We’ve officially entered the “feel good” time of year, beginning with Thanksgiving last week. A lot of people start to have the urge to give back and help a cause, but don’t really know how or don’t think they have enough money to make a difference. Luckily, some companies are wayyyy ahead of us and have created genius business models – they let us buy booze from them, and then they give some of the money to a charity (similar to the philanthropub). We get drunk, and people less fortunate benefit from it. God bless America.
Finnegans Beer is based in Minnesota and was the first beer company in the world to donate 100% of its profits to local hunger alleviation charities. After they pay their bills and salaries, all the profits go to the Finnegans Community Fund. In Minnesota, donations go to support the Emergency Foodshelf Network’s Harvest for the Hungry program, a program in which fresh produce is purchased from local farms and then distributed to local food shelves. They are also hoping to bring the program to their other markets in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Wine to Water is an aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world. For every $16 bottle you buy, $7 will go back to support their efforts. Their wines are available online and in some retail stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, and Michigan.
Now that you know, you have no excuse but to get out there and start drinking.