Announcing ZIPA, a community ale to benefit Freedom Service Dogs

Breckenridge Brewery, through its longstanding partnership with Freedom Service Dogs (FSD), has created a new IPA called ‘ZIPA’ (pronounced Zippah) to raise awareness and funds for the organization which will help offset the cost of training their newest chocolate labrador puppy trainee- Zipper.

“We’ve been a fan and supporter of Freedom Service Dogs for many years. When Zipper entered FSD’s training program, they came to us with the idea to make a beer in honor of Zipper that helps support FSD’s program,” said Terry Usry, Breckenridge Brewery Communications Manager. “We have long shared their mission of helping veterans with disabilities, so we were thrilled with the opportunity. This west coast IPA is one with personality and purpose, just like Zipper.”

For the next year, Breckenridge Brewery will donate $1 to Freedom Service Dogs for every ZIPA pour at the Farm House restaurant at its Littleton brewery and at its brewpub in Breckenridge. These dollars will help supplement the cost of training Zipper and other service dogs in training. FSD estimates that it costs an average of $30,000 to custom train each of their dogs for clients. The trained service dogs are given to clients with disabilities at no charge.

“Freedom Service Dogs is honored to have this extraordinary opportunity to partner with Breckenridge Brewery and beyond grateful for the support they have provided over the years,” stated Michele Ostrander, Freedom Service Dogs President & CEO.

In addition, FOX31 Problem Solvers: Serving Those Who Serve has teamed up with Freedom Service Dogs of America to share what it takes to raise a puppy to eventually be a service dog -- the kind that is invaluable to veterans in need. His journey is being chronicled in the series.

“Zipper is a wonderful little dog who will spend his whole life helping our Colorado veterans” said Joan Barrett, VP and General Manager of FOX 31. “He’s a celebrity, a patriot, and now he even has his own beer.”

Zipper will be making two appearances at the Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton this weekend to launch his ale. On Friday afternoon, May 19th, at 4:00 he’ll trot in to oversee the official tapping in of ZIPA. He’ll be back Sunday, May 21, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to greet people in the beer garden as they sample ZIPA. The first 50 who sample his beer on Sunday will receive a Farm House dog biscuit, made with spent grain from the brewery, to bring home to their pups.

Zipper has already made a trip to Breckenridge Brewery & Pub in Breckenridge to check in with brewer Jimmy Walker on the recipe. The brewpub will tap in ZIPA this Friday at 4:00 p.m. as well.