Zoo Brew Packs ’em In

The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA, is best known for recently renovating its aged exhibits to give the animals a habitat more akin to where their kind live in the wild. However, on Thursday, October 4, it hosted a new breed of wild animal – beer geeks.

True to this tradition, zoo volunteers erected native tent-like booths with jockey boxes and tap handles sporting brands such as Snoqualmie, Reuben’s, and Lagunitas. Brew at the Zoo is popular venue at many cities including Washington DC, Los Angeles, Batimore, Louisville, Denver and Miami to name a few. Beer geeks are good fund-raiser fodder. This event was very well attended once again.

Local breweries stepped up to help zoo staff provide the beer geek’s favorite craft beers, notably, Reuben’s (a creative new brewery in Ballard), Lazy Boy, Maritime Pacific, Odin, Fremont, SnoqualmieMac & Jack’s, and Georgetown. The booths were mostly manned by zoo volunteers and sadly few knew much about what they were pouring.


There was a great turnout from brewers outside the local environs; BridgeportNew BelgiumLost CoastDeschutes and Cascade Lakes, to name a few. There also was a cider room represented by Fox Barrel, Angry Orchard, Strongbow, Woodchuck and Crispin.


The beer selections were fantastic. Standards like IPAs, Blondes and lagers were there for the less aggressive of the species, while Oktoberfests, pumpkin ales and winter warmers delighted the more adventurous.

The event had some particularly nice touches. Live music from the Boys of Greenwood Glen kept toes tapping as the evening chill came upon us.

Ample food was available in the Rain Forest Food Pavilion. Extra  taste tokens were just $1. There was plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and the penguin and jaguar exhibits were open for public viewing.


Photography and content by Bob Shoemaker (bobshoemaker@hoppytrailsbeernews.com)
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