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Red Panda Wheat will be the first beer introduced as part of the Zoo Brew Series, a collaboration between Zipline Brewing Co. and Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

Zipline Brewing Co. has announced another specialty beer collaboration.

The Lincoln-based brewery and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Friday announced they are partnering for a Zoo Brew Series, consisting of four limited-edition beers that will begin launching in July.

Each beer will focus on conservation efforts of a different animal species, with proceeds directly supporting field conservation projects around the globe.

Red Panda Wheat, brewed with red wheat and bamboo shoots (a favorite food of red pandas), is the first beer in the series to be introduced and will launch at the zoo's Brew at the Zoo event on July 14.

Proceeds from Red Panda Wheat will support red panda conservation in Asia, by funding the replanting of bamboo food sources and providing economic alternatives and educational programs to people living in red panda habitats.

“The Zoo Brew Series is a fun and unique way to bring awareness to conservation issues facing some of our amazing animal species," said Cheryl Morris, the vice president of conservation at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. "We believe this partnership will reach more people that want to be a part of saving animals and their habitats around the world.”

Three other beers will follow throughout the remainder of 2018 and into 2019. Among those slated for release are an India Pale Ale produced exclusively with hard-to-find South African hops.

"We relish the opportunity to work with the Zoo and to help engage its members to raise awareness of the needs of these animals,” said Tom Wilmoth, Zipline co-founder.

This is Zipline's second beer collaboration announcement in less than two weeks. Last month, it announced it was teaming up with Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing to release two beers made with hop dust.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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