Every time you take a sip of Finnegans beer, you can honestly say, “I’m drinking this brewsky to help humanity.”
Jacquie Berglund founded Finnegans Brew Co. in 2000 to help the poor. The mission became “turning beer into food” in 2010 after Berglund, the chief executive, became aware of the Food Group’s Harvest for the Hungry program.
“It was like the light bulb went on for our distributors, retailers and customers,” Berglund said in an email. “They now understood where our profits were going and the impact they were helping to have in feeding the hungry. “
Finnegans beer is sold in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota, but its canned beer can be ordered from Surdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop for delivery in California as well as Alaska, Colorado, District of Columbia, New York, Washington and several other states.
During Finnegans’ ninth annual “Drink Like You Care” campaign through Dec. 31, purchases do twice as much good, because beer distributors match every dollar Finnegans donates to feed people through various food shelters.
Finnegans pays Summit Brewing Co. to make its Irish Amber, Blonde Ale and its new seasonal stout called Dead Irish Poet.
For Thanksgiving dinner, Berglund recommends Finnegans Irish Amber because it “partners well with gravy dishes” and “our Dead Irish Poet Stout goes fantastic with desserts!”