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HERO Hazy IPA Collaboration - Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund



Mankato, MINN. – (October 8, 2018) Mankato Brewery is excited to announce its first collaboration beer with Lupulin Brewing Company in Big Lake, Minnesota. It’s fitting that a hazy, juicy and fruity India Pale Ale (IPA) be brewed with Lupulin Brewing; however, this collaboration beer was created to bring attention to Men’s Health and Cancer Awareness during the month of November.  


Hero Hazy IPA is all about friendship, awareness and never surrendering to the fight against cancer. So, become aware, get tested, and live longer. The inspiration behind this beer, is our hero Jonathan Zierdt, close friend to Mankato Brewery founder, Tim Tupy, and the brother to Lupulin Brewing co-founder, Jeff Zierdt. We've created a mind-blowing mash up of malt and hops for this Double IPA that is a golden liquid hop juice. This Double IPA comes in at 8.18% ABV and 66 IBU’s and is significant as this is Jonathan’s date of birth (8/18/66).


The beer will be officially released at the growMANkato Shavedown at Mankato Brewery on Thursday, November 1ststarting at 6 pm. Following this event, expect to see 4 pack - 16 ounce cans throughout local, metro and regional liquor stores while at the same time on draft in the Mankato Taproom and local establishments.


A portion of the proceeds and donations will go to the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund, a donor advised fund of the Mankato Area Foundation. Jonathan Zierdt is the President & CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Jonathan has been battling cancer for five years and has been using his illness to bring awareness to men's health issues and his foundation. The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund works to increase community cancer awareness and support and to help change the cancer journey for those in our region who receive a cancer diagnosis.  The rim text of the 16 ounce cans will contain all the information needed for texting donations to support the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund’s current fundraising effort - the Box Love campaign.


Contributions to the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund can be made by texting JZFULLYALIVE to 444999 or on-line atwww.jzfullyalive.com

Mankato Brewery started producing beers in 2012 and is proud to revive the brewing tradition in the Key City. Mankato Brewery is the first production brewery in the community since 1967. Focused on creating authentic beers that reflect the heritage of the region and its people, the crew at Mankato Brewery invites you to try our beer and to Experience Local Flavor.  Found online at www.mankatobrewery.com on Twitter (@MankatoBrewery) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mankatobrewery/)

Lupulin Brewing is a craft brewery and taproom in Big Lake, MN. Lupulin’s brewing philosophy is to create rich, full flavored beers with particular focus on hop forward and Belgian styles. Lupulin Brewing is located on US Highway 10 in downtown Big Lake, MN, and can be found online at

on Twitter (@LupulinBrewing) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LupulinBrewing/)

The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund (JZCF) a donor advised fund of the Mankato Area Foundation,  was established in 2017 by Jonathan and Ginger Zierdt and a guiding coalition of engaged community leaders to build community cancer awareness and support.  In January 2018, the JZCF launched their signature program - the JZ Caring Box - and will distribute over 1,000 of these specially designed care packages to area cancer patients annually.  Found on-line at 
www.jzfullyalive.com and on Facebook.






Jeff Zierdt, Lupulin Brewing Company, 763.442.6159

Steve King, Mankato Brewery, 612.418.6108

Tami Paulsen, Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund, 507.327.8694


The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership