Titletown Brewing features chimney swift bird in new brew

Swifts' Night Ale from Titletown Brewing Company in Green Bay, August 3, 2017 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) -- A Green Bay brewing company that's known for making specialty beers has a new creation for you to try.

Swifts' Night Ale salutes the chimney swift -- a bird whose population is on the decline in the area.

Bird City Green Bay came up with the idea, and Titletown Brewing got it done.


At the Woodland Dunes Nature Center in Two Rivers, chimney swifts are right at home on the inside of rooftop brickwork.

"The chimney swift belongs to the swallow family. And it sort of has a short stubby body," said Nancy Nabak of Bird City Green Bay.

The birds roost, nest and rest, inside the chimneys, using strong claws to cling to the walls. But that habitat may be going away. Nabak says annual surveys indicate a swift population decline in the Green Bay area.

"Technology has changed, so chimneys aren't being built anymore, and chimneys are also being capped or torn down," she said.


But help may be on the way. Titletown Brewing Company in Green Bay is stepping up one glass at a time. They created a specialty beverage called Swifts' Night Ale.

The brewmaster says the beer combines corn and dark-roasted malt inspired by the chimney swift itself.

"It's light-bodied. It's really easy drinking, easy going. It's kind of a light brown color like the birds. It's highly carbonated for a mainstream beer. I thought that it mimicked the way the birds kind of flit in and out of the chimneys, the bubbles flitting up the glass," said David Oldenburg, Titletown's brewmaster.

The beer will be unveiled at The Titletown Tap Room Saturday night after this year's chimney swift count. A portion of the proceeds will go to Bird City Green Bay to fund programs to raise awareness about the swifts, and asking people to open their chimneys to the birds.

"We really don't know what the future is going to look like. We need to do more research, we need to have more eyes. We need to have more minds around, being creative," said.

This isn't the first conservation libation for Titletown Brewing.

In recent years, craft beers featured the snowy owl and the piping plover.

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