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Friday, Sept. 24: Due to the potential of severe thunderstorms, Boston Lights is closed tonight. Ticket holders have been automatically refunded – please allow up to 3-5 business days for this to reflect in your account. Please contact us with any questions about your tickets, and thank you for your understanding. We hope to see you another night!

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• Members: Advance reservations for daytime admission are not required.


Ales & Tails

Stone Zoo

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

21+ Event

Please note: Stone Zoo will close at 3:30 p.m. in preparation for this event.

Jaguars and otters 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 alligator exhibit! Beer and food are included with the price of admission.

$60 General Admission | $25 Designated Driver 

Purchase Tickets

Breweries and More

Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. sam adams logo mighty swell logo
ommegang logo cisco logo troegs logo
kona logo nude logo wormtown
athletic brewing
lord hobo 
greater good logo downeast logo
bentwater logo    

Restaurants and More

Cabot Creamery Cooperative Bedford Cupcakes


What is included in my ticket?

Your ticket includes beer and food samples, as well as a chance to see the animals.

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.

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.

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.

Can I purchase tickets at the gate?

Yes, a limited number of tickets will be available for $65 at the gate. 

Are backpacks allowed at the event? 

Backpacks, totes, and shopping bags are allowed and will be 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. Tickets will be $65 the day of Ales & Tails at the gate.

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.

Is there anything I need to know in regards to COVID-19?

Guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear a mask outdoors. If you are unvaccinated, you need to wear a mask in circumstances where you cannot maintain social distance outdoors. Unvaccinated guests must maintain social distance of 6 feet between other guests not in your party.

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!

Proceeds from your Ales & Tails tickets support the operation and continued growth of Stone Zoo, its education programs and conservation initiatives. Looking to make a greater impact? Here are a few more ways you can support our work.

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 617-989-2692 for more information.