Love Beer. Love Volunteering. Happy National Volunteer Week!

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This week is National Volunteer Week, which means we are celebrating YOU, our friends and neighbors who join us at events produced by our charitable arm, Harpoon Helps!

Coming up in May, 250 volunteers are needed to help hand out water, work the bag check, and run registration for 4,000 runners at the Harpoon 5-Miler. This year we expect to raise over $200,000 for the Angel Fund and ALS research, bringing our 14-year total to over $1,000,000!

Later this summer, 200 volunteers are needed near our Windsor, VT brewery to help provide course support to cyclists participating in the Harpoon Point to Point presented by National Life Group, which benefits the Vermont Foodbank.

Want to join in the fun?

>>>Volunteer at the Harpoon 5-Miler on May 17th

>>>Volunteer at the Harpoon Point to Point on August 8th

None of these events would be possible without our fantastic volunteers. As with all Harpoon Helps activities, each day will end with a Harpoon beer to cheers for a job well done. We hope you can join us this summer!

Harpoon beer + running with New Balance = Harpoon 1906!

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As you know, we love running here at Harpoon. After each of our own races we produce through our charitable arm, Harpoon Helps, there is always fresh Harpoon beer served to cheers with and enjoy. That’s why we weren’t surprised when our friends at New Balance came to us asking if we would like to celebrate all things running in Boston along with their “Nobody Runs Like Boston” campaign. And you know what happens when two Boston companies get together at a brewery? Why, we make an awesome beer, of course!

New Balance was looking for a small batch created with running in mind. Our brewers came up with Harpoon 1906: a refreshing, sessionable saison that is light in color and slightly hazy. It features pale, wheat, Munich, and Bonlander malts and a generous dose of Amarillo hops and ground orange peel. The Amarillo and peel provide a slight citrus aroma on top of the fruity and clove-like esters of the Belgian saison yeast. Harpoon 1906 comes in at 4.9% ABV and is perfect to enjoy after your run, whether you ran a quick mile or the full 26.2!

Harpoon 1906 is available in limited quantities at the Harpoon Beer Hall in Boston. Need another reason to stop by and enjoy it? In true Harpoon Helps fashion, we are donating $1 per pint sold to the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund, which funds innovative research and clinical programs in trauma healing and limb reconstruction at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Stepping Strong was established by the family of the very inspiring Gillian Reny—a young, pre-professional dancer who was critically injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Can’t make it to the brewery? Harpoon 1906 will also be on tap at Solas at the Lenox Hotel on Boylston Street from Friday April 17th until Marathon Monday, the 20th. Solas is New Balance’s host bar for the week of the Boston Marathon and has also committed to donating $1 per pint to Stepping Strong.

We hope you can stop by soon for a pint. And remember the wise words of New Balance: “Nobody Runs like Boston!”

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!

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