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Second Beer in Zoo Brew Series to Focus on African Elephant Conservation

The second of four beers in Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Zipline Brewing Co.’s Zoo Brew Series, African Elephant XPA, will make its debut in Zipline’s tasting room on 
Friday, September 28 and select retail outlets by Saturday, September 29. 

African Elephant XPA, an extra pale ale, is brewed and dry-hopped exclusively with Southern Star hops from South Africa. Drinkers can expect a crisp, bright taste with tangy berry notes. Proceeds generated from African Elephant XPA will directly support and help protect Nigeria’s last remaining herd of elephants. Funds will be allocated toward improving community livelihoods through education and anti-poaching efforts, including providing supplies and training for wardens. 

“This unique partnership is allowing us to connect people to issues that face animals around the world in a new way while increasing the impact we have as a community to help protect them,” said Cheryl Morris, vice president of conservation at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “We had a great response to our Red Panda Wheat and we are really excited to introduce animal and beer lovers to African Elephant XPA.”

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will have free sampling of the new brew at its TreeTops Restaurant on Saturday, September 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Zipline Brewing Co. will host launch parties for African Elephant XPA at its North Downtown Omaha Taproom and at the Brewery in West Lincoln. Both events occur on Friday, 
September 28 from 5 to 10 p.m. Morris will be available at Zipline’s Omaha event to answer questions and inform patrons about the challenges of elephant conservation. Food trucks will be parked at both locations for the events.

The Zoo Brew Series consists of four limited edition beers that focus on conservation efforts of a different endangered animal species. Proceeds from the series will directly support field conservation projects around the globe. Red Panda Wheat, the first beer to launch in the Zoo Brew Series, hit shelves in July and is sold out in Omaha stores. The two remaining beers in the series will be introduced throughout the remainder of 2018 and into 2019. 

“African Elephant XPA is ridiculously crushable; a crisp pale ale with a simple, balanced profile,” said Tom Wilmoth, co-founder of Zipline Brewing Co. “But, the uniqueness of elusive Southern Star hops from South Africa is what sets it apart. Whether you’re a casual beer fan or a total beer dork, you’re going to be happy with this one.”

The Zoo Brew Series will be available for purchase at Zipline Brewing Co., as well as multiple retail outlets in the Zipline distribution territory. 

Visit www.OmahaZoo.com/Zoo-Brew-Series for more information.

Posted by Michelle Meisinger at 11:43 AM