Barely six months ago, the Palm Beach Zoo held its annual Brew at the Zoo event
, which featured beers from all across the nation. The response was so great that it's gone and set up another one, only this time with a focus on hyperlocal offerings.
September 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., zoogoers will be able to check out beers from a range of local talent, starting at $35 per person.
"There is now enough great beer brewed in Florida that we can have all 25 breweries be in-state," said Ron Brooks, Palm Beach Zoo's events manager. "Most of [the breweries] are within 50 miles of the zoo, and none are
from more than 200 miles away. Since we’re not trucking beer from across the nation, it’s the smallest carbon-footprint
beer festival in South Florida… possibly the nation."
That means a plethora of brews from areas of South Florida, the Keys, and into Tampa and Orlando. Find beers from Barley Mow Brewing Co
., Devour Brewing Co.
, Green Bench Brewing Co.
, Cigar City Brewing
, Due South Brewing Co.
, Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks
, and many more. Think of it as a sampling of brews from our little section of the peninsula.
For those who haven't bore
witness to the Brew at the Zoo concept, the idea is simple: Take the traditional beer-festival
idea and place it inside a zoo, which allows eventgoers
the opportunity to enjoy a sip and some sights of animals from across the world. I watched anteaters roam about, tapirs bathe, and monkeys do monkey things during a relaxing evening.
Now it's time to do it all over again.
In addition to the $35 general-admission
entry fee, there is a limited $65 VIP way in that gives those very important people a half-hour earlier entrance to the zoo, free food in the Tropics Cafe from Carrabba's Italian Grill in Royal Palm Beach, and a few extra premium beers that aren't available to the regular zoo plebs. They'll also get a T-shirt to set themselves apart if they so desire.
It's a pretty kick-ass beer fest that's a far cry from being tents encircling a field. The ability to meander the luscious vegetation ripe with intriguing flora and fauna make it a must-attend for a cool night out.
For tickets as well as a full list of participating breweries, visit palmbeachzoo.org/brew2