Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Rodenbach and rhinos. Brown bears and brown ales. Kolsch and koalas. Stouts and snakes. This is just a smattering of the beer and animal combinations that you will be able to experience at the National Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo 2010, which will be held on July 15 from 6 to 9pm. This event, which is a must-attend every year, gives zoo patrons the chance to sip on some high quality craft brews and consider such fauna conundrums as “why ARE pandas so reluctant to get pregnant?” and “if I was a giraffe, how high would the bar have to be built for me to sip pints from it?”

Tickets go on sale for this event on June 1. Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) will be charged $40 for regular admission and $75 for VIP admission. Non-FONZ members will pay $55 for regular admission and $90 for VIP admission.

VIP tickets come with the added benefits of: exclusive access to a VIP area, hors d’oeuvres provided by popular local restaurants (last year it was Armand’s Pizzeria, Hard Times Cafe, and Rocklands Barbecue), a private beer bar, special animal demonstrations by National Zoo staff, and a Brew at the Zoo T-shirt.


As far as the beers go? Well there’s a healthy variety. Last year’s selection included the Boston Beer Company, Brewery Ommegang/Duvel Moortgat, Crown Imports, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog Brewery, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Harpoon Brewery, Hook and Ladder Brewing Co., Independent Brewers United (Magic Hat Brewing Co. & Pyramid Brewing Co.), Legends Limited, Otter Creek Brewing/Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales, Paleewong Trading Co., Inc., Peak Organic Brewing Co., Saranac F.X. Matt Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and Stoudt’s Brewing Company.

This should be an excellent event and one that has sold out in past years. You can buy tickets on June 1 here: