LINCOLN PARK — DryHop Brewers' latest creation took a cue from the Lincoln Park Zoo's red panda's diet of mulberry and bamboo.
DryHop and the zoo are collaborating for the first time on a beer with the hopes of helping to pay for the bamboo that is a mainstay of his diet.
Sales of the brewery's "I'm Not a Raccoon" Red Saison ale will raise money for the Red Panda Wish List Fund.
For each pint of the beer sold, DryHop will donate a dollar to the wish list fund.
The collaboration plan is to help the zoo purchase $4,500 worth of bamboo needed to feed the animal yearly.
The 6 percent alcohol traditional Belgian farmhouse ale was inspired by the red panda and brewed with mulberry leaves and bamboo, according to DryHop's head brewer Brant Dubovick.
"Added to the boil, the mulberry and bamboo impart flavor and aroma, much like steeping tea leaves," Dubovick said. "The brew is rounded out with tangerine and citrus notes from the use of Mandarina hops and lemongrass in the brewing process."
DryHop is hosting a release at 6 p.m. on May 7 at 3155 N. Broadway.
The beer will be available at DryHop while it lasts and also at the zoo's Zoo-ologie fundraiser May 17.
The Red Panda is vulnerable in its native range due to habitat loss and poaching, according to the zoo.
The zoo participates in the Red Panda Species Survival Plan, which is a conservation effort between zoos around the world.
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