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Now through December 31st, the company that makes Finnegans Irish Amber is doubling and even tripling those donations because the profits are being matched by Finnegans distributors and retailers.
Finnegans partners with The Emergency Foodshelf Network to purchase produce from regional farms for distribution to local foodshelves.
For more on the 6th annual “Drink Like You Care” campaign and various ways to participate, visit FINNEGANS website.
(Copyright 2012 by KARE. All rights reserved.)
Summer in April? Now that the warm weather is here it is time to start checking out some of the local session beers available in the Twin Cities. What is a session beer? A session beer is generally a beer that is lighter in body and has a lower alcohol content, which makes it easy to enjoy a few without falling off your bar stool. This means that you can spend more time imbibing with your friends, perhaps outdoors, and less time worrying about how you are going to kill off that nasty hangover in the morning. Lucky for us our local breweries have given us many choices a few of which I have recently sampled.
The first session beer that I tried was the Finnegan’s Blonde Ale, which was light in body and tasted a little sweet with some bread flavors and a subtle hop flavor. The beer finished very smooth and would accompany your grilled fare nicely. Also, in case you didn’t know, 100% of the profits from Finnegan’s goes to charity and the Blonde Ale proceeds are specifically allocated to help fight hunger.
The second session beer that I tried was Brau Brothers Strawberry Wheat. This beer was very light in color but had a very nice malty, wheat flavor. I liked that the fruit flavor was subtle and did not dominate the flavor of the malt. This one went down very smooth and is perfect for those 90 degree days of summer.
Schell’s Pils was the last session beer that I tried. This beer was well balanced between the barley malt and the noticeable hop presence and it finished dry, perfect for summer weather. The straw yellow color is typical of the style, but do not be fooled, this is no Miller Lite.
One other session beer that is not local but is worth mentioning is Summerfest by Sierra Nevada. This pale lager is sure to please anyone with its crisp hop and biscuity malt flavor. You can find these beers at most of your local liquor stores. Now get outside and enjoy this early summer weather with your friends and family… and a beer, of course!
You already know that you can buy anyone a Finnegans from across town or across the country with the Beer It Forward app. I bet your friends really appreciated all those Blonde Ales you remotely bought for them. I think you deserve a cold one yourself. Unfortunately, you can’t Beer It Forward to yourself, because that would be more like beering it backwards. Or, maybe just beering it. Whatever. You can stop worrying about this semantic quandary we’ve fallen into, because there’s a brand new Finnegans app designed to get a pint Finnegans in your hand ASAP.
No, it doesn’t turn your iPhone into a tap. We’re working on that. But it does the next best thing: it directs you to the nearest Finnegans tap, bursting at the spigot with tasty, altruistic goodness. The app will locate the closest bar with Finnegans on tap, or the nearest Liquor store with Blonde Ale and Irish Amber on stock.
Getting a freshly poured glass of Finnegans is now as easy as losing at Angry Birds. And if you have to prove to your friends that you are indeed practicing Barstool Philanthropy, just give your phone a shake with the app open, and you’ll be regaled with fun facts about about the Finnegans charitable business model, making it that much easier for you to drink good beer in good conscience.
Here’s to doing good,
Help Green Mill Help Feed Our Communities
All you have to do is buy any large Green Mill pizza on Mondays and Tuesdays. Your Green Mill will then donate a dollar for every large pizza* we sell on Mondays and Tuesdays to local food banks and food shelves through the Finnegans Community Fund.
Here’s how one Green Mill pizza can add up to 3 meals!
Purchase any large pizza on Monday or Tuesday at regular price and enjoy it with your friends or family and Green Mill will donate a dollar per pizza to Finnegans Community Fund to purchase a $1 worth of fresh produce (about one pound) from a local farm. The farm matches the $1 with another $1 worth of fresh produce. $2 worth of fresh produce is delivered to your local foodshelf to help feed families in your community. One Green Mill pizza does all that! You enjoy the best pizza in town and local families get fresh, healthy produce.
Why Fresh Produce?
At Green Mill, we’re all about fresh! The USDA recommends that half of a meal be made up of fruits and vegetables. Growing research shows that these important food groups are critical to promoting good health. Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help protect from chronic disease. A good mix is the best way to get your body Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and dietary minerals. Read more about local and fresh produce.
