Animals on Tap
Local craft breweries are partnering with the nonprofit Sacramento Zoo to help you drink local beer with a purpose.
Breweries are taking inspiration from zoo residents when developing new beers that will raise money and community awareness about the Sacramento Zoo and its conservation efforts. Brewers will take into account an animal’s characteristics, eating habits, native habitat and more when concocting the limited batch beers. In addition to quenching your thirst, a portion of the proceeds from the special-edition beers will go to the Sacramento Zoo and to conservation in the wild.
One animal-themed beer will be released per quarter and will include a launch party honoring the species. Cheers!
Animal: Red Panda
Launch Party: March 2, 4 to 9 pm at New Helvetia
RSVP on the Facebook event
Red Panda Beer: Red Panda Beer is best described as a Session Red IPA. Like its namesake the red panda, this beer is small but packs a sharp bite.
New Helvetia Brewing Company is an award-winning craft brewery steeped in the history and community of Sacramento. For them, supporting local is a matter of pride. They have taken their name from the very beginning of Sacramento’s urban roots – New Helvetia was the original name of the settlement founded here by John Sutter in 1839.
Availability: On tap and in bottles at New Helvetia Brewing Co.
Animal: Black and White Ruffed Lemur
Launch Party: June 2 at Yolo Brewing
Beer: Beer ideas are quickly developing
Like great food, craft beer tastes better when you know how it was prepared. At YOLO Brewing Company, every beer they make is handcrafted by their talented brewers! Yolo Brewing Company was founded on the belief that craft beers should enrich your lifestyle and be shared by everyone. Which is why they also offer the ability to create and brew your own craft beer.
Yolo Brewing Company chose the lemur because they are a community oriented animal and their brewery is also community focused. Their owners are local residents who love beer and sharing that beer. They are also one of a very few breweries in the country that invites the community in to brew their own beer and share it with everyone.
Launch Date: Fall
Beer: Great minds are working on big ideas
Sudwerk Brewing Co. has been crafting the finest German style lagers found in California since 1989. Rooted in traditional German brewing practices mixed with an innovative Californian twist, Sudwerk is focused on creating the highest quality craft lagers known to man. The hybrid beer styles can best be described as West Coast craft lagers.
Animal: Snow Leopard
Launch Date: Winter
Beer: Fermenting on beer inspiration
Waterman Brewing is located in Elk Grove, California. The company was founded by Jeff Stilz in 2016 and features a 10-barrel brewhouse, 50+ seat tasting room and an outside patio. Waterman Brewing Company is all about serving fresh, great tasting beers.
To find inspiration for their Animals on Tap beer, each brewery will visit the Sacramento Zoo to learn more about the animal they choose and their stories!
Cheers to all the breweries and their staff, the Greater Sac Chapter of the Association of Zoo Keepers, and beer enthusiasts that helped make this program happen!