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In this post, we wanted to pause and take a look back at what 2020 meant for all of us at Allagash. The common thread was most definitely perseverance in the face of challenges: whether they were facing us as a brewery or our community as a whole. We feel lucky to be able to say that we found quite a few ways to give back where we could. We hope you enjoy this look through the numbers that made 2020 what it was. And thank you, as always, for your support, and for helping us make the most of a distinctly difficult year.

Number of cans of beer we donated to first responders in April of 2020

Gallons of beer, during the early days of the pandemic, that we donated to local distillers to be made into hospital-grade hand sanitizer: 21,173

Number of cardboard cartons we donated to Falmouth Food Pantry for storing food: 7,000

Approximate number of hours our staff spent helping to pack food into those cartons: 100

Number of pounds of local fruit we used for brewing in 2020: 19,240

Number of new packaged beers that we released in 2020: 22

Number of new packaged beers that we released in 2019: 9

Number of Allagash employees that participated in our Giving Tuesday donation drive: 122

Number of different organizations our employees directed their Allagash-funded $100 Giving Tuesday donation to: 99

Number of virtual meetings held by Allagash staff since March 16th, 2020: Haha, yeah right

Number of kilograms of CO2 emissions saved thanks to our carbon emissions offset on every package we ship from our online store: 1,269

Number of oak barrels we sold to local Allagash fans in October, 2020: 300

Amount of money from those barrel sales that we donated to our local elementary school to help them purchase huggable stuffed tigers (to help children with social distancing) and laptops: $6,625

Number of pounds of Maine-grown grain we used in 2020

Number of pounds of Maine-grown grain we pledged to use, per year, by 2021: 1,000,000

Amount we were originally planning to donate to local organizations supporting racial justice and equity in profits from our Black is Beautiful imperial stout: $10,000 

Amount our founder, Rob, decided that we should donate—after a customer called to express their displeasure with us for supporting Black members of our community—using our own funds plus profits from our Black is Beautiful imperial stout: $18,000 

Number of different organizations we supported during our “25 Days of Giving” event—commemorating our 25th anniversary as a brewery—in June: 14

Amount of money raised for local nonprofits during our 25 days of Giving: $8,754

Full dollar amount that we were able to give back to our community during all of 2020: $310,000

Volunteer Time Off hours used by staff during 2021: 710

Number of local producers we were able to feature in our Virtual Stomping Grounds Artisan Showcase: 10

Number of pet pictures submitted to our social media account for a fundraiser in 2020

Brett has been a part of the Allagash Marketing Team since 2016. He's a big fan of sharing the many stories Allagash has to offer through blogs, newsletters, as the host of their podcast, and in intermittent appearances on social media.