Our 5th annual beer collaboration with Lincoln Park Zoo publicly debuts on Wednesday, May 16 at 5pm! This year’s beer, “Coco Loro,” a Coconut Milk Stout with Puerto Rican spiced rum flavors was brewed to support Puerto Rican parrot conservation as this species’ habitat was devastated from Hurricane Maria this past fall.
For more than a decade, Lincoln Park Zoo has been working to ensure the survival of the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrot using science-based methodology. After the wild population of Puerto Rican parrots fell to about 24 birds in 1967 due to poaching, habitat loss, hurricanes and competition for nesting cavities, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) initiated the Puerto Rican Parrot Re...covery Program. Beginning captive breeding with 13 parrots in 1972, the program has been successful in bolstering the population to about 700 birds at two aviaries and three wild-release sites in Puerto Rico.
“Coco Loro” was inspired by the exotic home of Puerto Rican parrots, specifically the flavors of spiced rum. “Coco” translates to “coconut” in Spanish, while “Loro” translates to “parrot,” a homage to the parrots’ native Puerto Rican habitat. To start, we amped up a traditional Milk Stout with orange peel and lactose sugar in the boil. This lends citrus notes and a silky and creamy mouthfeel. Then, the beer was dry spiced post-fermentation with a wicked combination of Puerto Rican spiced sum flavors including toasted coconut, cinnamon, fresh ginger, and vanilla bean.
For each pint of “Coco Loro” sold, we will donate a dollar to Lincoln Park Zoo’s critical work to help save Puerto Rican parrots from extinction.