Brew at the L.A. Zoo Returns for Summer


July 19, 2017


Friday, August 4, 2017, 7pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens


Photo by Jamie Pham

The 7th Annual BREW AT THE L.A. ZOO on Friday, August 4, 2017, 7 pm, one of the city’s most popular 21+ events, is known for beer tasting samples from over 50 local craft and microbreweries and includes a rare after-hours visit to animal habitats, pop-up zookeeper talks and close-up animal experiences. Other highlights are four live bands, dancing, a DJ, pub-style grub and an overflowing slate of fun. Special VIP Lounge tickets offer early entry at 6 pm with access to all breweries plus access to exclusive lounges serving complimentary food and specialty drinks/pours. The music lineup features choice rock cuts from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s by the Black Canyon Band; 80’s party tunes and Top 40 hits of today from cover band Boombox Heroes; influences by all musical sounds by four-piece Las Vegas band Stoked; something completely different from Burgermeister Boyz, a German Polka band; and a GEC Events featuring DJ Chris Rox. Adding to the brew mix is Wreck Check, which will be on standby to provide breathalyzer services. With sell-out crowds at the five previous Brew at the L.A. Zoo evenings, advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested.

Participating breweries* are 101 Cider House, 21st Amendment Brewery, AleSmith Brewing Company, Alosta Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery, Angry Orchard, Auchentoshan, Auchentoshan – Speciality Cocktail (VIP only), Baja Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing Company, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, Bootleggers Brewery, Brewyard Beer Company, Captian Fatty’s, Common Cider, Drakes (VIP only), Eel River Brewing Company (VIP only), Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Firemans Brew, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Four Sons Brewing, Golden Road, Goose Island, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Innovation Brew Works, Kinetic Brewing Company, King Harbor Brewing Company, Kona Brewing Company, Lagunita’s Brewing Company, Latitude 33 Brewing Co., Left Coast Brewing Co., Lincoln Beer Company, Lucky Lukes Luke Brewery (VIP only), Macleod Ale Brewing Co., Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Mother Earth Brewing Co., Mt. Lowe Brewing Company, Oskar Blues, Pacific Plate Brewing Company, Pizza Port Brewing Company, Reel Brew Co., Ritual Brewing Co, Samuel Adams, San Antonio Winery — Bodega Sangria, San Antonio Winery Wines (VIP only), San Fernando Brewing Co., Shock Top, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Brewery at Simmzy’s Burbank, Stone Brewing Company, The Brewery at Abigaile, The Dudes’ Brewing Company, Transplants Brewing, Verdugo West Brewing Co, White Claw Hard Seltzer and Zymugry Brew Works.

Throughout the evening’s route, food options are available for purchase, including a range of choices at the Zoo Grill and Churro Factory plus a BBQ menu at La Casita, Bavarian glazed cinnamon roasted almonds at Linde’s Almonds, kettle corn and garlic fries near the flamingos habitat, chicken wings and nachos at Cafe Pico, beer brats and hot dogs at Carousel Plaza and Elephant Circle and tacos near the Koala House.

Guests with VIP Lounge tickets, which are $125 per person (available online only), dine from 6 to 8:30 pm at Reggie’s Bistro VIP buffet and from 6 to 10:30 at Thai Pavilion’s VIP buffet. VIP bars with specialty cocktails as well as exclusive access to beers are open at both locations from 6 to 11 pm. Reggie’s offers a BURGERS AND BRATS STATION with 1/3-pound Angus burgers and local craft beer brats served with locally baked breads, kettle chips, pecan wood smoked bacon, caramelized balsamic onions, thyme roasted mushrooms, house made guacamole, roasted pineapple, assorted cheeses and more, plus a FRIED CHICKEN STATION with buttermilk brined hot chicken with garlic thyme honey and togarashi, assorted dipping sauces, corn on the cob, mac ‘n’ cheese, buttermilk coleslaw and cornbread. The VIP THAI PAVILION features Korean glazed chicken wings, Reuben sliders with house cured corned beef, Tex-Mex brisket poutine with white cheddar cheese curds, goat cheese/corn relish/arugula quesadillas, assorted bar snacks, cheese and charcueterie served with fresh fruit and breads and German pretzel and beer cheese fondue.

Brew at the L.A. Zoo is part of the Zoo’s year-long 50th Anniversary “ZooLAbration.” Like all Zoo nighttime events, it supports the L.A. Zoo and its global conservation efforts. More information about the Zoo’s 50th Anniversary is available at

The yearlong “ZooLAbration” began on November 28, 2016, which is the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens’ opening at its current location. Throughout the 50th anniversary year, the Zoo is spotlighting not only its key role as a world-class destination and an important community asset but also its critical successes in conservation, quality of life and premier care for animals. Having recently completed a $172 million master plan which significantly improved the Zoo facility, the Zoo marks its 50th anniversary as it embarks upon developing a new Master Plan, which will serve as a road map for the future. The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Its responsibility toward wildlife conservation not only encompasses safeguarding the animals in its care but also actively participating in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species and their habitats. Its many conservation successes include having led the charge in saving California condors from extinction and restoring populations of these critically endangered animals to their native habitats. The Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world. Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter and face-to-face Giraffe Feedings; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Advance tickets to Brew at the L.A. Zoo are $65, or $55 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members; $25 for Designated Drivers (includes free fountain drink refills all evening); and $125 for VIP tickets, available online only, with access to exclusive lounges serving complimentary food and specialty drinks/pours AND early 6 pm entry to the entire route.  Tickets at the door, if available, are $75, or $65 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Free parking is available. For additional information, contact call (323) 644-6001; tickets are available at

*participating breweries subject to change