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$50 FONZ members
$70 FONZ members
$85 FONZ members
Brew at the Zoo is sold out. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the event.
Raise your glass to conservation! Join FONZ at our annual beer festival, where you’ll sample beers from more than 60 craft breweries. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment from Sly 45, lawn games, animal demonstrations, food trucks, and rides in the Trolley Pub. Proceeds benefit animal care and conservation at Smithsonian’s National Zoo. So raise your glass and take a sip for the animals!
$50 FONZ members | $65 nonmembers
Includes access to the main event, a commemorative mug, and free soda and water.
FONZ members may purchase up to four tickets at the member price. Sober driver tickets are also available for $30. Sober drivers will not receive a commemorative mug and will not be served beer. All but $25 of your ticket price is tax-deductible.
$70 FONZ members | $85 nonmembers
Ticket holders may access the general event area one hour before it opens to the general public, from 5-6 p.m. VIP ticketholders will also enjoy this benefit. Don’t delay, these tickets are limited.
$85 FONZ members | $100 nonmembers
Includes the above, plus early admission to the general event area, exclusive access to the VIP area, generous pours of beer, complimentary food tastings by local restaurants, an exclusive air-conditioned space, a Brew at the Zoo takeaway gift, and special animal demonstrations.
Vote for Beer! Our Twitter followers generated names for the beer, and the top 5 names are: Tripel Toed Sloth, O-Line Ale, Running Red Panda Ale, Orange is the New Black Footed Ferret Belgian Tripel, and Tiger's Tripel. Tweet your choice to @FONZNationalZoo using #brewzoo.
Friends of the National Zoo is giving away two general admission tickets to Brew at the Zoo 2014! To score these sweet tickets, we want you to put on your creative hats and celebrate what Brew at the Zoo is all about: wildlife and beer!
Create a wildlife or conservation-themed beer name for a special brew generously donated by Port City Brewing Company! The name of the beer should incorporate animals we have at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Port City Brewing Company will design a special beer tap handle for the brew to commemorate your creative genius and the winner will also win two free tickets to Brew at the Zoo! Check out our National Zoo species list and photos on our Facebook page for inspiration!
We’ll debut the newly named Port City Brewing Company beer for the night at Brew at the Zoo! Guests may have the chance to sample the beer that you named and you’ll get to have an amazing time on us!
You must be 21+ to attend and enter the contest. Contest begins June 10. On Friday, June 27 the top five names will be revealed on FONZ’s Twitter and Facebook page and the public will be asked to vote on their favorite! The winner of the public vote on FONZ’s Facebook and Twitter accounts will be revealed on Friday, July 11! (Please note if a specific beer name is entered by multiple people, only the first person to enter that name will be considered for the contest.)
The winner will be contacted by Twitter’s Direct Message and ticket arrangements
will be made.
These are the breweries participating at Brew at the Zoo.
For more information in participating as a Brewery at Brew at the Zoo, call 202.633.8307 or email Kelsey Thompson.
Complimentary tastings from the restaurants and breweries below will be provided to VIP ticket holders.
Food is available for purchase from some amazing food trucks that will be on site. Not all of the food trucks accept credit cards. ATMs are located at the Visitor Center and inside the Mane Grill. Don't miss these exciting participants:
Food Truck registration for Brew at the Zoo is now closed. If you are interested in being added to the waitlist, please call 202.633.8307 or email Kelsey Thompson.
FONZ encourages you to take public transportation and drink responsibly. The Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance is between the Red Line's Cleveland Park and Woodley Park Metro stops. Parking available for a fee.
Uber is Brew at the Zoo's exclusive transportation partner this year! New to Uber? Sign up with the promo code BREWZOODC for $20 off your first ride (new users only. not valid on uberTAXI). Visit www.uber.com/go/BREWZOODC or download the Uber app with the promo code BREWZOODC.
Companies interested in sponsoring the event will receive valuable benefits ranging from logo ID on event and advertising materials to onsite signage and complimentary tickets. For more information, call 202.633.3026 or email Pam Bucklinger.
There will be scheduled animal demonstrations taking place in both the General Event Area and the VIP area. Great Cats Circle will be open until 8:30 p.m., with the lions and tigers out in the yards.
VIP (Picnic Pavilion)
7:00 - Meet a Kids' Farm Animal
8:00 - Meet a Small Mammal
General Event Area
6:30 - Meet a Small Mammal (Across from the Great Cats Shop)
7:00 - Great Cat Enrichment (Great Cats Circle)
7:30 - Meet a Kids' Farm Animal
5:00 to 8:30 p.m. - Great Cats will be on view (Great Cats Circle)
Please remember the welfare of the animal is our priority, so animal demonstrations may be canceled if it is in the best interest of the animal.
Yes, food will be available for purchase. There will be a several food trucks. Credit cards are accepted at many, but not all of the food trucks. An ATM is located inside the Zoo at the Visitor Center. A second ATM is located in the VIP area inside the Mane Grill. You must have a VIP ticket to use this ATM.
Complimentary soda and water will be available for all ticket holders.
Yes, the standard rate of $22 will be charged for parking.
Friends of the National Zoo encourages you to use public transportation and drink responsibly. To visit the Zoo by Metro, take the Red Line to the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop or the Cleveland Park stop. The Zoo entrance lies halfway between these stops, and both are a short walk from the Zoo.
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You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event. A valid ID is required for admission. Smoking is not permitted at the Zoo. This is an adults-only event. Babies and children will not be admitted. Please drink responsibly.