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Bays Brewery new ale, Funky Monkey

Paignton Zoo and Bays Brewery launch ‘Funky Monkey’ charity ale for wildlife conservation

Paignton Zoo, in collaboration with Bays Brewery, is excited to announce the launch of its latest charity brew, ‘Funky Monkey’.

This special-edition charity ale is the newest addition to a series of limited-edition ‘animal’ ales, a unique initiative by Paignton Zoo and Bays Brewery that has raised over £27,000 for endangered species so far.

This will be the eleventh guest ale the local brewery has created for the zoo. While drinkers raise their glass they will also be raising funds for Wild Planet Trust – the conservation charity that owns Paignton Zoo – with 10p donated per pint sold.

This year’s theme is inspired by the zoo’s plans for ‘Hamadryas Hill’, a brand-new home for their troop of baboons that will allow visitors to see them inside and out.

This collaboration follows a series of successful charity brews – including last year’s ‘Wild 100’, which celebrated the zoo’s centenary year – and other favourites such as Orangutan Ale, Crocod-ale, and Trunk Ale. Each of these brews contributes 5% of all proceeds to the charity’s mission of helping halt species decline.

Peter Salmon, Director of Bays Brewery, said:

“We brewed our very first charity brew with Paignton Zoo back in 2013, and are delighted to be teaming up with one another once again in 2024 with a beer inspired by its cheekiest animal residents.”

Katie White, Wild Planet Trust’s Corporate Relationships Manager, commented:

“We are thrilled to be working with Bays again for another zoo-themed guest ale. Our partnership with this local business has proved immensely valuable in raising vital funds for our charitable mission to help halt species decline.”

The copper-coloured pale ale is now available to purchase directly from Bays as well Paignton Zoo’s Island Restaurant.