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Fort Worth brewery taps Dallas flip-flop brand to partner on new summer ale

Fort Worth brewery taps flip-flop brand to partner on new summer ale

Wild Acre Brewing Company and Hari Mari
Beer and flip-flips are a winning summer combination. Wild Acre Brewing Company and Hari Mari

Don’t think of Dallas-based Hari Mari as just a flip-flop company anymore. It might also become the name of your new fave summer ale.

A little explanation: Fort Worth's Wild Acre Brewing Company is partnering with Hari Mari, the socially conscious Dallas shoe brand, to launch a beer called Hari Mari Ale.

The public will get its first taste during a launch party at Wild Acre on Saturday, March 30. Then the ale will go on sale for the summer — and stay, if it's a hit.

The two DFW companies were already “brand friends,” with Hari Mari offering the brewery’s beer as part of their customers' shopping experience. That relationship inspired the Hari Mari Ale, which is brewed with agave nectar and lime.

“A lot of times, when people are wearing their flip-flops, especially on the weekends, they’re drinking beer, so it kind of made sense,” Hari Mari co-founder Lila Stewart says. “It was a really fun process, because our team went out there and sat down with their brewery guys and tasted all different types and kinds of flavors.”

Wild Acre founder John Pritchett, who pitched the idea to Hari Mari, says the beer is brewed for the Texas summer.

"It’s very different from anything that we’ve done in the past," Pritchett says. "We’ve not used significant fruit in a beer that we’ve put out thus far, so it’s fun and unique from that standpoint, and I think people will react really well to it, and we’re hopeful that Hari Mari gets their products in front of a whole new audience, as well.”

The launch party takes place 11 am-6 pm March 30 at Wild Acre Brewing, 1734 E. El Paso St., Ste. 190, in Fort Worth. The entry fee is $15, and adjacent restaurant Joe Riscky's Barbeque, which normally services the brewery, will also serve food.

Hari Mari donates 1 percent of every pair of flops sold to help those battling pediatric cancer, through the campaign Flops Fighting Cancer. A portion of sales Saturday will be donated to Cook Children's Medical Center, giving customers a chance to drink for a good cause.

During the summer, the ale will be available only at Hari Mari’s East Dallas shop and at the Wild Acre facility.