The Central Florida’s Zoo’s most popular fundraiser returns next month when Brews Around the Zoo beckons beer lovers to drink up and get wild. On Saturday, April 11 from 6-10pm, more than 30 different beers will be on tap to sample at 15 beer stations located around the zoo. This event raises over $40,000 for the zoo each year and is attended by more than 1,500 people.
Food & Drink
This year’s Brews Around the Zoo will feature beer from all over the US, including several from the Sunshine State at a the Brewed Local station, a new offering this year.
This year's Brews will feature four different entertainment zones, including a main stage with a blues and southern rock band playing all night. There will also be 2 bands in the back (one near the rhino exhibit and one near the herpetarium), as well as a DJ in the splash park.
Tickets, which are now available online, are $40 each and include unlimited pours and bites throughout the event.
For those who might like more substantial sips, there will be a special cup available for $8 or two for $15. This souvenir cup will give you bigger pours at all of the stations.
** Tickets will be $50 at the gate (if available) but this event will likely sell out by April 1**
Beer Pairing Dinner
Enjoy a four-course feast served with a Tampa Bay Brewing Co. pairing at a pre-event beer dinner from 5pm – 7:30pm, a new feature of Brews Around the Zoo this year. Tickets are $80 and include access to Brews Around the Zoo immediately following the dinner.
Overnight and Shuttle Packages
The Zoo has partnered with two local hotels and a taxi service to offer overnight packages. Here are the details:
Hampton Inn & Suites
Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark
Rooms starting at $109* and include shuttle services to and from the event and hot breakfast Sunday morning!
Call 407-995-9000 ext 707 for shuttle details and to make a reservation at the special rate.
Hilton Garden Inn
Rooms starting at $99* and include shuttle services to and from the event and hot breakfast Sunday morning!
Call 407-531-9900 for shuttle details and to make a reservation at the special rate.
Prearrange your transportation
$10 dollars for the first 5 miles and $1 per mile after that
Call 386-262-6476 for details and to make arrangements
Wear comfortable shoes. The event spans nearly the entire the zoo, which means the crowds can spread out but you’ll do a lot of walking.
Buy the souvenir big pour cup. It’s totally worth it.
Go with a big group of friends and make a night of it. This is a super fun event to attend with multiple couples.
This is a 21+ event and attendees are encouraged to designate a sober driver, take advantage of the hotel/shuttle package, rent a party bus or use Uber.