Brew at the Zoo

July 21, 2016: 6 – 9PM

Eventbrite - Brew at the Zoo 2016

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Drink Beer. Save Wildlife.

Raise your glass to conservation! Join Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) at DC's biggest and best beer festival on July 21, all in support of wildlife conservation. Enjoy great times and great brews with unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 breweries, exotic animal encounters, live music from The Reagan Years, fare from popular food trucks, and a unique after-hours Zoo experience.

Proceeds benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in its mission to save species. So hop to it and get your tickets starting June 9!


Event Highlights

Throughout the evening, make sure you experience:

  • Unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 breweries
  • Animal encounters throughout the event
  • Brew games! For a small donation spin the prize wheel for your chance to win Zoo prizes, or enjoy the complimentary law games including Brew Corn Hole.


VIP Experiences

In addition to the general event attractions, VIP ticket holders will enjoy:

  • Early access to Brew at the Zoo starting at 5 p.m.
  • Special VIP access to Great Cats Circle with lion and tiger viewings
  • Tastings from top DC area restaurants
  • Exclusive generous pours from breweries only found in the VIP area

Tickets will go on sale to FONZ members on June 9 and to non-members on June 16. Join FONZ to take advantage of early ticket sales and discounts.

All guests must be 21 and over to attend. A photo ID is required. Children, infants, strollers, and infant carriers are not permitted.

FONZ members may purchase up to four tickets at the member price.

General Admission Ticket:

FONZ Members: $50
Non-members: $65

Includes access to the general event area with unlimited beer tastings, a commemorative mug, and free soda and water. Food is available for purchase in the general event site.

Early Admission Ticket:

FONZ Members: $70
Non-members: $85

Beat the lines! Ticket holders may access the general event area one hour before it opens to the general public, from 5-6 p.m. Don't delay, these tickets are limited.

VIP Tickets:

FONZ Members: $85
Non-members: $100

Includes the above, plus exclusive access to the VIP area at Great Cats Circle, generous pours of beer (in the VIP area only), complimentary food tastings by local restaurants, a Brew at the Zoo takeaway gift, and lion and tiger keeper talks.
Note: Access to the VIP area begins at 6 p.m.

Sober Ride Tickets:

FONZ Members/Non-members: $30

Sober Ride tickets for designated drivers are available. Designated drivers must be 21 and over. Designated drivers will not receive a complimentary mug, will not be allowed to consume alcohol, and will not be permitted in the VIP area. All ticket holders will receive complimentary soda and water. Tickets are limited and may sell out prior to event.

Ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.


General Area

  • Adroit Theory Brewing
  • Alewerks Brewing Company
  • Allagash Brewing Company
  • Alltech Kentucky Ale
  • Atlas Brew Works
  • Avery Brewing Co.
  • BadWolf Brewing Company
  • Ballast Point
  • Beltway Brewing Company
  • Blue Point Brewing Company
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider
  • Boston Beer Company
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Brothers Craft Brewing
  • Caboose Brewing Company
  • Calvert Brewing Company
  • Capitol City Brewing Company
  • Clown Shoes Beer
  • DC Brau Brewing Company
  • Denizens Brewing Co
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • DuClaw Brewing Co.
  • Elysian Brewing Company
  • Fair Winds Brewing Company
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Flying Fish Brewing Co
  • Foothills Brewing
  • Forge Brew Works
  • Founders Brewing Co.
  • Full Tilt Brewing
  • Goose Island
  • Great American Restaurants
  • Hardywood Park
  • Harpoon Brewery
  • Heavy Seas
  • Hellbender Brewing Compnay
  • Heritage Brewing Co.
  • Jack's Hard Cider
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co
  • Manor Hill Brewing
  • Narragansett Brewing Company
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • Ocelot brewing company
  • Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
  • Old Ox Brewery
  • Oliver Brewing Co
  • Original Sin Hard Cider
  • Oskar Blues
  • Peak Organic Brewing
  • Port City Brewing Company
  • RAR Brewing
  • RavenBeer
  • Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Shiner Beers
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
  • Sixpoint Brewery
  • Sly Fox Brewery
  • Small Town Brewery
  • Smuttynose
  • Starr Hill Brewery
  • Stone Brewing
  • SweetWater
  • Tall Tales Brewing Company
  • The Brewer's Art
  • Tröegs Independant Brewing Company
  • Union Craft Brewing
  • Vanish Brewery
  • Victory Brewing Company
  • Waredaca Brewing Company
  • Weyerbacher Brewing
  • Young Veterans Brewing Company
  • Zeffer Brewing Company

Food Trucks

Fare from popular food trucks will be available for purchase inside the general event area. Credit cards are accepted at most food trucks, but not all. ATMs are located at the Visitor's Center and Mane Grill.

VIP Area

  • Adroit Theory Brewing
  • Alewerks Brewing Company
  • Bluejacket
  • Founders Brewing Co.
  • Grimm Artisanal Ales
  • Hellbender Brewing Company
  • Jailbreak
  • Mad Fox Brewing Company
  • Port City Brewing Company
  • Starr Hill Brewery
  • Tall Tales Brewing Company
  • Three Notch'd Brewing Co.

VIP Area Restaurants

The following restaurants will provide complimentary tastings:

  • Bar Civita
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Blackfinn Ameripub
  • Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen
  • Duke's Counter
  • Hank's Oyster Bar
  • matchbox
  • Meridian Pint
  • Pinstripes
  • Pizzeria Paradiso
  • Rural Society
  • Tonic and Quigley's

Brewery Locations

Don't miss your favorite brews! Create a beer wish list ahead of the event by downloading the Pombe App. There you can see the event map with beer locations, connect with other beer lovers, and discuss your favorites. From the application menu select the "Event List" and select "Brew at the Zoo '16" from the "Current Events" tab.


We encourage you to drink responsibly and take public transportation. The Zoo's Connecticut Ave. entrance is accessible via the Red Line Cleveland Park or Woodley Park metro stations.

Parking Rate

Check back for FONZ Member and Non-member pricing.

Members must show their membership card to receive parking discount.


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.
 Get details about taking Metro to the Zoo

Free Shuttle Service

Big Bus Tours will provide rides between the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro station and the Zoo from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.


Brew at the Zoo is an adult event. Guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID. Guests without a valid photo ID will not be permitted to enter the event.

Children, infants, strollers, and infant carriers are not permitted.

Credit cards are accepted at many but not all food trucks. ATMs are located at the Visitor's Center and Mane Grill.

Smoking is not permitted on Zoo grounds.

Brew at the Zoo is held rain or shine.

Contact Information

General questions about Brew at the Zoo?
Email us or call 202.633.3045 for more information.

Interested in sponsoring Brew at the Zoo?
Email Pam Bucklinger or call 202.633.3046 for more information.

Media interested in covering the event should Email Courtney Smith.

Interested in volunteering at Brew at the Zoo? Click here for more information and to register as a volunteer. Look under "special events."


Thank you to our generous sponsors

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