Photo: Courtesy of the Surfrider Foundation
Photo: Courtesy of the Surfrider Foundation

Delicious and charitable, these brews give back to the waters and communities that make them unique.

By Lauren Phillips

As the craft beer scene in cities across the country continues to grow, enthusiasts (and even casual beer fans) have more—and tastier—brew options than ever. Even better, a slew of breweries is producing refreshing, distinctive beers to support the environment and shorelines in their surrounding communities.

Read on for five brews that are as charitable as they are delicious:

Photo: Courtesy of the Surfrider Foundation
Photo: Courtesy of the Surfrider Foundation

CoastWise Session IPA, Coronado Brewing Company

Produced through a partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit that protects oceans and beaches, the CoastWise Session IPA, available starting April 1, is a nod to San Diego–based Coronado Brewing Co.’s roots and its mantra to “Stay Coastal.” A portion of proceeds from CoastWise support Surfrider’s conservation efforts, and Coronado Brewing Co. is hosting a series of beach cleanups leading up to Earth Day (April 22).

CoastWise Session IPA has bright tropical and citrus notes with a lingering, dry bitterness. Its can—recyclable, of course—has a hand-sketched depiction of Poseidon, giving you a fully coastal experience with every sip.

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Photo: Stephen DeVries
Photo: Stephen DeVries

Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale, Flying Dog Brewery

Maryland-based Flying Dog adds the bold character of Old Bay to its summer ale, which has citrusy hop notes and a crisp, tart finish. Developed to celebrate the seasoning’s 75th anniversary, Dead Rise also has a charitable bend: Proceeds benefit True Blue, an initiative that advocates for Chesapeake Bay watermen and encourages restaurants to serve local Maryland crab meat.

Photo: Courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company
Photo: Courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company

Sixteen Counties, Allagash Brewing Company

Named to honor the farming traditions across Maine's sixteen counties, this beer is brewed exclusively with grains grown in-state. It also directly benefits sustainable agriculture and family farming in Maine, where Allagash is based. Available year-round in a 750 ml bottle or on draft, this beverage has aromas of lemon rind, flowers, and grapefruit, with an herbal, balanced finish. It's intentionally malt-forward, a symbolic decision to showcase Maine’s next generation of quality farming.

Photo: Courtesy of Anchor Brewing
Photo: Courtesy of Anchor Brewing

Anchor California Lager, Anchor Brewing

A re-creation of California’s first genuine lager, this San Francisco-brewed, all-malt beer celebrates the state’s craft brewing heritage with a distinctive aroma, balanced flavor, and a smooth finish. A portion of proceeds from the sale of this beer supports conservation projects in California State Parks, helping to preserve the natural bounties that make brewing there possible.

Photo: Courtesy of Abita
Photo: Courtesy of Abita

SOS – A Charitable Pilsner, Abita Brewing Company

Abita’s SOS (Save Our Shore) is part of the Louisiana-based brewer’s efforts to help restore the Gulf Coast. 75 cents of every bottle sold support the SOS fund, and more than $500,000 has been raised since 2010. The pilsner, a literal message in a bottle, is brilliantly gold, with a sweet malt flavor and pleasant bitterness and aroma.

Photos: Courtesy of the Surfrider Foundation; Stephen DeVries; courtesy of manufacturers