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Shedd Aquarium, Revolution Brewing Team Up For Second Year

 Penguin Hops, a beer brewed with hops grown at the Shedd Aquarium, goes went sale at Revolution Brewing on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
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LOGAN SQUARE — For the second year in a row, Revolution Brewing will offer up Penguin Hops, a special beer brewed with hops grown at Chicago's very own Shedd Aquarium.

Like last year, Revolution's brewers will take Shedd's hops and make them into a harvest ale, so named because it's made from fresh hops within three days of harvesting.

They dubbed the beer Penguin Hops, and, for each pint sold, donated $1 to the Shedd's conservation programs, raising $2,500 overall.

“We jumped at the chance to continue our collaboration with Shedd this year,” said Revolution Brewing's Josh Deth in a news release. “With the overwhelming success of last year’s brew, we were excited to help the city’s aquarium craft a new batch of Penguin Hops to support the important conservation work they do.”

Shedd's hops are again expected to yield about 25 kegs of the stuff, which will be available at the Revolution Brewpub and the Revolution Brewing Tap Room beginning Oct. 16.

After last year's impromptu brew went so well, Shedd spokeswoman Elisa Waugh said they opted to go back to Revolution Brewing rather than try another local brewery.

"We had such great success working with Revolution that we keep going back to them, and we love doing it," she said.

She and Revolution spokeswoman Kim Elsham said there are no plans for next year's installment of what could be turning into a Chicago tradition.

"We're only working on year two right now, so we're not thinking about year three yet," Elsham said. "We're just excited for the second year."