A few weeks ago we shared a handful of wines that are doing good out in the world, and while that’s all well and fine, you can’t really have a wedding with JUST wine. So, without further delay, here are a few amazing beers out there perfect to round out your wedding bar, serve at your next dinner party or even feature at a beer tasting for the guys.KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Company // A premium American Lager that gives back 10% of all sales to charitable organizations throughout the Kansas City area. To determine the best use of funds, consumers nominate organizations online and vote for the charity they feel most drawn to. 60% of these funds are awarded to the first place winner, and 20% are directed to charities placing second and third. Giving back and collaborative. Perfect reason to drink a few.Finnegans Irish Amber // A traditional Irish Amber sourced out of Minneapolis, Minnesota that gives 100% of all profits to feed the hungry in Minnesota and surrounding states through Finnegan’s Community Fund.Stone Brewing Company // This uber popular brewery out of Southern California donated over $490,000 to charities last year both through the giving back of a percentage of profit as well as competitions such as the designing of custom labels for their bottles that in turn are auctioned off to the highest bidder in an effort to give back that much more.Rogue’s Wasted Sea Star Purple Pale Ale // A Purple Pale Ale, Wasted Sea Star was brewed to raise awareness about Sea Star Wasting Syndrome – an epidemic killing millions of sea stars along the Pacific Coast and in aquariums across the United States. It is the largest marine animal disease event in recorded history. Rogue Brewmaster John Maier crafted this beer using purple corn nectar – a revolutionary new ingredient – to pay homage to a native species rapidly disappearing from the Oregon coastline. Like these sea stars, the beer has a light reddish-purple hue. A portion of the proceeds from this beer will go towards Sea Star Wasting Syndrome research conducted by the Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) at Oregon State University.Abita SOS (Save Our Shore)// A great pilsner that donates donates 75¢ to the rescue and restoration of the environment, industry and individuals fighting to survive the disastrous gulf oil spill. Additionally, all of proceeds from the SOS merchandise goes directly to the fund as well.Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Company // A full-flavored IPA that donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every drop of Last Chance IPA to small animal rescue organizations throughout the Weyerbacher distribution area. These shelters offer dogs, cats and other pets their last chance to find a new home.
Second Helping IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company // Double IPA made w/ Juniper berries. 100% of profits of this brew go to The Giving Kitchen. The Giving Kitchen provides grants to service industry workers with unexpected downfalls (often healthcare expenses, etc) ultimately supporting those great people who ensure you have lots of yummy beer to enjoy.
Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company – This brew raises awareness for the Waterkeeper Alliance, the organization that keeps the waters clean. SweetWater has raised $250,000 to date to support The Waterkeeper Alliance’s mission.
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