The flavorful collaboration release of Kiwi Wrangler Kolsch celebrates the hatch of the Zoo’s first kiwi chick while paying homage to its native habitat


PRESS RELEASE / May 6, 2021 (Boston, MA) – In honor of the first ever kiwi chick hatched at Franklin Park Zoo on December 28, 2020, Samuel Adams has brewed up something special: a Kiwi Wrangler Kolsch, available now at their Boston Brewery.

Kiwis are native to New Zealand, where they also hold the distinct designation of being the country’s national symbol. The hatch of this tiny feathered face at the Zoo was certainly something to celebrate, and brewers at Samuel Adams were inspired to concoct a tasty recipe that paid homage to this unique flightless bird and its native habitat. The result? A brew featuring heaps of flavorful New Zealand hops, kiwifruit, and Brazilian feijoa puree meld together for a light-bodied beer bursting with crisp, bright, citrus-forward fruitiness.

Kiwi Wrangler Kolsch is now available on draft at the Boston Brewery and in 4-packs for curbside pickup and local delivery. Samuel Adams will donate $1.00 to Zoo New England for every draft or 4-pack of Kiwi Wrangler Kolsch sold at the Boston Brewery through July 31.

Franklin Park Zoo is the only zoo in New England, and one of 10 institutions in North America, to exhibit brown kiwis, classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The young chick has been growing and thriving since his hatch, and recently made his exhibit debut within the Zoo’s Outback Trail exhibit.

Kiwis, the national symbol of New Zealand, are flightless and are about the size of a domestic chicken. The kiwi is known for laying the largest egg in proportion to its body size, generally about 20 percent of the body weight of the female. The eggs are incubated for 75 to 90 days, one of the longest incubation periods of any bird species.

The chick will eventually be a mate for Aria, a female adult kiwi at Franklin Park Zoo, although the chick will be about a year old before they are introduced. As a participant in the Kiwi Species Survival Plan, a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), it is hoped that eventually Aria and the new male will have a little kiwi chick of their own someday to contribute to the preservation of this unique species.

Sam Adams will donate $1.00 to the Franklin Park Zoo for every draft or 4-pack of Kiwi Wrangler Kolsch sold at the Boston Taprooms between the months of April and July.* *Donations are from Sam Adams to The Franklin Park Zoo. For more information on The Franklin Park Zoo visit Maximum donation is $2,000. Offer valid only at the Samuel Adams Boston Taprooms between April 1 – July 31, 2021.


About Zoo New England

Zoo New England manages Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham. Both are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Zoo New England’s mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.

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About Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams is a leading independent, American craft brewer that helped to launch the craft beer revolution. The brewery began in 1984 when Founder and Brewer Jim Koch used a generations-old family recipe to brew beer in his kitchen. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life with hopes drinkers would appreciate the complex, full flavor and started sampling the beer in Boston. He named the flagship brew Samuel Adams Boston Lager in recognition of one of our nation’s founding fathers, a revolutionary man of independent and pioneering spirit. Today, Samuel Adams is one of the world’s most awarded breweries and remains focused on crafting the highest quality beers through innovation and experimentation in the relentless pursuit of better. Samuel Adams remains dedicated to elevating and growing the American craft beer industry overall, including providing education and support for entrepreneurs and fellow brewers through its philanthropic program, Brewing the American Dream, which helps others pursue their American Dream. For more information, visit


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