The Thirsty Beagle: ZooBrew primed for biggest event to date

Friday, September 11, 2015

ZooBrew primed for biggest event to date

The seventh annual ZooBrew beer tasting event at the Oklahoma City Zoo is quickly approaching.

If you don't have tickets, there are a limited amount of general admission spots left. If you already have tickets, then you can look forward to Sept. 25 for the biggest ZooBrew to date.

I caught up with Oklahoma City Zoological Society Executive Director and ZooBrew organizer Dana McCrory this week, and McCrory reports they expect attendance at this year's event to reach the 1,000 mark.

"We started ZooBrew seven years ago as a new event to reach a missing demographic at the Oklahoma City Zoo -- 21- to 35-year-olds," McCrory said. "Little did we know that we were creating our most heavily attended and highly anticipated event for anyone over the age of 21."

The first ZooBrew boasted an attendance of 250.

"We started in the Canopy Restaurant with a handful of distributors and an amazing sponsor, Byron's Liquor," McCrory said. "Now, six years after the inaugural year we have expanded to 1,000 people and we have sold out of tickets every year."

Those of us who have attended regularly over the years know that the move from the Canopy to the outdoor pavilion was a big boost for the event. McCrory said this year's fest -- which offers more than 50 beers from local brewers, distributors and homebrewers -- will feature some new wrinkles as well.

"New this year there will be several food tents and snacks through an expanded event area," she said. "Roughtail has brewed a special brew, Monkey Shines, for the event. Uber is available with a special offer for first-time users.

"T-shirts, a new logo design, koozies for the guests and new tasting mugs are all in the mix this year!"

(Blogger's note: If you want to learn more about Monkey Shines, click here.)

Tickets for the event are $35 for ZooFriends members, $45 for non-members and $10 for designated drivers. They are available at

McCrory said the plan is to continue to grow the event in the coming years.

"We hope to continue the phenomenal growth of ZooBrew and expand the event throughout the zoo in the next three years," she said. "By our 10th anniversary -- who knows, 3,000 attendees?

"We couldn't do any of this without the amazing generosity of distributors, Byron's, breweries, home brewers, great food from OKC Zoo Catering, and of course, the fun, happy beer lovers who attend the event!"

Pints and Pins

-Mustang is open from 4 to 7 p.m. today for pints and growler fills.

-The latest offering from Black Mesa, a Kolsch, is now on tap at Fassler Hall-OKC.

-September tours at Marshall Brewing! This Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

-Speaking of Marshall, they're open for pints and growlers today from noon to 7 p.m.

-Boulevard Cornhole Tourney at The Patriarch tomorrow. More info here.

-COOP Ale Works finally canned its Oktoberfest yesterday! Be on the lookout at your local liquor store.

-I'm fairly certain COOP is open Saturday afternoon for pints and crowlers. But please, check before you go.

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