Where to Taste Beers and Watch Bears

Photo via Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Ever brag to a friend that you sipped craft brews in the company of a 150 pound Komodo dragon?

It doesn’t happen often. You could say it’s as rare as an Aldabra tortoise on the BQE. In fact, it happened last year for the first time, at The Bronx Zoo, and it’s happening again, when Brew at the Zoo returns to the Bronx on Friday, June 16.

Last year’s event sold out but general admission tickets are still available – for now.

Flashback to childhood and see gelada baboons, southern white rhinos, grizzly bears, and other wildlife favorites then start sipping your way through some of the 100 exciting craft brews on tap. Hell or High Watermelon and NYC’s best selling Coney Island Mermaid will naturally be some of the many available options.  

Photo via Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Beers without a nosh? Absurd. Everyone raves about Luke’s Lobster crab roll, but we think the lobster grilled cheese is the go-to. Then for dessert, stuff your face with Dippin’ Dots – just don’t feed them to the animals.

New this year, Brew at the Zoo will feature live music and DJs. There will also be a retro game room (Pac-Man, anybody?), ample opportunity to break out your best rendition of ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ at karaoke, and animal IQ bar trivia that will answer all those burning questions you’ve never found the time to ask, like just what is a female elephant called, and who decided we should call it a white-bellied go-away-bird, anyway?

Last call will be at 10:45pm. Before then, enjoy all the unlimited beer samplings, live entertainment, photo booth, and exhibit access.

The best thing about Brew at the Zoo? Net proceeds support the Wildlife Conservation Society, so you can drink beer while saving wildlife and their habitats around the globe.

VIP tickets are already sold out but all the fun above can be enjoyed with a general admission ticket. Brooklyn Mag readers can use promo code InsideTheZoo for $5 off the $69.99 general admission price by clicking here.