Paste Magazine: Charity Brewery Turns Craft Beer into Food for the Hungry

March 2, 2016 3:55 pm

February 26, 2016

By Jerard Fagerberg

Jacquie Berglund doesn’t know much about beer. Brewing was never her first love. Her passion is barstool philanthropy — the idea that beer can be a means and not just an end.

Berglund started Finnegans Brew Co. in 2000 as the country’s first charity brewery. The five-person operation takes no profit, distributing the majority of its earnings to food shelves throughout the Midwest, and they’ve become the second largest social business in America behind Newman’s Own. Using its 2,000-plus volunteers and fleet of reverse food trucks, Finnegans is projecting to surpass $1,000,000 in donations in 2016.

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