What is the most important ingredient in beer? At Ankrolab Brewing Company in Naples, Florida, brewers realize that the quality of the beer they create depends on good quality water.
While the folks at Ankrolab recognize the importance of water for their beer, they also have a passion for helping Florida birds and the places they need. Wetlands naturally improve water quality by filtering out pollutants while providing crucial habitat for many nesting birds including the Roseate Spoonbill. Spoonbills rely on healthy wetlands to find an abundance of prey to feed growing chicks, while humans benefit from wetlands for flood protection and aquifer recharge services.
Across Florida, however, many wetlands have already been degraded, and now climate change is threatening freshwater sources in a variety of ways. High temperatures cause water loss through evaporation, while changes in rainfall patterns and sea level rise are resulting in saltwater intrusion into our water table. For these reasons and many others, Audubon Florida encourages the support and adoption of natural climate solutions that mitigate climate change to help ensure that our communities have access to clean water for years to come.
In recognition of Roseate Spoonbills, natural climate solutions, and the importance of water, Ankrolab Brewing Company will release a new craft beer called Spoonbill Ale starting on November 6. Available for a limited time only, the ale will be flavored with mango and guava and steeped with dragon fruit powder to give it a “rosy” hue. In honor of the release, Ankrolab will make a donation to Audubon Florida to support natural climate solutions work.
“Audubon Florida appreciates the awareness that Ankrolab Brewing Co brings to the table when it comes to protecting Florida’s natural spaces. It’s important that we continue to advocate for policies that utilize natural climate solutions for the sake of birds, like the Roseate Spoonbill, and beer!” says Halle Goldstein, Audubon Florida Conservation Organizer.