News Release                                             Contact : Sondra Katzen
July 16, 2014                                                                                      Public Relations
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ZooBrew at Brookfield Zoo to Feature More Than 60 Craft Beers
3nd Annual Event Includes New VIP Ticket Option

Brookfield, Ill.—There are going to be lots of hops at Brookfield Zoo—and not just from the kangaroos! Everyone 21 and over is invited to Brookfield Zoo’s third annual ZooBrew on Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

During ZooBrew, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy sampling craft beers from more than 25 breweries, including Abita, Argus Brewery, Baderbrau, Belukus Marketing, Inc., Blue Moon, Boulevard Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Hopothesis Beer Company, Lakefront Brewery, Inc., Leinenkugel’s, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Modelo, New Belgium Brewing Company, Newcastle, New Holland Brewing, Pyramid Breweries, Revolution Brewing, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Southern Tier Brewing Company, Tenth and Blake Beer Company, and Wild Onion Brewing Co. For a complete list of beers that will be served during Zoo Brew, visit

The beer event is sure to please everyone, from the seasoned beer aficionado to guests looking to expand their beer knowledge and understanding. To complete the experience, food items that pair seamlessly with beer, such as hot dogs, brats, burgers, pizza, nachos, jumbo soft pretzels, and popcorn, will be available for purchase.

General admission tickets purchased in advance are $45 or $50 day of event and $35 for zoo members. The general admission ticket includes free parking, admission to the zoo (all day), admission to the ZooBrew tent (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), 3 oz. samplings from more than 60 beers, and a commemorative tasting glass.

New this year is a VIP ticket option ($75 in advance, $85 day of event, $65 for zoo members) that includes:
  • Free parking
  • Admission to the zoo (all day). Exclusive access to the VIP beer garden (open from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
  • Exclusive sampling of select specialty brews in the VIP beer garden and featured samplings of beer and food pairings
  • VIP early admission to the ZooBrew tent (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and unlimited access until 9:00 p.m.
  • 3 oz. samples from more than 60 beers
  • VIP collectible ZooBrew T-shirt

Also available is the VIP designated driver ticket, which is $30 and includes the same perks as the VIP ticket but substitutes unlimited soft drinks instead of beer (designated drivers are not allowed to sample beer). A general admission designated driver ticket is $25 and includes free parking, admission to the zoo (all day), admission to the ZooBrew tent (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), and unlimited soft drinks.

The stein-size fun also includes live music and an opportunity to bid on silent auction items from the participating breweries, such as specialty brews, beer tenders, and other novelty items. On Saturday, August 9, guests can rock out to live music by According to Sarah, Chicago’s premiere ‘90s music cover band. Entertainment for Sunday, August 10, features a performance by Stache, a Chicago-based cover band that rocks out to ‘80s hits.

This event is for adults ages 21 and over. Children will not be allowed to attend the event. Tickets are limited. For reservations and further information, visit

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for Brookfield Zoo's innovative, naturalistic, multispecies exhibits and for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. For further information, visit

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