Madison brewery creates limited-edition ale using local honey for Earth Day

Portions of sales from the "Bee Better Have My Honey" ale will be donated to the Clean Lakes Alliance and the Henry Vilas Zoo.
Bee Better Have My Honey ale packaged in a four pack with yellow and black labeling
Bee Better Have My Honey will be sold in cans at 28 locations. Photo Courtesy of Hop Haus Brewing Company

Hop Haus Brewing Co. and Honeybee Cannabis Co. have teamed up for Earth Day to create a limited-edition ale in support of the Clean Lakes Alliance and the Henry Vilas Zoo.

The beer — named “Bee Better Have My Honey” — uses honey from Honeybee Cannabis Company to produce a blonde ale.

“We like to experiment with different ingredients in small batches of beer to hopefully find something exciting for our community,” Hop Haus owner Phil Hoechst says in a release. “As a local brewery, being able to use a local product to help local organizations made us excited about this project.”

Hop Haus canned and kegged a limited amount of the beer to be sold on tap at 27 locations, plus in four packs at 28 stores. A portion of each sale will be donated back to the Clean Lakes Alliance and the Henry Vilas Zoo.

“Greater Madison’s lakes and our fantastic Henry Vilas Zoo are important to me,” Honeybee Cannabis Co. President Wade Woods says. “The more attention we can call to the lakes and the zoo, the more people will consider them year-round.”

Hop Haus aims to double contributions each organization received from a similar fundraiser the brewery held last year.

A list of locations where the beer is available will be posted on Hop Haus’ Instagram. They are hosting a beer release party at The Biergarten at Olbrich Park on Friday.