FREDERICK, Md. - Crabs are the usual Chesapeake delicacy paired with beer. But one Maryland brewery has been working for three years to shift the focus away from crabs to preserving another Bay product.
The ORP is one of the leading non-profits that supports restoring oysters to The Bay, according to a release from the brewery.
The 2013 proceeds from the sale of Flying Dog’s oyster stout will afford planting of an additional 2 million oysters in The Bay.
"Every oyster we plant has an immediate impact on the Chesapeake Bay and contributes to long-term improvements in the environmental, economic and recreational health of the nation's largest estuary," Stephan Abel, executive director of ORP, said in a release.
Flying Dog decried February as “Pearl Necklace Awareness Month.”
"Every bottle of Pearl Necklace sold enables ORP to plant 10 oysters in The Bay," Flying Dog CMO Ben Savage said in the release. "We want people to realize that they can help this ongoing cause by simply drinking a locally-brewed craft beer."
The partnership is composed of several organizations that have planted nearly 5 billion oysters in The Bay, according to the release.
Oysters act as a natural filter of The Bay, which improve the overall environmental quality of surrounding ecosystem.
"Declining water quality, historical over-harvesting, disease and habitat loss have reduced the oyster population in the Bay to a mere 1 percent of its historical peak," the release states. "Acting as filters and providing a crucial habitat for other marine life, oysters are a critical piece of the Chesapeake's fragile ecosystem."
The brewery is planning a culmination celebration on March 1. For details, visit the Flying Dog Brewery website.