Brew at the Zoo

July 21, 2016: 6 – 9PM


Drink Beer. Save Wildlife.

Raise your glass to conservation! Join Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) at its annual beer fest, where you'll sample beers from more than 70 craft breweries. Enjoy live entertainment by local band The Reagan Years, lawn games, and animal demonstrations. Plus, purchase fare from popular food trucks that will be on site.

Proceeds benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in its mission to save species. So raise your glass and toast to the animals!

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2016 Information

Tickets will go on sale to FONZ members on June 9 and to non-members on June 16.

Join FONZ so you can make sure to get tickets!

2015 Information

All guests must be 21-and-over to attend. A photo ID is required.

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

General Admission Ticket


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


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


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


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 area.

All but $25 of your ticket price is tax-deductible.

Guests must be 21 to attend and children, infants and strollers are not permitted. A photo ID is required.

The following breweries will be participating in Brew at the Zoo:

  • 3 Stars Brewing Company
  • Adroit Theory Brewing
  • Allagash Brewing Company
  • Alltech Lexington Brewing Co.
  • Anchor Brewing Company
  • Atlas Brew Works
  • BadWolf Brewing Company
  • Blue Jacket
  • Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Blue Point Brewing Company
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider
  • Boston Beer Company
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Breckenridge Brewery
  • Brewery Ommegang
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Brothers Craft Brewing
  • Caboose Brewing Co.
  • Capitol City Brewing Company
  • Chesapeake Brewing Company
  • Constellation Brands Beer Division
  • DC Brau Brewing Company
  • Denizens Brewing Co.
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Devils Backbone
  • Elysian Brewing Company
  • Evolution Craft Brewing Company
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Flying Fish Brewing Company
  • Foothills Brewing
  • Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co.
  • Full Tilt Brewing
  • Goose Island
  • Great American Restaurants
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Harpoon Brewery
  • Heavy Seas
  • Hellbender Brewing Company
  • Heritage Brewing Co.
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • Left Hand Brewing Company
  • Lost Rhino Brewing Company
  • Mad Fox Brewing Company
  • Narragansett Brewing Co.
  • Natty Greene's Brewing Co.
  • Ocelot Brewing Co.
  • Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
  • Old Ox Brewery
  • Oliver Brewing Company
  • Original Sin Hard Cider
  • Oskar Blues Brewery
  • Palm Breweries
  • Peak Organic Brewing Co.
  • Port City Brewing Company
  • Roy-Pitz Brewing Co.
  • RAR Brewing
  • Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Schlafly
  • Schlossbrauerei "Fatti" Stelzer
  • Schofferhofer Brewing
  • Shiner Beers
  • Shipyard Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
  • Sixpoint Brewery
  • Sly Fox
  • Stella Artois
  • SweetWater Brewery
  • The Brewer's Art
  • The Matt Brewing Company
  • Three Notch'd Brewing Company
  • Troegs Brewery
  • Union Craft Brewing
  • Victory Brewing Company
  • Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Please note: We do everything in our power to ensure the brands and beers we post are featured at the event. However, there are times when brewers and distributors need to make last minute substitutions.

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


  • Blackfinn Ameripub
  • Brookland Pint
  • Cabot Creamery
  • Cashion's Eat Place
  • Compass Rose
  • Galley
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Matchbox
  • Meridian Pint
  • Pinstripes
  • Plan B Burger Bar
  • Provision No. 14
  • Roofers Union
  • Rural Society
  • Silo Restaurant
  • Smoke & Barrel
  • Tonic at Quigley's


  • Crooked Run Brewing
  • Duck Rabbit
  • Evolution Craft Brewing Company
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Founders Brewing Co.
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • Hellbender Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • Lost Rhino Brewing Company
  • Ocelot Brewing Co.
  • Port City Brewing Company
  • Sly Fox
  • Weyerbaucher
  • Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Purchase fare from Ledo Pizza and popular 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.

  • Arepa Zone
  • Burgorilla
  • Chix N Stix
  • Dirty South Deli
  • Ledo's Pizza
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound
  • Rocklands Barbecue
  • Sodexo

Food Truck registration for Brew at the Zoo is now open. If you are interested in participating, please call 202.633.8307 or email Kelsey Thompson.

We encourage you to drink responsibly and take public transportation. The Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance is between the Red Line's Cleveland Park and Woodley Park Metro stops.

Parking Rate

$12 FONZ Members
$22 Nonmembers

Members must show their membership card to receive the discounted rate.


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

Big Bus

Shuttle service is provided from the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro station, courtesy of Big Bus Tours. The red double-decker bus will be running every 20 minutes throughout the night.

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.

Is the Zoo open during the event?

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.

Can I see 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.

*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 Ride" ticket?

Sober Ride 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 area. All ticket holders will receive complimentary soda and water.

Will food be 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 inside the Mane Grill.

Complimentary soda and water will be available for all ticket holders.

Will the carousel be operating?

Yes, the carousel will be running and tickets can be purchased at the event.

Is there a charge for parking?

Please see the parking & transportation section for more information.

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 inside the Mane Grill.

Can I buy group tickets?

Brew at the Zoo is a fundraising event and we do not offer group ticket rates. However, corporate packages are available. Please email Pam Bucklinger to learn more.

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

Dowload the Pombe App to see the event map with beer locations and connect with friends and discuss your favorites. From the application menu select the "Event List" and select "Brew at the Zoo '15" from the "Current Events" tab. We will also publish a Brew at the Zoo map via social media 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 three dollars, spin for a chance to win fun Brew at the Zoo prizes! Complimentary lawn games include Brew at the Zoo Corn Hole.

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 10-15 minute walk from Connecticut Avenue. 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

Contact Information

For questions or more information about the event, please call (202) 633-3045 or email FONZ Events. Tickets for press must be approved in advance. Press passes are limited. Media will not receive entry without prior approval. Contact Courtney Smith to request a press pass.


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