Samuel Adams is a proud sponsor of the Boston Marathon. The race is a part of what it means to be a Bostonian and the holiday, Patriot’s Day, is a uniquely Massachusetts holiday which holds special meaning for us as Americans, Massachusetts residents, brewers of Samuel Adams and me personally. Patriot’s Day commemorates the beginning of the American Revolution led by Samuel Adams our namesake, a defender of liberty and revolutionary leader. It was also on this holiday in 1985 that I first delivered Samuel Adams to bars throughout Boston from my station wagon. I have always thought of Patriots Day as our holiday here at The Boston Beer Company.
Last week, however, we witnessed a series of tragic events and loss of human life. We were heartbroken by the human tragedies that unfolded throughout the week. Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and families of those affected by Monday’s tragedy and during the pursuit and capture of two suspects Thursday and Friday. On Marathon Monday, nearly 70 of our Boston Beer team joined the ranks as runners and worked at events along the race course, and we are grateful that everyone from our team made it home safe and sound. Late on Friday, we raised a pint in thanks to all the first responders, medical staff, law enforcement officers and other agencies for the incredible teamwork displayed throughout the week. We all felt safer because of their efforts and the capture of the second suspect. It was a little over a mile from my house. My family and I slept well that night because of their efforts.
We feel a responsibility to help victims and support recovery efforts in our hometown. A day after the race, we announced that we will donate all profits from our limited release beer, Boston 26.2 Brew, brewed specially for the 2013 Boston Marathon and served at bars and restaurants along the race course and in Boston. We will also be contributing the donations we receive from visitors to our Boston Brewery for the month of April.
Those donations will go to The Greg Hill Foundation, which was established in June of 2010 with the purpose of responding to the immediate needs of local families that have been touched by tragedy. Greg and the Foundation are focused on helping the victims of the Marathon tragedy and have already provided financial support to nine families, who lost loved ones last week and to several other victims who are in the hospital. 100% of all donations from the Foundation go to help those in need. The restaurant and bar community have also joined with the Foundation, with more than 75 bars and restaurants contributing a portion of their profits from sales last week. I am proud to serve these small businesses as our customers and proud of how our industry has reacted to the needs of our community.
We’ve also heard from a number of friends from around the country, and from as far away as Japan – bar and restaurant owners, wholesalers and other brewers – who are holding fundraisers and providing donations to The Greg Hill Foundation, and ultimately the victims and their families.
Be sure to check back below as we’ll be providing a list of fundraising events around the country so that our drinkers who want to participate in their areas can do so.
To everyone who is sending their generous support and kind words, we thank you.
MJ O’Conner’s (27 Columbus Ave., Boston) is hosting a fundraising event on Thursday (4/22) for the 100 Club, which provides financial support to families of fallen heroes in Massachusetts. For more information and tickets, click here.
The Railyard will be running a fundraiser between now and May 28th with the proceeds going to Greg Hill Foundation. They will also be matching the amount they raise.
Join World of Beer in Lakewood on Saturday, May 18th as we takeover 13 taps with a portion of every Samuel Adams purchased going towards the Greg Hill Foundation.
Boston, New York City, Miami:
5 Napkin Burger in Boston are donating a portion of proceeds from Boston 26.2 Brew sales to the ONE fund. At their other 5 locations in NYC & Miami they are donating proceeds from Boston Lager sales.
Tap House Grill (5 Chicagoland stores) is promoting Sam Adams Lager drafts for $2 on Thurs (4/26/2013). $1 from each draft sold will go to the Greg Hill Foundation.
West Chester, PA:
Landmark Americana will be hosting Samuel Adams for a tap takeover on Friday (4/26) and will be accepting donations for The Greg Hill Foundation during the takeover.
La Grange, IL:
LaGrange shoe store The Runners Soul hosted a solidarity run for Boston on Monday (4/22) and ended up at Palmer Place where $1.17 pints of Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Summer Ale were served to show support for the 117th Boston Marathon.
Old Line Wine & Spirits Bistro is hosting a special Samuel Adams beer dinner on May 2 with proceeds going to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Menu and ticket information can be found here.
Durtie Nellies will be hosting a charity fundraising event on May 2 featuring Samuel Adams products and a variety of raffle items.
Liberty Tap Room will be donating a portion of the proceeds from a special beer dinner to the Greg Hill Foundation. Call The Liberty Tap Room ((803) 461-4677) for more details and reserve your spot.
Tyler’s Restaurant and Taproom (Durham location) is hosting a fundraising event on May 16 that will include a Pint Night featuring Boston Lager with a special menu with food and beer pairings with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Greg Hill Foundation.