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Editors’ Picks: Drink Beer, Do Good

Open-source collaborations such as All Together IPA and Black is Beautiful, meant to raise funds and awareness for specific causes, were among the brighter highlights of an otherwise challenging 2020.

Joe Stange Mar 1, 2021 - 6 min read

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Open-source collaborations such as All Together IPA and Black is Beautiful, meant to raise funds and awareness for specific causes, were among the brighter highlights of an otherwise challenging 2020. We love the idea of doing something we truly enjoy—drinking beer—while simultaneously pitching in to make the world a better place. Here are some examples we’ve noticed recently—by no means an exhaustive list. Chances are, at least one of your nearby breweries is doing something similar for a local cause.

Drink Beer, Keep the Ocean Clean.

In San Diego, sustainability and ecology are an important part of Pure Project’s mission and identity. For example, the brewery is a 1% for the Planet company, which means that 1 percent of all sales (not just profits) go to environmental causes. Recently, the brewery announced a 10-year goal to prevent more than 1 million pounds of plastic from ending up in the ocean. Its Pounds for Pints project is a partnership with Plastic Bank, whose programs pay a premium to people in poverty for collecting discarded plastic in coastal communities. Last year, Pure Project announced that every purchase of a pint of its Murklands Pale Ale would support the collection of two pounds of plastic. purebrewing.org/sustainability

Drink Beer, Feed the Hungry.

This was the third year for a unique collaboration beer called Friends Giving, a “potluck-style IPA” whose proceeds go toward raising money for local food banks. Double Nickel Brewing in Pennsauken, New Jersey, started the project in 2018 with fellow New Jersey breweries Cape May and Tonewood, plus Urban Village in Philadelphia. Those breweries raised more than $200,000 in the first two years of the collaboration. In 2020, more friends joined up: Source Farmhouse Brewery in Colts Neck, New Jersey, plus four breweries in Northern Virginia: Crooked Run, Ocelot, Old Ox, and Solace. dnbcbeer.com/community-donations

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