Giving Tuesday is an effort to balance all that commercial activity with some good-hearted philanthropy. The craft beer community is known for their good hearts, with many participating in the Movember cause for men's health issues.
But that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a good brew. To jumpstart your charitable giving this season, here are three holiday gift ideas that also support good causes:
1. Tickets to a beer festival or tasting event
Many beer festivals and tasting events make an effort to donate proceeds to charitable organizations. Some, like Homebrew for Hunger, give ALL proceeds to a good cause. Treat your loved one to a charity beer event in your area and look for ways to donate to the charity in question, maybe through a raffle or coat check.
For some leads on charity events, check out the BeerAdvocate event calendar, sort by Event Type, and select Charity Event.
One such event coming up is the New York City Brewers Guild Drink for Good event, which will raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. $40/unlimited tastings. All proceeds support hurricane relief efforts.
Also look out for the 2013 Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Tasting on January 26, which is a fundraiser for Pints for Prostates.
Got a tip on a beer-related charity event in your area? Share in the comments!
2. Beer gifts that give back
Give a gift that includes a charitable donation. New Belgium has a beer glass gift set that lets you choose from four sustainable causes to support. For each set sold, New Belgium will make a $1 donation to the charity of your choice.
Alternatively, you may want to give back to the environment with recycled glassware from BottleHood.
3. Take a loved one to visit your local brewery
Many local breweries support good causes in their communities and make it easy for their fans to participate. Take a loved one on a brewery tour and make a donation while you're there. As an added bonus, you'll support your community's local economy! If your local brewery doesn't support any good causes, tell 'em they should!
Asheville's Highland Brewing Company accepts cash and canned food donations for Manna Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity in their tasting room.
Have some holiday giving ideas or want to share the good work of your local brewery? Share in the comments!