LINCOLN, NE. May 17th, 2024 –Empyrean Brewing Co.®’s Zookeeper® Lemon Kolsch is hitting store shelves for a limited time. Zookeeper® is brewed in support of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. The Kolsch-style ale packs refreshing flavor at 5% alc/vol, making it a great, easy-sipping summer beer.

Empyrean is proud to donate $1 per case from all sales at all retailers to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Super Saver and Russ’s Market have also pledged to match $1 for every Zookeeper® Lemon Kolsch case sold. Last year, $2,723 was raised for the over 400 animals that live in the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

Zookeeper® Lemon Kolsch is available in 6-packs wherever Empyrean Brewing Co.® is sold. You can also find it at various Nebraska summer events in 16-oz cans, including the Lincoln Children’s Zoo Brews at the Zoo events and throughout the Henry Doorly Zoo. The sunny summer beer celebrates the zoo’s animals with a playful giraffe-themed packaging. This year marks the two local organizations’ 6th year of partnership, which first started in 2018.

Jim Engelbart, operations manager at Empyrean Brewing Co. said, “This is one of our more challenging brews due to the large amount of lemon we use, but it’s so fun to execute and worth the effort! The lemon puree really gives it that zesty, fresh flavor you just can’t fabricate. Even better when it’s brewed for a great cause! Given the overwhelming popularity of this laid-back Kolsch style, we decided to keep a good thing going.”

Empyrean Brewing Co. has expanded into nine states since its founding in 1990. The company derives its name from the adventurous spirit of ancient civilizations and uses that philosophy to guide its new offerings. Empyrean currently offers nine core beers available year-round, a line of seasonal beers and a host of specialty and limited-release beers. To learn more, visit empyreanbrewingco.com.

In addition to the financial support, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo receives donations of fresh lettuce cultivated by Avert™ Vertical Cultivations, a hydroponics farm under the umbrella of Telesis, Inc., the parent company of Empyrean Brewing Co.

As home to over 400 animals—40 of which are endangered, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo serves as a place for Nebraska’s youth to learn about animals and the importance of their conservation. Donations are always appreciated to support its ongoing education, conservation and animal care programs. To learn more or donate, visit lincolnzoo.org.


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