash!

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Harpoon Helpers get ready to splash!

Harpoon Helpers get ready to splash!

We want to send out one more big thank you to everyone who came out for the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash on Saturday! Harpoon Helps plans many small volunteer opportunities, or Harpoon Helps Missions, throughout the year followed by our two big events at the end of the year (Beer-B-Q and Harpoon Helps Spread Holiday Cheer). We were excited to partner with our great friends at Saves the Harbor/Saves the Bay to add another great event to the beginning of our calendar. We are proud to announce that from Saturday’s Cupid Splash, over $30,000 was raised for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches program! We have loved our location on the waterfront in South Boston for over 25 years, and the Cupid Splash was a great opportunity to call our team together to help keep the bay clean.

Thanks to everyone who donated or splashed with us!

To see more photos from Saturday, click here!

This Valentine’s Day, Register for the Cupid Splash!

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Happy Valentine’s Day Harpoon Helpers!

To keep the love going, we invite you to register for a great event we are co-producing called the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash! On March 24th at noon, you are invited to show your love for the Boston Harbor by jumping in the chilly water, donning your wackiest cupid outfit, all to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches program. Plunges will take place at 8 beaches total in the Greater Boston area, however the Harpoon Helps team will be present at M Street Beach in South Boston. “Cupids” will warm-up after the plunge with chowder and Harpoon beer, served right on the beach. There are a ton of great prizes to win from JetBlue Airways and from Harpoon Brewery for the best costumes and highest fundraisers. Registration is $25, but if you register before March 1, you will receive $5 off.

Make sure to invite your friends and create a team, and get creative with your cupid costumes! For more information, and to register, please visit www.cupidsplash.com. After we jump in the chilly Boston Harbor, we look forward to raising a pint of Harpoon beer with you. Cheers!

Splasher in South Boston at last year's Cupid Splash

 

The Harpoon Helps Season Comes to a Close!

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This is such an amazing time for us here at Harpoon, a great time to reflect on our events over this past year and start planning for 2012!

Thank you to every one of you that joined us for a Harpoon Helps mission or event this year. We have had some great groups of volunteers this year, from those that helped with our Point to Point bike ridesorted food at the Greater Boston Food Bank, and decorated a shelter during Spread Holiday Cheer!

The Harpoon Point to Point raising valuable funds for the Vermont Foodbank.

On a Mission: Harpoon Helpers lend a hand at a local foodbank

Harpoon Helps Spread Holiday Cheer - At the Post-Party in Boston

Thank you also for running the Harpoon 5-Miler, volunteering at check points during the Brewery to Brewery ride, and joining us for a great meal at Beer-B-Q!

The Harpoon 5-Miler to benefit the Angel Fund and ALS research raised $114,000

The 2011 Harpoon Brewery to Brewery Ride to benefit Team Psycho Elite Development Program and the Kenary Family Brain Tumor Research Fund raised $161,783.55

The Harpoon Helps Grateful Harvest Beer-B-Q to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank raised $13,020

We cannot give back to our community as much as we do without your help!

Total Funds Raised

We are proud to announce the total funds raised for our largest Harpoon Helps events this year!

Our total funds raised this year:

$478,679.55! 

Incredible! Thank you all for joining us in these events to give back to our community.

A look ahead

We have a lot in the works for 2012! We have more Harpoon Helps missions coming your way, including blood drives, trips to a few local food banks to sort food, and beach clean-ups. I hope you can join us! Cheers to you for a fantastic 2011, and to more volunteering and fundraising in 2012!

Call to action: Help our neighbors in Vermont!

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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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