Lincoln Park Zoo & DryHop Brewers Partner on ‘Chimp Off The Old Block’


Chicago – Lincoln Park Zoo and DryHop Brewers are partnering on the release of a new beer to raise money for the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes. This is the third consecutive year that the zoo and DryHop are collaborating on a beer; in 2015, a Cantaloupe & Clementine Wit was brewed to support the Crowned Lemur Wish List Fund.

On Saturday, May 14, “Chimp Off The Old Block,” an 8.0% Hazelnut & Fig Maibock, will be exclusively released at Zoo-ologie: Urban Zoo-Fari, the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual signature fundraiser. DryHop Brewers Chef de Cuisine Jeff Dysart will also serve a Pork Belly dish with Bourbon Fruit Compote and Rice Pudding to pair with the Maibock that’s only available the night of Zoo-ologie. The beer will then be released at DryHop (3155 N. Broadway) on Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. For each pint of “Chimp Off The Old Block” sold, DryHop will donate a dollar to the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes. More beer release details can be found here.

This year, Lincoln Park Zoo and DryHop Brewers’ collaboration beer is inspired by ingredients from the chimpanzee’s diet and will support the vital research and conservation work to understand and save our closest living relatives. The zoo’s chimpanzees include Hank, Optimus, Kathy, Chuckie, Nana, Cashew, Patrick, Zachary, Cookie, Magadi, and Kibali.

Description: C:\Users\jbraun\Desktop\20081008_201303_01.jpg“This collaboration brings much-needed attention to this imperiled species,” said Director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes Steve Ross. “Our work both at Lincoln Park Zoo and in the field with the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project helps us understand more about our closest living relatives and how we can help conserve them.”

For over a decade, Lincoln Park Zoo scientists have worked to study chimpanzees in their native habitat in Africa as well as those living in zoos and sanctuaries in the United States. Chimpanzees are highly intelligent and adaptable and those living at the Regenstein Center for African Apes have access to touchscreen computer systems, allowing scientists to study their cognition and emotions. This August, the Fisher Center will host the Chimpanzees in Context symposium, a gathering of the world’s preeminent chimpanzee experts, to discuss how best to understand and protect this complex species.

“We love our yearly partnership with Lincoln Park Zoo. This year, we brewed a Hazelnut & Fig Maibock to raise funds to support the care of the zoo’s 11 chimpanzees. Inspired by their diet, this classic German ‘May’ beer gets a facelift with hazelnut and fig. The beer finishes clean and crisp with mild fig, hazelnut, and caramel,” said DryHop Brewers Head Brewer Brant Dubovick.

“Lincoln Park Zoo is thrilled to again partner with DryHop in such a unique and delicious way,” said Debra Rosenberg, Director of Corporate Alliances at Lincoln Park Zoo. “Having DryHop commit funds and support to the animals both in our care and the wild is both encouraging and humbling and to be able to share that with the beer-lovers of Chicago is exceptional.”

“Chimp Off The Old Block” will only be available while it lasts at Zoo-ologie on Saturday, May 14, and at DryHop Brewers, starting Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. Cheers!


Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. A leader in conservation science both globally and locally, the zoo exemplifies the highest quality animal care and educational outreach. The not-for-profit zoo, managed by The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, is a member-supported organization and one of the nation’s only free, privately managed zoos. For more information, call 312-742-2000 or visit


DryHop Brewers is a brewery and kitchen in Chicago, Ill. DryHop brews hop-centric ales, in addition to traditional, Belgian, and experimental craft beers – all only available here at the brewery in East Lakeview, and to-go in DryHop’s 64oz growlers and 32oz crowlers. DryHop’s kitchen showcases the artisanal, neighborhood attitude of the brewery through classic and flavorful fare.

Visiting DryHop is all about being in a brewery, feeling connected to the craft brewing and culinary worlds, and most importantly, feeling a personal connection to a community of craftsman. For more information, visit Follow DryHop on Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram @dryhopchicago.


Zoo-ologie is the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo’s signature fundraiser being held on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The event begins at 8 p.m. and will be held at Lincoln Park Zoo. General admission beings at $135 and tickets are limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

Founded in 1985, the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo is widely recognized as one of Chicago’s most popular fundraising groups. Their efforts have helped support the zoo’s operating costs and to remain free 365 days a year.

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