The Finnegans mission is to create sustainable change for those affected by hunger through profits from Finnegans Irish Amber and Finnegans Blonde Ale, and other innovative partnerships like the one with Green Mill.
Community Fund Partners
*Not valid on discounted or special-offer pizzas. Where Green Mill locations don’t have local farm/foodshelf affiliations, Green Mill will donate $1.00 per regular priced large pizza sold directly to the area foodshelf
By Jeff Prouty…
Jacquie Berglund launched Finnegans Amber Beer in September 2000, with the mission ofgiving profits from the business to help feed Minnesota’s hungry and struggling populations.
When asked if she could think of any other organizations that commit to donating 100% of the profits to charity, Finnegans founder and Rambunctious Social Entrepreneur, Jacquie Berglund, cited Paul Newman’s company, Newman’s Own.
It’s true both businesses got brewing within a bottle – Newman’s contains salad dressing while Berglund’s contains beer – but each company also focuses on poverty and hunger relief.
With 100% of the profits going to provide food through community food shelves. Finnegans contributions also help buy fresh local produce (products which are often cost prohibitive and absent from most of these organization’s offerings.) In 2011, a partnership with the Emergency Food Shelf Network (EFSN), allowed Finnegans to help provide assistance in 26 Minnesota counties and expand partnerships with local farmers.
Last year, Finnegans donated over $46,000 to this cause. This year, Berglund wants to more than double the company’s donation goal to $100,000, and reach the hungry in North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, as well.
Named one of the 200 Minnesotans You Should Know by Twin Cities Business magazine, Berglund generously answered a few questions about her background and the business of turning beer into food:
Growing up, what did you think you wanted to be/do? I was super rambunctious. I wanted to be an actress; in a rock band; I was very theatrical; loved rock polishing; I was all over the board.
What did you learn from your mother? Your father? Both had a super hard work ethic, with full-time jobs and working opposite shifts (and my dad was also going to school). There was a lot of juggling, and they were on a mission to have their two daughters go to college. But specifically, my mother’s honesty. She cannot tell a lie; she says what she thinks. From my dad, I hope I inherited his humor, generosity of spirit and compassion.
Who was your biggest or most influential role model?
Eleanor Roosevelt. She grew up privileged, yet had the drive and compassion to achieve a greater goal to better the lives of others. I totally and completely look up to the peacemakers and the people who walk to their own drum.
What are your big goals for Finnegans for 2012? It’s what I call “walking on the moon” – doubling our donation goal to $100,000 and using that money to purchase fresh produce in the state of Minnesota and food for food shelves in Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota – and we are absolutely on track! I’d also love to sell a ton of blonde ale to help us meet that goal.
It’s a little scary introducing a new beer; I really hope people enjoy the product.
Are there any unique challenges or advantages to having your business in Minnesota? I was born here and I love it! There is character in our culture; our state donates and volunteers more. Finnegans is heavily driven by volunteers and giving one’s time, energy and enthusiasm aligns with our mission.
Do you have any words of wisdom for the young social entrepreneur looking to start a business?
It’s great to get out there and do good, but you have to figure out the business model and it needs to be sustainable. You’ll work a billion hours every week, every year, so you have to be passionate about your social mission. When you’re not busy with Finnegans, what do you like to do for fun? I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. I also enjoy the solitude with nature that I find at my little cabin in the Wisconsin woods.
Any big plans, personally, for 2012? I’m going to the Galapagos with the Prouty Project’s Stretch Expedition, where we’ll assist local Ecuadorians with environmental conservation and sustainable farming service projects. I’ll also be visiting all the regional farms involved in our program. I’m very excited about that, too.
What do you envision for Finnegans 40 to 50 years from now?
I hope we are giving away millions of dollars; that we have become a global influence in the social entrepreneur movement, and that we continue to inspire others to make a difference through business and profit.
Jeff Prouty is chairman and founder of the Prouty Project: Jeff founded the Prouty Project in 1987 after 7 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Minneapolis and New York City. He specialized in working with senior management teams and boards of directors on strategic planning and team issues.