Turning beer into food.
To be a leader in social entrepreneurship with multiple revenue-generating streams that fund FINNEGANS branded projects aimed at eliminating hunger and serving as a catalyst for social entrepreneurs.
We believe that we are all responsible for creating healthy communities. We believe in creating and supporting self-sustaining business models that have a positive social impact in the community. Creating awareness and action about critical community issues through projects that are fun, social and a win-win for our volunteers, pro-bono partners, and business partners. Sharing our lessons learned and our FINNEGANS story with other organizations and businesses in hopes of inspiring others to engage in making a difference in their communities.
FINNEGANS Community Fund (FCF) a 501c3 non-profit exists to create sustainable change for those affected by hunger through profits from FINNEGANS, volunteers, events and partnerships.
The brainchild of Jacquie Berglund and Kieran Folliard of Cara Pubs in 1999, FINNEGANS was born to serve critical issues in the community.
In 1999, Jacquie Berglund and pub owner Kieran Folliard co-created the FINNEGANS Irish Amber recipe with the James Page Brewing Company. In 2000, inspired by Billy Shore (founder of Share Our Strength, the nation’s leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America) Jacquie brewed up a plan, bought the recipe outright for $1.00, and the world’s first beer company to donate 100% of its profits to charity was born.
The first eleven years impact work was focused on helping to end the cycle of poverty. In 2011 the team focused in on hunger alleviation, through local foods in the upper Midwest communities it serves. The hunger alleviation efforts, combined with past support to end the cycle of poverty, and the force that is our MS150 TeamFINN MS150, FINNEGANS has had an impact of over $2 million and counting.
Today: FINNEGANS House
The 2018 unveiling of FINNEGANS House, a state-of-the-art downtown Minneapolis brewery, taproom, urban courtyard, and Brewer’s Den event space introduced a popular destination where guests of the connected Elliott Hotel, HQ Apartment complex and Kraus Anderson corporate offices can enjoy great beer while doing good.
Additionally, the ambitious FINNovation Lab social entrepreneurship hub and co-working facility on the upper levels of FINNEGANS House ensures socially minded businesses and start-ups have a place to grow and develop. In its first two years, the FINNovation Fellowship program has produced multiple University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management MN Cup entrepreneurship award winners.
FINNEGANS is proud to brew and serve our charitably delicious beer in downtown Minneapolis where residents, professionals and visitors to US Bank Stadium, The Armory music venue, Minneapolis Convention Center and a variety of additional entertainment destinations are all within blocks of our taproom, courtyard, and event space. All can enjoy FINNEGANS variety of beers while filling local food banks with fresh produce with every pint.
From the classics you know and love, to new beers in our popular variety Fan Packs, to our extensive barrel aging program and taproom exclusives, we have brewed more than 100 distinct beers since moving into FINNEGANS House.
FINNEGANS House: The place to be social + do good. The House that social innovation built. FINNEGANS Brew Co. is where anyone can enjoy a beer and become a part of something bigger. The FINNEGANS Community Fund is a 501©3 dedicated to alleviating hunger as supported by FINNEGANS Brew Co. and other generous donors and volunteers. The FINNovation Lab is where social entrepreneurs of all stages go to learn, grow, and connect. Stop by the FINNEGANS House for a pint, to book your next event, follow the ground-breaking work of FINNOVATION Lab Fellows, or to find your next volunteer opportunity. This is where we gather, grow and give together.
JACQUIE BERGLUND, Co-founder, CEO & Rambunctious Social Entrepreneur