The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
partners with Barley's to bring Columbus'
finest brews to their annual fund raiser
No month of August would be complete without witnessing the coming and passing of Brew at the Zoo, the annual fundraiser hosted by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The Zoo gates will stay open until 11 p.m. this Friday, August 28th for this charitable event, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
Along with entertainment and zoo-themed festivities, this night of craft beer indulgence will be highlighted by ales and lagers presented by Barley's, a fixture in the Columbus craft brew community. "In years past, we hosted beers from around the world, but for this year's Brew at the Zoo we will be partnering with Barley's to showcase the best microbrews Columbus has to offer," says Jennifer Wilson, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium communications manager. "We wanted to keep the focus on local breweries."
As advertised, the lineup reeks of Columbus style, as well as some of the more creative fashions from popular microbrewies throughout the Midwest region and across the Unites States.
- Barley's Bombshell Blonde, Barley's Downtown, Columbus, OH
- Barley's MacLenny's Scottish Ale, Barley's Downtown, Columbus, OH
- Barley's Centennial IPA, Barley's Smokehouse, Columbus, OH
- Barley's Cherry Porter, Barley's Smokehouse, Columbus, OH
- Barley's Oktoberfest, Barley's Smokehouse, Columbus, OH
- Barley's Pale ale, Barley's Smokehouse, Columbus, OH
- Shocktop Witbier, Anheuser Busch, Columbus, OH
- 312 Urban Wheat, Goose Island, Chicago, IL
- No. 9 Pale Ale, Magic Hat, Burlington, VT
- Wacko Pale Ale, Magic Hat, Burlington, VT
- Haywire Hefeweizen, Pyramid Brewing, Seattle, WA
Some featured brews sport a robust flavor and creative brewing style, while others simply tease the senses. This line-up of great regional and nationally known beers will tempt the palate of the seasoned craft beer lover and novice alike.
With admission, each participant will receive a beer passport with descriptions of the available beers. As each of the 12 beers is sampled, the pourers mark off the trial within the passport. Tickets are available for purchase afterwards, which can be traded for full 12 oz. pours of your favorite beer. Other attractions include an appearance by the Zoo's Promotions Department, accompanied by Jack Hannah's traveling animals, which will be available for viewing from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Also available are appetizers and raffle drawings for great prizes. Musical entertainment for the night will be provided by the Nate McDonough Band from 8 - 11 p.m.
Tickets, which were available for advance purchase, are now only available at the gate for $45 each and drink tickets inside the gate are $4 each, which can be exchanged for one 12 oz. drink. Proceeds from Brew at the Zoo will go to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Conservation and Education Program and is hosted by the Zoo's Young Professionals Organization.
A better cause to enjoy a night of music and craft beer-related frivolities there is not. If you haven't reserved your ticket, just show up, make your contribution to this naturalist cause, and enjoy some great time with friends and family with a beer in your hand.