Brew at the Zoo

Having been to a lot of beer events over the years, I really wasn’t too excited about Brew at the Zoo. I went anyway since some really good folks are involved with it and because it was for a good cause, United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Plus with a free shuttle bus two blocks from my house, how could I not go? I got to say I was way wrong. There’s something really right about drinking beer while looking at critters.

After 4 years at Elmwood Park Zoo in nearby Norristown, Brew at the Zoo moved to the much larger Philadelphia Zoo this year. The Philadelphia Zoo easily accommodated the larger than expected crowd.

Summer nights in Philadelphia can be hellish, but it was a gorgeous night for it, relatively cool, low humidity, and clear skies. Readily available maps helped folks find the beer and food stands, which were spread around zoo, encouraging visitors to wander around and explore.

Admission to the zoo, beer from several local microbreweries (and a few not so local), and food from several local restaurants were included in the $40 admission price ($50 at the door). This event seemed to attract very few of the usual suspects for craft beer events, showing that Philadelphia’s amazing craft beer scene may have hit the crossover point.

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  1. Cool! I’ll have to make an effort to go next year. Loved it at the Elmwood Park Zoo last year but couldn’t make it this year.

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