Beer is Love

Our Beer Is Love program is just that. We believe we can help others do good by using beer as the liquid to bring people together.

 

Our program offers beer donations to registered 501(c)3 non-profit organizations throughout every community where our beer is sold and enjoyed. Beer is Love supports non-profits doing work in five core categories: animals, arts & music, equality, outdoors, women, and local schools.

How to Apply

Click on the corresponding state at the bottom of this page and read your state’s alcohol donation laws.

If you agree to follow your state’s laws, fill out our donation request form.

Complete the form with as much detail as possible. The valid requests we receive are reviewed under our program criteria.

We donate to organizations that fit the following

Categories

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Animals

We love all animals, but we take interest in humane societies caring for dogs and cats. 

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Arts & Music

Ninkasi was built on creative expression and to Perpetuate Better Living through this.

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Social Equality

In our space, everyone is welcome. We strive for inclusion and equality.

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Outdoors

If you are helping the environment or playing outside, we want to support it!

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Women

A subcategory of social inequality, we put emphasis on women and gender equality.

By the State

Beer Donation Laws

Please note beer donation laws and our lead-times vary by state. Please view the guidelines below. We are currently only able to donate in states in which we distribute.

Alaska Donation Laws
The Beer is Love Program donates to 501(c)3 organizations.

We require a two week lead time on donation requests!

  • Beer is sold at the event for fundraising purposes
  • There is an admission price to get into the event

** The application must be submitted at least 10 days before the event **

Can a non-profit auction or raffle beer?
No. Only wine auctions are allowed

Can a non-profit use an accounts license?

Yes, with a Catering Permit or Restaurant Caterer’s Dinner Permit.

  • Important Note: The donated beer cannot go from licensee to non-profit back to a license
  • For more info, contact the Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office

Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office

Arizona Donation Laws
The Beer is Love Program donates to 501(c)3 organizations.

We require a two week lead time on donation requests!

When does a non-profit need a Special Event License (SEL)?
If alcohol is stored, served or provided at the event, a SEL in needed.
** The application must be submitted at least 10 days before the event **

Can a non-profit use beer as an auction item?
Yes! The organization must obtain a Special Event License.

Can a non-profit use an account’s license instead of obtaining a SEL?
No. Since the non-profit is profiting from the event, the organization must obtain its own license. There are no exceptions to this rule.

ADLLC

California Donation Laws
The Beer is Love Program donates to 501(c)3 organizations.

We require a two week lead time on donation requests!

When does a non-profit need a Special Daily License (SDL)?

If there is profit of any kind, and alcohol is involved, a SDL is needed.

  • Beer is sold at the event (direct payment, beer tickets, etc.)
  • There is an admission price to get to the event
  • Attendance is open to the general public

** The application must be submitted at least 10 days before the event **

Can a non-profit use beer as an auction item?
The ABC has guidelines for who can auction/raffle beer. If your non-proft qualifies, you must obtain a Special Temporary License ($100).

Can a non-profit use an account’s license instead of obtaining a SDL?
It depends. The account has to surrender its license where the donated beer is served. The ABC recommends the non-profit obtain a SDL.

I want to pour at an event. What license type is needed?
The non-profit must obtain a Type 37 Daily On-Sale General License.

ABC

Colorado Donation Laws

The Beer is Love Program donates to 501(c)3 organizations.

We require a two week lead time on donation requests!

When do I need a Special Events Permit?
When beer is used for hospitality of fundraising purposes.

  • Beer cannot be sold “by the drink” under this permit

** Only non-profits can apply. The application must be submitted at least 30 days before the event **

What if they want to sell beer “by the drink”?
The organization must purchase the beer from the distributor.

  • Beer can be sold at laid-in cost

Can we donate beer to an event at a licensed location?
Yes! The wholesaler must provide a “zero-cost invoice” to be on-premise license with the name and product donated, the name of the non-profit, and the date of the event.

CO Department of Revenue

Idaho Donation Laws
The Beer is Love Program donates to 501(c)3 organizations.

We require a two week lead time on donation requests!

When does a non-profit need a Beer/Wine Permit?

If there is a profit of any kind, and alcohol is involved, a permit is needed.

  • Beer is sold at the event (direct payment, beer tickets, etc.)
  • There is an admission price to get into the event
  • Beer is used as a raffle or auction item

** The application must be submitted at least 14 days before the event **

Can a non-profit use an account’s license instead of getting a permit?
No. Since the non-profit is profiting from the event, the organization must obtain its own license. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Idaho ABC

Oregon Donation Laws
The Beer is Love Program donates to 501(c)3 organizations.

We require a two week lead time on donation requests!

When does a non-profit need a Temporary Sales License (TSL)?
If there is profit of any kind, and alcohol is involved, a TSL is needed?

  • Beer is sold at the event (direct payment, beer tickets, etc.)
  • There is an admission price to get into the event

** The application must be submitted at least 14 days before the event **

Can a non-profit auction or raffle beer?
Yes! The organization must obtain an OLCC Auction/Raffle Permit

Can a non-profit use an accounts license?
It depends. If a non-profit plans to have an event at a licensed account, we require that they speak directly with the OLCC before we can commit to the donation

OLCC

Washington Donation Laws
The Beer is Love Program donates to 501(c)(3) organizations.

We require a two week lead time on donation requests!

When does a non-profit need a Special Occasion License (SOL)?
If there is profit of any kind, and alcohol is involved, a SOL is needed.

Beer is sold at the event (direct payment, beer tickets, etc.)

  • There is an admission price to get into the event
  • Beer is used as a raffle or auction item

**The application must be submitted at least 45 days before the event**

What about a Banquet Permit?
A non-profit cannot accept donations of liquor under this permit.

Can a non-profit use an account’s license instead of obtaining a SOL?
No. Since the non-profit is profiting from the event, the organization must obtain its own license. There are no exceptions to this rule.

WA Liquor Board

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