Saturday, April 24, 2021

Martin House, Fort Worth Zoo come together for elephant conservation

Image credit: Martin House Brewing Co.

Martin House Brewing Co. of Fort Worth has announced a new partnership with the Fort Worth Zoo, as the brewery will release a beer celebrating the zoo's newest exhibit, Elephant Springs.

The two entities first came together in the spring of 2018, when the zoo opened its African Savanna enclosure. In that instance, Martin House created a wheat beer with kiwano fruit called Into the Wild, which helped bring awareness to the plight of the endangered black rhino.

African Savanna also introduced the zoo's "A Wilder Vision" campaign, an initiative designed to create "new ways to observe, interact and learn about animals." Elephant Springs, which opened on April 15, represents phase two of that program, with the new area designed especially for Asian elephants and greater one-horned rhinos.

As for Elephant Springs (5.2% ABV), the beer, Martin House has taken one of its original recipes, River House Saison, and added a favorite treat of elephants - blueberries. And, if memories of River House are any indication (the beer was a stylistic favorite back in the day), this blueberry variant promises to be a light and refreshing springtime drinker.

A launch party for Elephant Springs will be held at the brewery on Saturday, May 1. Admission is free, with the beer to be available on tap and in packaged form. Can purchases (in singles or four-packs of 16-ounce tallboys) will help with elephant conservation efforts, as Martin House has pledged to donate 25% of all can sales to an elephant-centric charity of the zoo's choosing.

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