Empyrean Releases Fundraiser IPA for children’s Zoo Expansion

Empyrean Brewing Co. is a proud to call Lincoln, Nebraska home. Each year, we donate to multiple non-profit organizations and local causes through our charitable contributions program. This summer we are adding to those efforts by brewing a limited edition beer to directly support the expansion project at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

“I have fond memories spending the summers of my youth at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo,” said Empyrean Head Brewer Rich Chapin. “I’m proud our brewery can help advance the Zoo for both my grandchildren and the next generation.”

Expanding the Lincoln Children’s Zoo isn’t about square footage — it’s about experiences with animals, learning, play opportunities and year-round access. Similarly, Empyrean Brewing Co. strives for more than simply brewing a good beer — it’s about creating an adventure, expanding the imagination and discovering something unusual.

Chapin said, “We couldn’t help but wonder, what if the animals ran the zoo?”

And with that, role-reversal became the inspiration for both the beer name and artwork. Zookeeper IPA packaging depicts two highly anticipated additions to the Zoo, a giraffe and a spider monkey, alongside a red panda, driving a safari vehicle they undoubtedly stole from the coming tiger exhibit.

“With enthusiastic dispositions, our motley crew of zookeepers are off to… well that’s for you to ponder,” Chapin says with a smile.

Zookeeper IPA will be available throughout Lincoln and in surrounding areas as draft and 6-pack bottles as early as May 24th – to coincide with Lincoln Beer Week. Proceeds come from a collaboration between Empyrean Brewing Company and K&Z Distributing, with matching donations from Super Saver and Russ’s Market.

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