FORT COLLINS, CO – A glass filled with beer is joyous any time of year, but add a splash of philanthropic giving and it tastes even better. New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is giving back during the gift-giving season by offering beer globe glasses that benefit nonprofit organizations.
Each winterized two-pack gift box is available for $8.99, with $1.00 from each purchase going to one of four participating beneficiaries. Visitors to www.newbelgium.com can select “The Glass That Gives” to purchase glassware and designate which organization they would like to support.
New for 2011, New Belgium will roll out smaller 12/14 oz. glasses (12 ounces to the line, 14 ounces to the top) in addition to the classic 16/18 oz. globes (16 ounces to the line, 18 ounces to the top). Many bars will also feature the glasses with a new rack specifically designed for the New Belgium globes.
The nonprofits benefitting from “The Glass That Gives” program include:
- Water Keeper Alliance (www.waterkeeper.org), whose mission is to provide a way for communities to stand up for their right to clean water and for the wise and equitable use of water resources, both locally and globally.
- People for Bikes (www.peopleforbikes.org), whose mission is to make bicycling safer, more convenient, and appealing to everyone.
- Organic Farming Research Foundation (www.ofrf.org), whose mission is to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems.
- Save the Colorado Foundation (www.savethecolorado.org), which is focused on supporting environmental organizations working to protect and restore the endangered Colorado River.
In addition, New Belgium is asking people to upload images of themselves with their New Belgium glassware to New Belgium’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/newbelgium). For every photo uploaded, New Belgium will donate $1.00 to one of the selected nonprofits. Even better, every time it snows in Ft. Collins, New Belgium will handpick a few fans who have uploaded to receive their own glassware.
New Belgium’s globes, which were first introduced in 2009, continue to fly off the shelves. Built from stem to lip to enhance the beer tasting experience, the globe shape captures and directs the beer’s aromas toward the nose, while a narrow opening benefits the foam; the logo etching on the bottom of the glass provides nucleation, designed to refresh and release flavors and create a continuous stream of bubbles; and it is all balanced atop a sturdy stem to keep hands from warming the beer and to allow for unobstructed viewing pleasure.
“The Glass that Gives program is a great way to give a stellar gift to the beer drinker in your life while giving financial support to a worthy cause,” said New Belgium Brewing Spokesperson Bryan Simpson. “It’s like double dipping on gift-giving.”
Visit New Belgium’s holiday party at www.newbelgium.com to buy globes and other goodies. The glassware will be available from November 1 to December 31.