(PHILADELPHIA, PA) -- Philadelphia Zoo announces the return of its legendary Summer Ale Fest on Saturday, July 16th, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Animal and beer lovers are invited to go wild for craft beer, cider and hard seltzer with 100+ selections pouring from over 65 local, regional and national breweries. This exclusive night also features private Zoo access after-hours, live entertainment, delicious lite bites from Philly’s top food trucks (available for purchase) and, of course, the most majestic animals from around the globe.
In addition to offering a special night of memories at one of the region’s most unique attractions, the event raises money to support the Zoo’s mission to create joyful discovery, and inspire action for animals and habitats. Tickets are now on sale for $85 for early access admission, $65 for general admission and $35 for non-drinker admission. Summer Ale Fest is limited to those 21 or older with valid identification. Event is rain or shine. For tickets and more information, visit the Zoo website.
“We are thrilled to bring back Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival, one of the Zoo’s most popular and exciting events of the year,” says Philadelphia Zoo Chief Marketing and Experience Officer Amy Shearer. “Summer Ale Fest the perfect occasion for the 21+ crowd to spend a beautiful evening outdoors, enjoying a delicious craft brew and food, listening to music, seeing animals and making lifelong memories!”
Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Fest will serve up an impressive crop of regional craft brews at this must-attend event for beer enthusiasts. Hot on the heels of Philly Beer Week, Summer Ale Festival continues to quench the region’s unlimited thirst for top quality ales, ciders, seltzers and canned cocktails. Guests will meet dozens of renowned brewers offering delicious award-winning, full-bodied beers and purchase fresh, local fare from the region’s hippest food trucks.
The early list of breweries is who's who of the local, regional and national beer scene with some of the city and country's most notable brewers. The early list is subject to change as the event approaches. The list includes: Aldus Brewing Company, Angry Orchard, Aristaeus Craft Brewing, Bang Seltzer, Bevy Long Drink, Big Oyster, Blake's Hard Cider, Blue Point, Bold Rock Cider, Brewery Techne, Cape May Brewing Company, Chatty Monks Brewing Company, Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, Coastal Spritz, Conshohocken, Cricket Hill, Devils Backbone, Dewey, Dock Street, Double Nickel Brewing Co, Downeast Cider, Eight & Sand Beer Co., Everyday Weekend, Evil Genius Beer Company, Fegleys, Flying Fish, Gay Beer, Glasstown, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Heavy Seas Beer, Hokkaido Brewing, Iron Hill, Jack's Hard Cider, Japas Cervejaria, Levante Brewing, Lithermans Limited Brewery, Logyard Brewing, Loverboy, McAllister Brewing Company, MudhenBrew, New Belgium, Palmia, Picnic Brunch, Ploughman Cider, Rebel Hard Coffee & Tea, River Horse Brewing Co, Saugatuck Brewing Company, Ship Bottom, Singlecut, Sixpoint, Sir Charles Hard Cider, Southern Tier, Spring House Brewing, Stable 12 Brewing Company, Stewarts seltzer, Suburban Brewing Company, Triple Bottom, Tröegs Independent Brewing, Truly, Two Roads Brewing Co, Urban Village Brewing Co., Victory Brewing Company, Von C Brewing Co., Workhorse, Wyndridge, Yards Brewing Company, and Yuengling.
After guests quench their thirst, they can enjoy delicious lite bites purchased at more than a dozen food trucks also situated throughout the Zoo. The growing list of food trucks so far includes: BYZ. Empire, Calle Del Sabor, Deke's Food Truck, The Fabulous Fig, Grubaholics, The Little Sicilian, Mi Pueblito Tacos, The Munchy Machine, and Philly Hots.
For entertainment, look for live music acts, local music favorites and DJs spread throughout the festival. For a full complete list of musical acts and food trucks, stay tuned to the Zoo's social media as the event approaches.
In addition to offering a night of fun and memories for adults only at one of Philly’s top cultural attractions, Summer Ale Festival serves as a fundraiser and supports the Zoo in its mission to create joyful discovery and inspire action for animals and habitats. Three ticket options are on sale now for this special benefit event.
Early Access: 6:00pm to 7:00pm is $85 per person and includes: Entrance into the Festival one hour early; Evening admission to the Zoo; Souvenir tasting cup; and Unlimited beer sampling
General Admission: 7:00pm to 10:00pm is $65 per person includes: Evening admission to the Zoo; Souvenir tasting cup; and Unlimited beer sampling
Non-Drinker: $35 includes: Evening admission to the Zoo; and Complimentary bottle of water at event entrance
Summer Ale Fest is limited to those 21 or older with valid identification. Tickets are available for purchase online and will not be available for purchase at the door. Taps close 30 minutes prior to the event end. This is a rain or shine event.
Animals are on the move like never before at Philadelphia Zoo with Zoo360, a first-in-the-world system of see-through trails passing through treetops, crossing over pathways and connecting habitats, giving animals like amazing big cats, majestic primates and marvelous meerkats the opportunities to travel and explore. Visit western lowland gorillas, giraffes, hippos, white rhino, zebras, red pandas, Amur tigers and more at America’s first Zoo. Explore a 42-acre Victorian garden and enjoy award-winning exhibits Philadelphia Zoo is one of the region's foremost conservation organizations and home to nearly 1,700 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility.