Zipline Brewing Co. is releasing a penguin-themed beer — the third in its series of animal-themed brews made through a partnership with the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

Sales of the Rockhopper Bock will support zoo programs that benefit penguins, including a public awareness campaign discouraging the use of disposable plastics and rescue and rehabilitation efforts for penguins and other seabirds.

Southern Rockhopper penguins are listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. One major threat to their survival is plastic litter, which harms aquatic habitats. An estimated 9 million tons of plastic wind up in the ocean every year, according to the zoo.

“The zoo has been implementing new policies and working with other zoos and aquariums across the country on ocean conservation efforts, and we are excited to further those actions through this fun and unique partnership,” Cheryl Morris, vice president of conservation at the zoo, said in a press release.

The Zipline Rockhopper beer is slightly bitter with a medium body and features a hint of fruitiness. It pairs well with roasted and seared food, mature cheeses and Cajun spices, said Tom Wilmoth, co-founder of Zipline. The beer will be available in select retail outlets and Zipline tasting rooms beginning Jan. 25.

Zipline is hosting release parties for the beer at all three of its retail locations, including the Omaha taproom, 721 N. 14th St., beginning at 5 p.m. Jan 25. Zoo staff will be on-hand in Omaha to answer questions about the challenges of ocean conservation.

Previous installments in Zipline and the zoo’s “Zoo Brew” series are the Red Panda Wheat and African Elephant XPA. The fourth and final beer will be released this spring.

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