Brew at the Zoo

July 23, 2015: 6 – 9PM


Drink Beer. Save Wildlife.

Raise your glass to conservation! Join FONZ at our annual beer fest, where you'll sample beers from more than 70 craft breweries. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment by local band The Bachelor Boys, lawn games, and animal demonstrations. Plus, purchase fare from popular food trucks that will be on site.

Proceeds benefit animal care and conservation science at Smithsonian's National Zoo. So raise your glass and toast to the animals!

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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.

Early Admission Ticket

$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 receive this benefit as part of their ticket price. Don't delay, these tickets are limited.

VIP Tickets

$85 FONZ members

Details coming soon.

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.

The following breweries will be participating in Brew at the Zoo

  • 3 Stars Brewing Company
  • Adroit Theory Brewing
  • Atlas Brew Works
  • BadWolf Brewing Company
  • Blue Jacket
  • Blue Point Brewing Company
  • Boston Beer Company
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Brewery Ommegang
  • Brothers Craft Brewing
  • Capitol City Brewing Company
  • Chesapeake Brewing Company
  • DC Brau Brewing Company
  • Denizens Brewing Co.
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Devils Backbone
  • Elysian Brewing Company
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Foothills Brewing
  • Full Tilt Brewing
  • Goose Island
  • Great American Restaurants
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Harpoon Brewery
  • Hellbender Brewing Company
  • Heritage Brewing Co.
  • Union Craft Brewing
  • Narragansett Brewing Co.
  • Natty Greene's Brewing Co.
  • Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
  • Old Ox Brewery
  • Oliver Brewing Company
  • Oskar Blues Brewery
  • Palm breweries and Schofferhofer Brewing
  • Peak Organic Brewing Co.
  • Port City Brewing Company
  • RAR Brewing
  • Schlossbrauerei "Fatti" Stelzer
  • Shiner Beers
  • Sly Fox
  • Stella Artois and Hoegaarden
  • The Brewer's Art
  • The Matt Brewing Company
  • Troegs Brewery

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

  • 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

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.

  • Ledo's Pizza
  • 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

Parking is available for a fee.


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 in the VIP area 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. Vertical IDs will not be accepted.

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.

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?

We will 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 one dollar, 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

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

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email Pam Bucklinger.

Media interested in covering Brew at the Zoo should email Courtney Smith.


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