Beer and cider lovers can take a sip on the wild side as Brew at the L.A. Zoo returns Aug. 12, following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 10th annual event may even turn a few guests into animal experts as it includes talks and Q&A sessions with animal keepers.
“This is a really not-to-miss opportunity to explore the zoo, enjoy the lush grounds and look at the wildlife while strolling around and sampling from more than 50 breweries and cider makers,” said Emily Marrin, marketing and communications director for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association.
The breweries and cideries will set up booths along some of the pathways of the 113-acre venue. Local breweries like Inglewood’s Three Weavers, Los Angeles Ale Works and Frog Town Brewery will be pouring that day, as well as breweries from out of town including San Diego’s Belching Beaver and Vista’s Bear Roots Brewing Co. There will be live music from DJs and an ’80s cover band, as well as a variety of food trucks serving pub-style grub on site.
As patrons enjoy an array of pilsners, porters, stouts and various other styles of beer, they can check out animals in their habitats including koala bears, kangaroos, flamingos, alligators, jaguars, elephants and orangutans. Since many of the animals go to bed early, not all will be visible during the event, Marrin noted.
Animal keepers will be available outside of some of the habitats to share information and fun facts about several of the zoo residents.
“Generally the keepers will talk about the animal’s diet, their behaviors, how we provide them with enrichment and then they’ll answer questions from the public,” Marrin said.
Some of the animal keeper talks will also include feedings with the animals.
“There will be a jaguar feeding and keeper talk, which will be very special because the jaguars, being cats, like to keep to themselves and they sleep a lot,” she said. “So evening is a great time for activity for the jaguar and they will put the food right up near the public viewing area.”
Brew at the L.A. Zoo
When: 7-11 p.m. Aug. 12
Where: L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles
Tickets: $70 general admission; $150 VIP admission for those 21-and-older only. Tickets can be purchased at lazoo.org.