Brew at the Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Saturday, August 15

Thank you to everyone who attend BATZ 2018! We hope you had as much fun as we did!

About Brew at the Zoo

21+ Event

Walk on the wild side as you sample offerings from a variety of breweries and restaurants. Sip some delicious brews and visit with western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, pygmy hippos, and other species in the Zoo’s Tropical Forest Pavilion, as well as giraffes, zebras, kangaroos and many other animals. Don’t miss a visit to Aussie Aviary, a seasonal free-flight aviary featuring brightly-colored budgies. The entire zoo (weather permitting) will be open for this event.

Wander off the beaten path on a prehistoric journey through time in Franklin Park Zoo’s all-new immersive experience, Destination Dino! You’ll come face-to-face with colossal creatures from the past, from the towering Tyrannosaurus Rex to the emu-like Citipati.

4:30 - 4:50 p.m.: Lost Breweries of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, an illustrated talk by Michael Reiskind, historian of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society (full details below).

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


 Aeronaut Logo  Boneup Logo  Brooklynbrewing
 Cambridgebrewingco Logo Percival Logo   Willies Logo
Mightyswell Logo Narragansett Logo  Turtleswamp Logo
 Lagunitas (1) Mayflowerbrewing   Tiger Logo
ClownShoesBeer Bira91 Logo Whalers
 Deadwood Logo 21stAmendment Castleisland Logo 
Guinness Logo
Lordhobo Logo Shiner 
 TrueNorth Jackabbey Logo  Stone Brewery
Moonhill Logo Lefty Brewery  UFO Brewery 
Harpoon Logo  Stormalong Logo  Founders Logo
Startline Logo  Samadams Logo  Zelus Logo
Flying Dreams Logo Ipswichale Logo   Johnharvards Logo
Downtheroad Logo  Westfieldriver Logo  Thetap Logo
Portico Logo Tworoadsbrewing  Glutenberg Logo
 Exibitalogo  Peakorganicbrewery  Bantamcider

Food and other Beverages

7Ate9 Logo  Willowtree Logo (1) Wegmans Logo
 Utz Backdeck Californiapizzakitchen Logo
 Kaserei Logo
 Kind Logo
 Smirnoff Logo Spindrift Logo  Sparklingice Logo 


3:30 p.m.

Andrew Geano is a Boston-based singer-songwriter who has been performing his unique style of deep, enigmatic acoustic pop-rock throughout the metro area since 2011. Engaging melodies laced with poignant lyrics and rich acoustic textures, Andrew's style of music is just as much influenced by the anthemic sounds of rock bands such as Radiohead, Pavement, Brand New and R.E.M., as it is the intimate stylings of solo artists such as John Mayer, Liz Phair, Jeff Buckley, and Loudon Wainwright III.
Location: Giddy-Up Grill

The Bag Family Band
Location: Aussie Aviary
This group plays a combination of original and traditional folk and Americana music.

Bostonmix DJ
Location: Zebra entrance

4:30 p.m.

Mysticalmisfits Logo

Mystical Misfits deliver original interpretations of Grateful Dead and other classic rock songs, infusing groovy rhythms, group improvisation and searing solos. A blend of rock, blues and country, with passionate vocals, this band gets everyone in the audience dancing and singing. They've been performing together twice a month for seven years at the Midway Cafe.
Location: Butterfly Hollow

Illustrated Talk: Lost Breweries of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain

4:30 - 4:50 p.m.
Tropical Forest Hippo Theater

An illustrated talk by Michael Reiskind, historian of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society

In 1900, Boston had the most breweries per person of any city in the country - and the overwhelming majority of them were in the Stony Brook area of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. During the heyday of Boston breweries, this area was the center of the industry with at least 24 breweries along the banks of the Stony Brook.

Learn about about the history of brewing in Boston and the Irish and German immigrants who established the breweries in our city. This talk will concentrate on the beer factories in the Stony Brook area and the history of the adjoining neighborhoods as they developed from the 1840’s to the present.

Michael Reiskind, vice-president and historian of the JP Historical Society, has been researching Boston's historic breweries for more than twenty years. He has conducted several walking and bus tours of the Stony Brook brewery district.


Transportation will be provided to and from the Forest Hills MBTA station and the Zoo at the following times, running continuously:

  • 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.: Forest Hills MBTA to Franklin Park Zoo's Giraffe Entrance
  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Franklin Park Zoo's Giraffe Entrance to Forest Hills MBTA

Zoo staff will be available to assist in boarding buses.


What is included in my ticket?

Your ticket includes beer and food samples, as well as a chance to see the animals. You will also receive a commemorative Brew at the Zoo sampler cup!

How early can I enter the Zoo with my event ticket (does it include normal zoo admission for the day)?

Ticket holders will be able to enter the Zoo at 3:30 p.m. Please be aware that IDs will be checked at the gate.

Brew at the Zoo 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. 

Please note that the zoo will be closing at 1:00 p.m. for event set-up on August 18, so you will need to re-enter with your Brew at the Zoo ticket at the start of the event. 

Will there be food?

Yes! Food samples will be provided by the Food & Beverage vendors listed above. In addition, the Giddy-up Grill will be giving out complimentary hot dogs and French fries, as well as food available for purchase.

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 are no discounted tickets for those who will not be drinking beer.

Will there be non-alcoholic beverages at the event?

Yes. Drinks will be available for purchase in the Things Wild gift shop. In addition, complimentary water, Sparkling Ice and Spindrift Sparkling Water will be available.

What are the event hours?

3:30-7:30 p.m., with special early access for VIP ticket holders at 3:30 p.m.

Where do I park?

You may park at the parking lot by our “Zebra Entrance” on Franklin Park Road, or our “Giraffe Entrance” off Pierpont Road.

Will there be transportation provided?

Yes. See the "Transportation" tab above.

Can I purchase tickets at the gate?

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

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.

Are backpacks allowed?

Backpacks, totes and shopping bags will not be allowed into the event.

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

Brew at the Zoo is a 21+ event. IDs will be checked at the gate. Children and infants will not be admitted.

What breweries are represented?

You can check the list of breweries above.

Is the whole Zoo open during the event?

Yes, the entire Zoo will be open except the Bird's World building! Please note that some exhibits may close early. We cannot guarantee that a certain animal will be out, as that will depend on each animal's needs the day of the event.

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 given a commemorative Brew at the Zoo sampler cup.

Is this event raising money for the Zoo?

Yes! Brew at the Zoo 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. No refunds or exchanges. 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 night of Brew at the Zoo.

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 Brew at the Zoo. This is for insurance and liability reasons.

Share your Brew 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, #BrewFPZ.

You can find us on Twitter (@ZooNewEngland), Instagram (@ZooNewEngland), and Facebook (/FranklinParkZoo) and Snapchat (@ZooNewEngland).

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 Audrey Bedoucha at abedoucha@zoonewengland.org or 617-989-2692 for more information.