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Sat., May 21: Stone Zoo will close at 3:00 p.m. in preparation for our annual Ales & Tails event. Please plan your visit accordingly!



Ales & Tails

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Stone Zoo

May 21, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

21+ Event

Please note: Stone Zoo will close at 3:00 p.m. in preparation for this event.

Wolves, flamingos and beers, oh my! Sip and stroll during this 21+, after-hours event, where you’ll be greeted by animals that call the Zoo home – enjoy a stout while you visit the sloths, or an ale while you stop by our bear exhibit! Beer and food (hot dogs, chips and veggie options upon request) are included with the price of admission.

Breweries and More

Cambridge Brewing Co.

Bone Up Brewing  


True North

Lord Hobo Brewing Company

cheeky monkey  


Restaurants and More

Seasons 52 Bedford Cupcakes 110 Grill
Evviva Trattoria    

Brewery/Restaurant Participation Application

Thank you for your interest in the seventh annual Ales & Tails at Stone Zoo! Please fill out our Vendor Application to participate in this year's event. Once confirmed, your business will be listed with a link and logo on this page. Your company will also be mentioned on Zoo New England's Facebook event page, in e-mail newsletters to 35,000+, as well as on the event handout.


What is included in my ticket?

Your ticket includes beer and food samples, as well as a chance to see the animals. Beer and food (hot dogs, chips and veggie options upon request) are also included with the price of admission.

How early can I enter the Zoo with my event ticket /Does it include normal zoo admission for the day?

Ales & Tails ticket holders will be able to enter the Zoo at 5:00 p.m. Please be aware that IDs will be checked at the gate.

Ales & Tails tickets do not include regular daytime Zoo admission. If you would like to visit the Zoo during normal operating hours, you will need to purchase a regular zoo admission ticket. View rates and hours of operation. 

Will there be food?

Yes! Food samples will be provided by businesses listed above. In addition, the Yukon Creek Cafe will be giving out hot dogs and chips free of charge. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

What if I won't be drinking beer? Do I still need to buy a ticket?

Yes, a ticket and an ID are required for everyone attending the event. There is a designated driver discount available for guests who will not be drinking at the event.

Will there be non-alcoholic beverages at the event?

Yes. Drinks will be available for purchase at the Yukon Creek Cafe and the Trading Post. Bottled water will be provided. Athletic Brewing Company will also offer non-alcoholic beverage sampling.

What are the event hours?

5:00-7:30 p.m.

Where do I park?

Parking is free at Stone Zoo! The Zoo’s parking lot is directly in front of the entrance, off of Pond Street.

Are backpacks allowed at the event? 

Back packs or personal bags larger than 12"x12" will not be permitted. All bags are subject to search.

What do I wear to the event?

Please dress comfortably for a fun evening at the Zoo – remember the event is rain or shine.

What's the age limit? Do I need an ID?

Ales & Tails is a 21+ event. IDs will be checked at the gate. Children and infants will not be admitted. This is for insurance and liability reasons.

Will the event be held in inclement weather?

Yes, the event is held rain or shine – please make sure you dress comfortably for the weather.

Do I need to bring my own glass?

No. Each guest will be provided with a sampling cup.

Is this event raising money for the Zoo?

Yes! Ales & Tails ticket sales and merchandise sales help us raise money to benefit Zoo New England’s operation and continued growth, its education programs, and conservation initiatives.

Can I receive a refund?

No, ticket sales are final. The event is held rain or shine.

What methods of payment will be taken at the event?

Cash or credit (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Amex) will be taken at the event. Checks may be made out to Zoo New England.

When is last call?

Beer samples will be available until 7:30 p.m.

May I bring an infant or young child with me?

No. Absolutely no one under 21 years of age is allowed at Ales & Tails. This is for insurance and liability reasons.

Share your Ales & Tails experience!

We invite you to share your photos from the event by sharing them on your social media pages and tagging them with the official event hashtag, #AlesAndTails. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram (@ZooNewEngland), and Facebook (/StoneZoo).

Thank you!

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Event Sponsorship
Is your company interested in sponsoring this event? Zoo New England has many different types of packages that will fit your company’s goals. Please contact Kevin Milhomme at or 617-379-5131 for more information.