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Have a beer, help feed a red panda

DryHop Brewers and Lincoln Park Zoo have teamed up on a beer that will help feed the zoo’s red panda.

Sales of DryHop Brewers‘ new beer “I’m Not a Raccoon” will help pay for the bamboo needed to feed the zoo’s 11-year-old male red panda Tarrei, who looks like a raccoon. The red saison was flavored with mulberry leaves and bamboo, part of the red panda’s diet.

I’m Not a Raccoon” will be released May 7 at DryHop, 3155 N. Broadway. The brewer will donate $1 to the Red Panda Wish List Fund for each pint sold.

The beer also will be available at Zoo-ologie, the signature fundraiser held by the zoo’s auxiliary board. Zoo-ologie is schedule for May 17 at the zoo’s VIP Lounge.

“This is a very fun collaboration with our neighbor DryHop Brewers,” zoo vice president Bryan Anderson said. “They are helping the zoo raise funds for the red panda while doing so in a very unique and tasty way, making exceptional beer with quality ingredients. This is a win-win for animal and beer lovers.”