Gimmicks have become an integral part of the modern craft beer landscape, with everything from beer made from yeast culled from a brewer’s beer to ingredients shot into the upper atmosphere and then retrieved, to beer made from recycled music festival urine. And beyond the headline-grabbing elements, most forays into the unusual typically all come down to one thing: does the beer actually taste good?
We’ll reserve that judgement to a case-by-case basis (and are happy to take volunteers to try that recycled pee beer). And hey, brewers are a quirky bunch—gimmicks are part of the game, and most brewers embrace their weirdness. But they’re also tapping into their altruistic impulses as well, using high-quality craft beer to support worthy causes, from environmental causes to medical issues to measured responses to the Trump administration’s new initiatives.
Here are a handful of beers that were crafted with the hopes of giving back to the community that has supported them for so long. Bonus: they also taste really freakin’ good.