18 November 2015 - Best Beer HQ
‘Zoo Brew’ craft beer to support Wellington Zoo
Wellington craft brewery Garage Project has created a limited-edition ‘Zoo Brew’ beer in support of Wellington Zoo.
The beer, made in conjunction with the zoo and online auction website Trade Me, will be released this Sunday 22 November at Southern Cross Bar in Te Aro, Wellington. From 2pm, there will be giveaways, auctions, a barbeque and live music to celebrate its release.
Garage Project head brewer Pete Gillespie said Zoo Brew is made with pale malt, sorghum and South African rooibus tea.
“We launched the pilot brew at the zoo up in the African Savannah – and used the area to inspire the beer,” he said. “We were motivated by the zoo’s support of conservation projects around the world, and knew that creating a zoo-inspired brew could be a different way to get involved.”
Wellington Zoo partnerships manager Alicia Harris said the collaboration was a quirky and unconventional way to raise money for Wellington Zoo.
“Working together helps to bring focus to the Zoo’s mission to show how good zoos work to save animals in the wild, and help to raise funds so we can continue to lead the way, connect people with animals and really build that love and support our community have for Wellington Zoo.”
Trade Me spokesman Jeff Hunkin added: “We’re stoked to be teaming up with capital city legends and long-time friends Wellington Zoo, and new friends Garage Project, for this special edition beverage. We think it’s a fun way for a bunch of Wellington organisations to do something cool together and help raise some money for the Zoo along the way.”
The Zoo Brew label has been specifically created by renowned Wellington-based Seraphine Pick. As well as hand-painted bottles, her original art will be auctioned off on Trade Me from today (Wednesday 18 November) to raise money for the zoo.
New Zealand’s first zoo, Wellington Zoo was established in 1906 over 13 hectares in the capital’s green town belt. It is home to more than 500 different animals, including lions, giraffes, meerkats, and tigers.