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Brewing with Purpose: Making the Most of a Good-Cause Beer
Last year was big for brews that raised funds and awareness for causes, from social injustice to hospitality workers in need. Here, four brewers from different parts of the country share experiences and advice on doing the most good with good-cause beers.
As Bale Breaker co-owner and business manager Meghann Quinn puts it, the decision to brew Sesiones del Migrante was an easy one. Bale Breaker has been brewing the mango IPA since 2017, when Mexico’s Cervecería de Colima reached out to suggest a collaboration. Proceeds of the beer benefit La Casa Hogar, a nonprofit that helps connect and educate Latino families in Washington’s Yakima Valley, where the brewery is located.
“One of our core values as a brewery and as business owners is ‘community,’” Quinn says. “It’s so important to us to give back to the community that supports us and allows us to be successful, and especially the communities that help us make our beer. We know firsthand that we wouldn’t have beer without the Mexican migrant workers who travel to Yakima every year to harvest hops.”
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Author of The Great Northeast Brewery Tour, a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Beer, and former editor of BeerAdvocate, Ben Keene has judged beer competitions across the US and has spoken at industry conferences and conventions. He lives in Seattle.