Drinking beer can make you feel good -- but did you know that some beers can also make you feel good about yourself?
No, there's no brew out there that moonlights as a life coach (yet?) -- but plenty of breweries are giving back to charity through the sale of specific beers. And supporting such causes are sure to make you feel good!
The following 10 beers are known for being delicious and bettering the world at the same time. We can raise a glass to that.
The Charity: World Wildlife Fund
The Cause: More than a hundred tigers are killed annually, an illegal practice that has caused the numbers of these majestic creatures to drop 96% over the last 100 years. Today an estimated 3,890 roam the world, which is the why the WWF and Tiger Beer have joined to create 3890 Tigers, a beer that helps support Tx2, a commitment made by 13 tiger-range countries to double the tiger population by 2022. Tiger Beer has already donated one million dollars to the cause, and came up with a special tiger-less can to show their support.
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The Charity: The Jack Joyce Scholarship
The Cause: Any beer drinker knows that fermentation is key to a good brew -- and when you drink a pint of Hot Tub Scholarship Lager, you are helping one lucky person to further support that science. With each bottle sold, the Oregon-based brewery is raising funds for an annual scholarship in fermentation science at Oregon State University. The seven-ingredient beer is a classic German pale lager named after the brewery’s founder, Jack Joyce, who passed away in 2014. Joyce was known to love hot tubbing, and one of the first recipients of the scholarship, Daniel Sharp, bought himself a hot tub after paying off his school expenses with the money. Genius!
The Charity: Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
The Cause: At first glance, one might think the “Brother” mentioned in the Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale is a mere monk, but one would be wrong. This beer is all about the jazz great Thelonious Monk, a pioneer of the music genre that took off in the 1940s. Monk is the second most-recorded jazz composer of all-time, and a true legend among musicians. That's why the venerable Fort Bragg, California, brewery are paying homage to him with this beer, gifting a portion of sales to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for jazz education.
The Charity: Hawaii Conservation Alliance
The Cause: Mainlanders might not appreciate the beauty and functionality of the ʻŌhiʻa trees in Hawaii, but those legendary plants prove to be mighty important to the island and its people. Unfortunately, Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death -- a fungal disease -- is killing the trees. A portion of the proceeds from Kona's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Lager go towards saving these magnificent trees. The beer -- packaged in beautiful bottles designed and painted by local artist Christie Shinn -- also pays homage to the plant by using a malt that's crimson in color, much like the Lehua blossom that graces its branches.
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The Charity: Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
The Cause: If you’ve watched the news at all, you may have noticed the woman's health group Planned Parenthood has been under attack. To help keep the organization funded, the folks at Denver's The Larimer brewed the pink-hued La Resistance Sour Ale to donation money. This delightful tipple is a gose-style sour ale brewed with coriander and pink Himalayan salt. It's perfect for summer (and your conscience).
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The Charity: ALS.net
The Cause: For three years, the owners of this farm brewery in rural Connecticut have worked with YCH HOPS to raise money for ALS. The hop supplier creates a special blend of hops in honor of the fight against the neurodegenerative disease, and ships it out to participating breweries (about 130 so far!). In return, those breweries brew a beer and donate $1 of each pint sold to ALS.net. The goal is to fund research that one day may help find a cure for the disease. Dubbed Ales for ALS, Kent Falls' 2017 brew features 25% Citra, 25% Lora, and 50% experimental varieties. "The most rewarding part is hearing how much our participation [in the program] and calling attention to the disease means to people," explains Kent Falls brewer and co-founder Barry Labendz. "Hearing stories from several people of how the disease has affected them personally is quite moving."
The Charity: Various local environmental groups in upstate New York
The Cause: This brew proves refreshing (and a bit bitter) -- which is not unlike the Great South Bay between Fire Island and Long Island. And thanks to the help of some local non-profit groups like Save the Great South Bay, the Bay is also a bit cleaner these days. That’s why Long Island-based brewery Blue Point has launched Drink The Bay Clean India Pale Lager, a crisp, hoppy beer that tastes great, and helps aid efforts to revitalize the water and its sea creature inhabitants.
The Charity: Glory Bee
The Cause: We need bees to pollinate our plants so that they can grow, and given the sharp decline in this insect's population over the last decade, we need to revitalize them more than ever before. You can do just that with Save the Bee, a dry-hopped, tart farmhouse ale from Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, Oregon. Made with fresh honey from Glory Bee (a family-owned B-Corp that produces natural honey), each bottle provides funds to help with honeybee research.
The Charity: Sutter Breast Care Services of Santa Rosa
The Cause: Thirty-one pounds of rose-and-red-hued raspberries added to each barrel of this bright and tart blonde ale make it the ultimate Breast Cancer Awareness Month brew. Each time you buy a pint, you’re not only sporting the organization's signature pink hue, you’re giving a little to the cause. Dubbed Framboise For A Cure, 100% of the proceeds go to the Sutter Breast Care Services of Santa Rosa. This California beer is brewed each October and served on tap and in bottles until it runs out.
The Charity: Food banks and food-focused charities
The Cause: The staff at this Minneapolis, Minnesota, brewery is turning beer into food. Okay -- not literally (though that would be amazing). But Finnegans donates 100% of its profits to feeding the country's homeless and hungry. At the moment, you can buy four types of beer to help the cause: a bière blanc ale called the Freckled Rooster, the Hoppy Shepard IPA, the dark extra stout Dead Irish Poet, and the brewery's flagship, Finnegans Irish Amber. All tasty ways to do good!
Note: Blue Point Brewing Company is a member of The High End, owned by Anheuser-Busch. Kona Brewing Company is owned by Craft Brew Alliance, a public company partially owned by Anheuser-Busch.