West Sixth Brewing Co. and Taste of Belgium Short Vine are teaming up for a "Hops for Hippos" fundraiser to benefit the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. The event, set for 6 p.m. Feb. 6, will raise money for the zoo's planned hippo exhibit and is part of the brewery's 6th for a Cause program.
West Sixth of Lexington, Ky., will take over the taps at the Belgian eatery in Cincinnati, offering its IPA, Amber, Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter and Transylvania Tripel, a Belgian-style beer that has never been released in Cincinnati before.
Taste of Belgium will donate 6 percent of sales to the zoo and West Sixth will match that contribution. Zoo Director Thane Maynard, Chief Operating Officer Dave Jenike and other zoo representatives will attend to talk about the project and bartend. There also will be a raffle and a commerative glass.
The hippo project is part of the zoo's $33 million Africa exhibit. The hippo exhibit has been estimated to cost $7 million. Last month, the zoo said it still needed to raise $6 million.
West Sixth began 6th for a Cause "to realize the mission of not only brewing great beers but also having a positive affect on the community," a news release says. The partnership with Taste of Belgium is the first 6th for a Cause event held outside the brewery's taproom in Lexington.