City of Clive partners with 515 Brewing on goat-themed beer, pint glasses to support the Greenbelt Trail
Every day that she's at work, Barb Becker is riding Clive's Greenbelt Trail.
The head brewer at 515 Brewing, Becker rides about 6.5 miles along the trail to and from work — she understands better than most how important maintaining the Greenbelt is to the community and local businesses.
Now, she has a chance to be a part of supporting its future.
515 Brewing is partnering with the city of Clive to create a goat-themed sour beer, aptly called G.O.A.T., for this weekend's annual Clive Festival.
"I was really excited about doing this because I live in Clive," Becker said. "I use the trail, and I think it’s great."
The beer, which is made with a guava, orange and tangerine (GOAT) fruit puree, will be sold as a limited release at the festival this weekend at the Greenbelt Landing near the Clive Aquatic Center. Funds from the drink's sale will support the city's Greenbelt Landing project.
The brewery will also be selling 515 Brewing pint glasses with the business's logo on one side and the Clive Greenbelt goats logo on the other. Those glasses will be available at the festival and then at the brewery while supplies last.
Ryan Rost, the brewery's founder, said the city reached out his business a few months ago about the collaboration. He said he and his employees were excited to help raise funds for the trail.
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"It’s a big component of our business because the trail is literally right outside," he said. "In the summer, we get a lot of traffic off the trail, and it’s something we like to support."
Assistant City Manager Pete De Kock said a portion of the proceeds from the beer and pint glass sales will go toward improvements at the Greenbelt Landing, including a stormwater treatment wetland, a boardwalk and updates to the pond that include a staging area for public programs.
"As a way to organize our momentum and build some good spirit and community camaraderie around these projects, we want to make sure we’re doing things with local businesses and the goats to show people, 'Hey, this is something we can all do together,' " De Kock said.
He said the city incorporated the goats into the beer and glass design due to their important role in maintaining the Greenbelt's natural landscape and because of their connection with the community.
"... The Greenbelt takes stewardship, the Greenbelt takes care, and this place that we all love together — if we work together with the goats — we’re going to be able to accomplish some great things and take care of this amenity that our city loves so much and that supports our businesses and supports a great quality of life in Clive," he said.
Fans of the trail, goats and beer can further get involved in supporting the Greenbelt and receive their first taste of G.O.A.T. by making a $100 donation to the project. For their donation, they will receive a crowler of the sour beer, two of the 515 Brewing Greenbelt goat pint glasses and a Greenbelt goat T-shirt.
Those interested can reserve a fundraising package at the city's website this week or at the festival while supplies last.