“Drink a Beer, Save A Species”

“Drink a beer, save a species,” that’s the initiative that  Auburn University’s Museum of Natural History’s Natural Heritage Program and Red Clay Brewery is starting up. The indigo snake is the whole reason this partnership began. Both parties would like to raise awareness for the snake because it is endangered in Alabama.

“Our job is to survey and monitor rare species in the state. In recent years we’re taking a more active role in studying and conserving these species. Now the indigo snake is a rare species that used to be in Alabama until about the 1950’s and then it went extinct in Alabama. It’s federally threatened and we’re trying to bring it back,” said David Steen, Assistant Research Professor at Auburn University.

The event is Thursday, February 23 at Red Clay Brewery, 704 N Railroad Ave, Opelika, Alabama 36801, at

6:30 p.m. CST and the name of the beer they’ll be serving you is the scientific name for the snake, which is called Drymarchon Berliner Weisse. One dollar of every pint sold will go toward efforts to conserve  rare species in Alabama to keep them from going extinct. More specifically, the funds will go toward the Eastern Indigo Snake reintroduction project.

On the evening of the official kickoff, there will also be a “Science Pub” event at Red Clay Brewery where the beer will be introduced and Jason Bond, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn, will give a presentation on spiders.