Harpoon Creating New Beer to Benefit the Pan-Mass Challenge

'Harpoon PMC' will be available on draft at the Harpoon beer hall starting in July.


Harpoon brewers Jamie Schier and Jamie Rudavsky. Photo provided

On July 7, Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), will be joining the Harpoon Brewery staff to brew sixty kegs worth of a special, limited release offering, “Harpoon PMC beer,” on Harpoon’s brew deck. The Harpoon PMC beer will be a light ale (5% ABV) brewed with lemon zest, pineapple, coriander, and Wakatu hops from New Zealand. Between July 21 and August 1 the beer will be on tap exclusively at the Harpoon Beer Hall with one dollar of each pint sold donated to the Pan-Mass Challenge.

The Pan-Mass Challenge was founded in 1980 by Starr, a cyclist who created the annual bike-a-thon to help raise money for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research. Since its inception, the PMC has raised $414 million for charity, more than any other athletic event in the U.S.

On August 2 and 3, Harpoon quality control manager Jamie Schier and brewer Jamie Rudavsky will be among the 5,800 Pan-Mass cyclists who will ride up to 190 miles in an effort to raise $40 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Schier and Rudavsky will ride as part of Team FORZA-G in honor friends and family lost to cancer.

On Aug. 2, Harpoon PMC beer will also be available to Pan-Mass participants as they recharge their bodies on the lawn at Mass Maritime Academy. Since 1998, Harpoon has been pouring hundreds of kegs for Pan-Mass cyclists in Sturbridge, Bourne, and Provincetown.

July 7, 11 a.m. to noon, 306 Northern Ave., Boston; 617-456-2322 or harpoonbrewery.com.