This new Salt Lake City beer is for the birds.
Or, at least, the bird. Namely, Andy the Andean condor.
Andy Ale, a black rye saison, was created to celebrate the 60th birthday of Tracy Aviary’s most famous resident. Of course, a portion of the sales will be donated to the aviary to help all its feathered friends.
The beer was unveiled Wednesday during a special 21-and-older “bird-day” party at the venue inside Liberty Park, 589 E. 1300 South. It will be available to the public beginning Thursday in the bottle shop at Toasted Barrel Brewery, 412 W. 600 North, Salt Lake City. A 12-ounce bottle is $2.99.
Jackie Kolwowski, the aviary’s senior bird show trainer, and her sister Rachel Kolwowski, a Utah artist, approached Toasted Barrel brewers Eric Albers and Laura George several months ago about the birthday beer possibilities.
It was an easy pitch, since Andy has more than 13,000 Facebook followers and fans from around the world. He has even been featured in National Geographic.
For the brew, Toasted Barrel sourced malts from Andy’s home region of Patagonia and created a black beer with a white head to match the condor’s distinct coloring. The result is a smooth beer with a creamy, light body. It has aromas of chocolate and notes of clove.
This specialty brew registers 6.3 percent alcohol by volume and features a sketch of the massive bird on the bottle.