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Thursday, JULY 17, 2014 6 –9 PM

General Admission:

SOLD OUT
$50 FONZ members
$65 nonmembers

Early Admission:

SOLD OUT
$70 FONZ members
$85 nonmembers

VIP Brew Pub:

SOLD OUT
$85 FONZ members
$100 nonmembers

Brew at the Zoo is sold out. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the event.

Drink beer. Save wildlife.

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!

Ticket Information

General Admission Ticket

$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.

Early Admission

$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.

VIP Brew Pub

$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.


Brew at the Zoo Beer Naming Contest

Drink Beer, Save Wildlife

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!

Here are the Details

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!

Contest Rules

To enter, tweet your inventive beer name to @FonzNationalZoo using the hashtag #brewzoo.

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.

Participating Breweries

These are the breweries participating at Brew at the Zoo.

  • 3 Stars Brewing Company
  • Abita Brewing Co
  • Adroit Theory Brewing
  • Anchor Brewing
  • Atlas Brew Works
  • Blue Mountain Barrel House
  • Blue Point Brewery
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider
  • Boston Beer Company
  • Boulder Beer Co
  • Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • Brewery Ommegang
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Caboose Brewing Company
  • Capital Restaurant Concepts, Ltd.
  • Capitol City Brewing Company
  • Center of the Universe Brewing Co
  • Coastal Brewing Company
  • Constellation Brands Beer Division
  • Corcoran Brewing
  • Crooked Run Brewing
  • DC Brau Brewing Company
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • Distillery Lane Ciderworks
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Foothills Brewing
  • Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
  • Forge Brew Works
  • Founders Brewing Company
  • Goose Island Beer Co.
  • Great American Restaurants
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Harpoon Brewery
  • Heavy Seas
  • Hellbender Brewing Company
  • Heritage Brewing Co.
  • Kona Brewing Co
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • Legend Brewery
  • Lonerider Brewing Company
  • Long Trail Brewing Company
  • Lost Rhino Brewing Company
  • Mad Fox Brewing Company
  • Mother Earth Brewing Co
  • Narragansett Brewing Co
  • Natty Greenes Brewing Co.
  • New Belgium Brewing Co.
  • Off Color Brewing
  • Old Bust Head Brewing Company
  • Old Ox Brewery
  • Original Sin Cider
  • Oskar Blues Brewwery
  • Otter Creek Brewery
  • Peak Organic Brewing Co.
  • Port City Brewing Co
  • Radebrger Gruppe USA
  • RavenBeer
  • Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Saranac
  • Shiner Beers
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
  • Singha North America
  • Sly Fox Brewing
  • Smuttynose Brewing Company
  • Starr Hill Brewing Co.
  • Stella Artois
  • Stone Brewing Co.
  • SweetWater Brewing Co
  • The Brewer's Art
  • Three Brothers Brewing
  • Troegs Brewery
  • UNION Craft Brewing
  • Wild Wolf Brewing Company

For more information in participating as a Brewery at Brew at the Zoo, call 202.633.8307 or email Kelsey Thompson.

Restaurants and Breweries in the VIP Area

Complimentary tastings from the restaurants and breweries below will be provided to VIP ticket holders.

  • BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier
  • Brookland Pint
  • Champion
  • Crooked Run
  • Distillery Lane Ciderworks
  • Evolution
  • Fainting Goat
  • Founders
  • Great Lakes
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Lagunitas
  • Lost Rhino
  • Matchbox
  • Meridian Pint
  • Pinstripes
  • Policy
  • Port City
  • Right Proper Brewing
  • Sixth Engine
  • Sly Fox
  • Smoke and Barrel
  • Tonic Restaurant
  • Tony and Joe's Seafood Place
  • Vinoteca

Participating Food Trucks

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:

  • Beltway Latin Cuisine
  • BurGorilla
  • FEAST "FEED YOUR IMAGINATION"
  • Ledo’s Pizza
  • Lemongrass Truck
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound
  • Rocklands Barbecue
  • South Meet’s East

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.

Parking & Transportation

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.

Sponsor This Event

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Zoo be open?

Outside the event area, the buildings will be open until 6 p.m. and the grounds will be open until 8 p.m. The buildings in the event area will be closed.

Will there be animals at the event?

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.

What is an Early Admission Ticket?

Beat the lines! For an additional $20 early admission and VIP ticket holders will be given access to the general event site an hour earlier.

What is a "Sober Driver" ticket?

Sober Driver tickets for designated drivers are available . Tickets are limited and may sell out prior to the event date. 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 Brew Pub. All ticket holders will receive complimentary soda and water.

Are concessions available?

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.

Will the carousel be operating?

Yes, the carousel will be running. Rides cost $3 and tickets can be purchased at the carousel.

Is there a charge for parking?

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.
Get details about taking Metro to the Zoo

Do I need photo ID?

Yes, photo ID is required. Guests and designated drivers must be 21-and-over. Individuals under 21 will not be admitted into the event site.

Can I receive a refund?

No, ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. The event will be held rain or shine.

What methods of payment will be accepted at the event?

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.

Can I buy Group Tickets?

Brew at the Zoo is a fundraising event and we do not offer group ticket rates. FONZ members may purchase up to four tickets at the member price. Please contact Pam Bucklinger to learn more about our corporate packages.
Call 202.633.3026 or email Pam Bucklinger.

Where can I find out where my favorite brewery will be located at the event?

We will e-mail a Brew at the Zoo map a few days before the event.

Brew Games

Take a chance and win a prize! We will have a prize wheel at the event site. For one dollar, spin for a chance to win fun Brew at the Zoo prizes!
Complimentary lawn games include Brew at the Zoo Corn Hole and Bocce Ball. Bocce Ball is provided by Pinstripes.

Will there be Brew at the Zoo Merchandise?

T-shirts and other Brew at the Zoo merchandise will be available at a merchandise table in the event area.

Where is the Event Located in the Zoo?

Brew at the Zoo will be located in the lower portion of the Zoo by Lion/Tiger Hill. Lion/Tiger Hill is about a 10 minute walk from the top of the zoo. There will be one registration location by Lemur Island and the Carousel. Please note there will not be a registration location at the bottom of the zoo.
See a map of the Zoo

Follow all the action! Like FONZ on Facebook  #BrewZoo

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.