Brewery brings together butterflies and beer

1:02 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
(Photo Credit: Odell Brewing)
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KUSA - A mysterious, hops-loving blue butterfly rarely seen in the wild is the inspiration behind a new beer that brewers hope will fund more research on the species.

"The hops blue butterfly (Celastrina humulus) is only found in a handful of counties along Colorado's Front Range where it spends much of its time in moist drainages that support its host plant, wild hops," Robert Schorr of the Colorado Natural Heritage Program said in a statement.

On May 18, Odell Brewing will team up with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program to introduce the Celastrina Saison beer.

For every bottle sold, Odell's will donate $1 towards butterfly research.

Odell's describes the beer as "a crisp French-style Saison with hints of spice derived only from the hops used."

Celastrina humulus appear from mid-June to early July. According to, one of the last sighting of the butterfly was in June 2011.

Odell says the beer will be released in the taproom. For more information, visit:

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