Update: Terrestrial Brewing To Tap a New Beer That'll Help Save the Spotted Turtles

Courtesy of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Update: As a follow-up to last year’s special release porter that supported spotted turtle research, Terrestrial Brewing Company will tap its latest libation, I Am Still Saving the Turtles Pale Ale, on Thursday, May 9.

“This year, we are brewing an easy-drinking dry hopped pale ale with peachy and tropical notes,” says Terrestrial Co-Founder and Chief Brewing Officer Ralph Sgro in a press release about the event. “Everyone at Terrestrial is an animal lover, so we have chosen animal conservation causes as a way to give back to this community that has been so supportive of our brewery.”

The May 9 launch party begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but the beers will cost you.

If you can’t make the event, no worries. The I Am Still Saving the Turtles Pale Ale will be available on tap at Terrestrial Brewing Company throughout spring and summer.

“We plan to put the original I Love It When I Save the Turtles Porter back in rotation in the fall,” says Sgro. “The chocolate-y carmel-and-pecan porter was a hit, but we thought we’d try something a little more quaffable for the warmer weather.”

Original Post 3/26/2018: Thanks to declining water quality, loss of habitat, poaching and an increase in natural predators, the spotted turtle has become so difficult to find in Northeast Ohio that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife has listed the shallow wetlands turtle as a threatened species that should be “vigorously protected.”

Because of its endangered status, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium works with the Wild4Ever Foundation and numerous other regional environmental and educational agencies to help keep the turtles alive.

Earlier today, the Aquarium announced a partnership with Terrestrial Brewing Company, which will produce a special beer (dubbed “I Love It When I Save the Turtles Porter”) to contribute to the cause.

They'll celebrate its release with a special event that takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at the brewery.  

“You can consume to help conserve,” says Ralph Sgro, Terrestrial’s co-founder and Chief Brewing Officer, in a press release. “We recognize that we share this planet with other creatures and highlighting the positive and negative impact people can have on a co-inhabitant’s struggle to survive is something the whole team here could really get behind."

Sgro's artist wife Stephie created an original watercolor to commemorate the beer. A summer beach cleanup and a fall conservation-focused SPOTD fundraiser are also in the works. Terrestrial will put the porter on tap a few times throughout the year, donating $1 from every pint sold to the Splash Fund, the Aquarium’s nonprofit arm focused on "education outreach, beach cleanup and the spotted turtle headstarting program."

“From forgoing a plastic straw to taking a shorter shower, small decisions we make every single day do impact the world we and other animals live in,” says Greater Cleveland Aquarium GM and Splash Fund Director Tami Brown. “Admittedly, choosing to drink a beer from a local brewery as a contribution to the monitoring, incubation, rearing and tracking of an imperiled native species is one of the more fun options that comes to mind.”

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