Monday, May 04, 2015

Griffin Claw To Tap Actual Zoo Brew At May 7th Zoo Brew Event At the Detroit Zoo

Written by  Paul Starr
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For the first time this year, Griffin Claw Brewing Co. will be among the breweries participating May 7 in Zoo Brew, the popular beer tasting event hosted by the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.
And the owners don’t take that invitation lightly. Griffin Claw’s Scott LePage said the brewery is working on something special for the sold-out crowd at this week’s event – a Zoo Brew.

Griffin Claw Master Brewer Dan Rogers created a beer with a name worthy of the event itself. Zoo Brew is an amber ale brewed with European hops. It’s a recipe Rogers has perfected and revised since his earlier days in the industry at Michigan Brewing Co. The style chosen came from a request by organizers at the Detroit Zoo. Rogers has taken full advantage of Griffin Claw’s high efficiency Muera Mash filter system in creating the recipe. Beer fans can expect a light biscuit and caramel malt flavor. Zoo Brew clocks in at 5.5 percent alcohol by volume.

Brewed fresh April 7, LePage called Zoo Brew “a collaborative effort” between the brewery and Powers Distributing Co. in Orion Township. For the time being the beer will be available first to lucky ticket-holders attending the May 7 event, then throughout the year at the Detroit Zoo. A portion of proceeds from beer sold at the zoo will be donated back to support the Detroit Zoo.

Also on May 7, LePage said those who visit the Griffin Claw Brewing Co. will have a chance to order Zoo Brew. “The beer will debut in the taproom Thursday to coincide with the event,” he said. For now, the beer will be available on draft only.

About Powers Distributing
Powers Distributing was established in 1939 and is currently owned and operated by company co-presidents Robert and Gerald Powers. Powers Distributing has over 200 employees and 45 trucks managing 85 brands through 30 different supplier relationships across Oakland and Macomb Counties. Powers Distributing and its many suppliers strongly oppose illegal underage drinking, and for decades have played an active role by teaming with parents and educators to implement programs that help prevent underage access and illegal underage drinking. Powers Distributing is located at 3700 Giddings Road, Orion Township, Mich. 48359. For more information about Powers Distributing visit, and visit Powers on Facebook, Twitter @PowersDist, and Pinterest.
Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.