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Grateful Harvest

October 27, 2010

There are two things that I think we can all agree are awesome: beer and charity. Also, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is a perfect time to explore all of the harvest ales that usually come around this time of year. The Boston-based Harpoon Brewery has managed to harness this trifecta with their Grateful Harvest Ale, a Cranberry Amber Ale released as part of “Harpoon Helps,” the philanthropic arm of the Harpoon Brewery.

“Harpoon Helps” is a program which donates thousands of dollars to local charities every year, as well as providing volunteer hours (and lots of Harpoon beer) to charitable events throughout New England. For every 6-pack of Grateful Harvest sold, “Harpoon Helps” will donate $1 to the local food bank in the area in which the 6-pack was purchased. Also, the cranberries used in the brewing process are from the local AD Makepeace company in Wareham, MA, which is the world’s largest cranberry grower. It’s not often that you get to help your community and support local business just by drinking great beer.

The beer itself is an amber ale at 5.9%, which is brewed with cranberry puree, and has a slightly sweet, malty body with just a hint of dry tartness from the cranberries. Vienna and Munich malts provide some bready notes, and the subtle cranberry flavor is complemented nicely by bittering hops at the end. This beer was clearly made to pair well with food, and is perfect for Thanksgiving, though it will be available through December. This is the first year that Harpoon has brewed Grateful Harvest, and I for one hope this idea of charitable holiday beers catches on.

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  1. Rich Brown permalink
    October 30, 2010 3:04 pm

    A really nice tasting, easy drinking beer. As you say it goes well with food, but it’s pretty good by itself while helping others get food. Thanks for helping me feel good in more ways than one.

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