Butterflies and Beer


Odell Brewing introduces Celastrina Saison

Fort Collins, CO. – On May 18th, 2013 Odell Brewing will introduce Celastrina Saison as part of its Cellar Series of beers. Celastrina is named for a rare butterfly found living on wild hops along the Front Range of Colorado and was brewed in honor of a partnership with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program.“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 (Humulus lupulus),” said Robert Schorr of the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, a non-profit organization of Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources. “CNHP and Odell Brewing Company have developed a novel partnership to conserve one of Colorado’s rare species.”Last year, Schorr presented the hops blue butterfly to a group of Odell Brewing coworkers. After his presentation, the team felt compelled to share the story, and help the CNHP learn more. The partnership developed out of a mutual interest in conserving species and landscapes that are uniquely Colorado. Odell Brewing will donate $1 for hops blue butterfly research for every bottle sold.

Celastrina Saison is a crisp French-style Saison with hints of spice derived only from the hops used. Subtle phenols are complimented by the earthy hops and a dry finish. Odell Brewing and CNHP will celebrate the release of Celastrina in the brewery’s Tap Room during the weekend of May 18th.

About CNHP: The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is a non-profit organization of Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources and Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.  For more than 30 years, CNHP has been collecting and analyzing data on rare species and habitats in Colorado, and providing information and expertise to promote conservation of Colorado’s biological resources.  CNHP conducts biological inventories throughout Colorado and the West and provides data to private, state, and federal partners, where it can guide management and conservation of species and their habitats.

by Amanda Johnson-King

Odell Brewing Company