Awww. Listermann Brewing Co. has a soft spot for a baby hippo.
The Cincinnati brewery is releasing Team Fiona, a New England-style IPA, to honor and help a hippo born premature earlier this year at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.
The hazy beer, which clocks in at 6.2 percent alcohol by volume, will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft at the brewery starting at 10 a.m. June 10. It will be available at select retailers starting June 12.
The cans feature a photo of Fiona's gray and pink mug. The four-packs will sell for $14.99, with 25 percent of the proceeds benefiting Fiona.
The hippo was born Jan. 17 and was six weeks premature, weighing only 29 pounds when a typical baby is anywhere from 55 to 100 pounds. She required 24-hour care at first, but now weighs 254 pounds, the zoo reported this week. (Need Fiona updates? The zoo offers them online. Just click here.)
“One of my fondest childhood memories is going to the zoo with my family so it is a dream come true to be able to collaborate with the zoo," Listermann general manager Jason Brewer said in a prepared statement. "The people there are fantastic and the conservation work they do is world class. Watching Fiona grow up has been a true joy. Knowing that our beer will be helping her is going to make this even more special for us."
No one should be surprised by Listermann's fondness for a hippo. The brewery is dog friendly and even invited a penguin to one of its beer festivals.
Zookeepers helped create the Team Fiona beer and the zoo produced a video of the process.
“I actually thought the idea of a Team Fiona beer was a joke at first, but after hearing about all the Fiona fans at Listermann’s, I knew we had something brewing,” zoo Vice President of Marketing and Communications Chad Yelton said in a prepared statement. “We love creative partnerships like this one where we can take their passion for local craft beer and blend it with our passion for animals. Similar to the old Who Dey cans from the 80’s, we anticipate Team Fiona beer being a collector’s item."
Check out the video below: