TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Something is brewing in the depths of Tampa Bay: sharks, and beer meant to save those sharks.
In the past year, Coppertail Brewing co. and The Florida Aquarium teamed up to brew beer for conservation efforts. In May 2018, they released the “Coral Haze” to help save Florida’s endangered coral reefs. In September, the “Sea Turtle Sour” was dedicated to rescue and rehabilitate endangered sea turtles in the state.
Now, the “Sand Tiger Stout,” a smooth nitro stout. is meant to help save the endangered sand tiger sharks. Every dollar from every pint sold will help fund The Florida Aquarium’s mission, “including the education and awareness of the importance of sand tiger sharks in maintaining the health of our oceans and preserving this threatened species,” according to a joint statement.
Sand tiger sharks are found around the world, and in the Gulf of Mexico. Florida wildlife officials said the species are prohibited from harvest in state waters. According to National Geographic, the species has one of the lowest reproduction rates of all sharks.
The Sand Tiger Stout will officially be tapped Friday, March 15 during a launch party at Coppertail Brewing Co., located at 2601 East 2nd Avenue. The party starts at 3:30 p.m. For additional details, head over to the Facebook event.