Ales & Tails

Cheers to another great Ales & Tails! Thanks to all of our guests who joined us to sample brews and tasty bites, and supported our commitment to saving species!

21+ Event

Stone Zoo’s annual beer-tasting event, Ales & Tails features stations hosted by a variety of breweries and the opportunity to stroll amongst the animals– including black bears, North American river otters, cougars and many other amazing species that call the Zoo home.

Keeper Chats

  • 5:30 p.m. – Flamingo 
  • 6:00 p.m. – Jaguar 
  • 6:30 p.m. – Snow leopard 
  • 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Rotating animal encounters along the main path, near the entrance

VIP Perks

VIP ticket-holders receive exclusive refreshments in our VIP area from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m., an event T-shirt and swag, tasty food offerings from 110 Grill, beer-sampling provided by Clown Shoes, and the chance to meet some special animal ambassadors, including Molasses, our Linne’s two-toed sloth (5:30 - 6:00 p.m.) and Ariel, our fennec fox (6:00 - 6:30 p.m.! Please note: This is subject to change due to weather and animals' needs.

Thank you!
Proceeds from Ales & Tails support the operation and continued growth of Zoo New England, its education programs and conservation initiatives.


Small Change Lordhobo Logo Downtheroad Logo
Brooklynbrewing 21st amendment Bantam Cider
Clownshoesbrewing  Willie's Superbrew

City Roots Cider

Samuel Adams  UFO


Wachusett Brewing Company  Allagash Brewing Company 

Smuttynose Brewing Company

Cisco Brewers Wormtown Brewery

 Hopsters Brewing Company

 Lagunitas Brewing Company Southern Tier Brewing Company 

Sixpoint Brewery

Victory Brewing Company  











Food and other Beverages

t'ahpas 529 red heat Burton's Grill
 110 Grill




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 Safari Grill 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 Safari Grill 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 and features both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

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.

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 TwitterInstagram and Snapchat (@ZooNewEngland), and Facebook (/StoneZoo).

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 kmilhomme@zoonewengland.org or 617-989-2692 for more information.