In my last post I talked about how Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia typically hosts monthly fundraisers through a cornhole tournament for free! Minus the cost of the beer, of course. With almost every brewery I’ve visited in the last few years, I’ve noticed a number of really neat community outreach campaigns. Here are just a few I’d like to share with you.
New Belgium Brewing, CO: Where do I start? This brewery is leading the way in terms of sustainability, community outreach and giving back. By creating an inter-departmental philanthropy committee, this brewery has donated more than $8 million through their grant programs and over 4,220 hours of volunteer time. The purpose of the New Belgium’s Grant Program is to serve and connect with communities where they sell their beer by improving the health of the planet and inspiring others to embrace sustainable choices.
Newburgh Brewing, NY: This brewery offers a variety of fundraisers almost every week. The most recent one donated all cash tips from 1-4 p.m. to the ARC of Orange County, which supports people of all ages with unique abilities through volunteering, education and job opportunities. Previous fundraisers include donations to Companion Dog Training Club, SHRED Foundation, and Lap4Life.
Port City Brewery, VA: Considering their owner was named 2016 Small Business Philanthropist of the year in 2016, Port City knows a thing or two about philanthropy. This brewery hosts a lot of unique fundraising events including Beer Yoga which supports various charities in the D.C. area. Although they host Beer Yoga every Tuesday, some of their yoga classes will typically donate a portion of the proceeds to a local charity.
I’m sure there are many breweries out there who have lots of interesting goodwill campaigns and we’d love to hear them! What about philanthropy campaigns for wineries or distilleries? Feel free to share some of them in the comments below.