The National Zoo’s 7th annual Brew at the Zoo fundraiser is this Thursday, July 14 from 6-9pm. Proceeds from this event support animal care, conservation science, education, and sustainability at the National Zoo.

This year’s event features more than 40 microbreweries and distributors (many, but not all of them featuring craft beer) including:

Abita Brewing Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company, Boston Beer Company, Brasserie d’ Achouffe, Breckenridge Brewery, Brewery Ommegang, Capitol City Brewing Co., Chang Beer, Crispin, Crown Imports, Guinness, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Flying Dog, Fordham Brewing Co., Global Beer Network, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Harpoon Brewery, Heavy Seas Beer, Heineken USA, Leinenkugel’s, Long Trail Brewing Company, Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Magic Hat Brewing Co., McSorley’s, MillerCoors, Old Dominion Brewing Company, PALM Breweries, Port City Brewing Company, Shiner Beers, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Starr Hill Brewing Company, Stella Artois/Hoegarden/Leffe, UNIBROUE(La Brasserie Unibroue), Wetten Importers, Widmer Brothers, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Yuengling.

General admission tickets are still available. They are $50 for Friends of the National Zoo members (you can sign up to be a part of FONZ here) and $65 for non-members. The ticket includes all beer sampling, a commemorative mug, and live music from the local band White Ford Bronco.

Tickets can be purchased in two ways. You can buy your tickets at any National Zoo gift shop between 9 a.m and 4:30 p.m. and pay no service fees, or you can buy Brew at the Zoo tickets online or by calling Ticketmaster at 202-397-7328.


Sober driver tickets are also available for $20. Sober drivers will not receive a commemorative mug and will not be served beer.

All but $25 of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

As I mentioned last year, this event 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?” Why would you want to miss out on that? See you there!