With deep roots in coastal Delaware, Beer & Benevolence is our way of giving back to the community that has helped us nourish those roots. We’re proud to help support so much good taking place in our state - be it helping to promote the arts during Wilmington’s Art Loop at The Delaware Contemporary, a company departmental ‘Thanksgiving Feast Challenge” with the Milton Community Food Pantry or getting folks out into nature at the Delaware Nature Society’s Abbott’s Mill for their summer ‘Music at the Mill’ series.
Our Beer & Benevolence program touches over 200 non-profits each year, and our co-workers roll up their sleeves on a regular basis - like during our annual ‘Benevolence Day’ each spring! This year 250 co-workers swung hammers with Habitat for Humanity (Sussex County), removed invasive species with Delaware Nature Society and helped with a variety of trail maintenance with our friends at The Nature Conservancy just up the road from the brewery.
Other highlights from 2018 include:
- The 13th annual Dogfish Dash raised $150,000 for The Nature Conservancy, Delaware chapter and gathered 3000 runners from 28 states (and Australia) to run for nature. Think globally, act locally in effect.
- The first Dogfish Head I.P.A. ( I Pedal A-Lot) brought almost 1000 cyclists to southern Delaware to explore the history, culture and beauty of what we call home. The event also raised $30,000 for bicycle safety and advocacy in Delaware via Urban Bike Project and Sussex Cyclists. The event also generated funds to install three bike service stations along Delaware bike paths.
- The tour and tasting room team tips generated over $70,000 which went to support for a variety of non-profits including area homeless shelters, food banks & pantries, animal welfare, garden clubs, cancer groups, and many others.
- B&B collaborated with the Black Ale Project to create its first “Benevolence Series” beer and helped raised over $6000 for area veteran groups (and the beer brought our Dogfish vets together for a fun brew day).
- Dogfish pledged $50,000 to the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Improvement Association to help create a public access to the canal in Rehoboth Beach help ‘pave’ the way for a water trail between our coastal communities.
- B&B hosted over 100 Delaware non-profits for a day of philanthropic networking, a Benevolence 101 info session, as well as valuable information sharing from the Dogfish social media, graphics and legal teams. The “Benevolence Mixer” was topped off with an evening volunteer fair for Sussex and Kent county non-profits.
- The 2018 Benevolence Day brought together hundreds of Dogfish co-workers from our brewery, distillery, Dogfish Inn, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, and Chesapeake & Maine for a day of service and comradery. Our co-workers contributed a full day of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, The Nature Conservancy, the Brandywine Valley SPCA, and the Delaware Nature Society.
- Our “Benevolence Nights” at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats provided opportunities for 20 area non-profits to earn 10% of the nights proceeds and share their story in a fun environment often reaching a new audience.
- Our two Rehoboth restaurants became the first “Ocean Friendly Restaurants” in Delaware. This certification is one of the many ways Dogfish and the Surfrider Foundation work together to do our part to keep our ocean and beaches clean.
- Chesapeake & Maine also participates in the Center for Inland Bays ‘Don’t Chuck your Shuck’ oyster recycling program which strives to help promote oyster aquaculture in our inland bays.