The Los Angeles Brew at the Zoo is an event put on by the zoo itself, and is on its 5th year. If this line tells us anything, it’s that this event is sought out by beer lovers across Los Angeles, and that you should probably attend next year before the event gets overrun.
This was the general admission line, where the VIP ticket allows you an hour early entry, typical to most beer festivals. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I found.
Before we even got to the front of the line a zoo employee was walking around handing out maps. (nice touch) Unbeknownst to me, this event was basically spread almost throughout the ENTIRE Los Angeles Zoo. There were zones labeled with specific breweries…
VIP lounges spread throughout (which I did not have access to), game stops, and pub food spots too.
Of course upon entering you get a wristband corresponding with your ticket, a map if you didn’t get one already, and a little tasting glass to get your drink on. Most beer fests, like the Surf ‘n’ Suds beer festival for instance, had glass cups. The Zoo was smart by giving you a plastic one with a handle. Easier to hold, and not as dangerous when the drunk people inevitably drop their glasses. Because it will, and always does happen.
The game stop my sister and I found bestowed a giant game of chess, giant Jenga, giant connect four, and then smaller versions of each with tables. No one was enjoying the festivities until my sister and I wandered in to play some connect four…then everyone started to drink a little more and enjoy playing child games with adult beverages. Always makes for a fun night. I thought this was a super cool touch to an already awesome event!
Of course, there were awesome breweries strewn across the entire zoo, Angel City Brewery being one of them. Angel City is cool because they’re local! They’re located in downtown LA. It’s nice to have breweries native to Los Angeles right here where we can try them!
Most of the breweries featured their IPA’s because they’ve become wildly popular in the last few years. I also think this is a good way for patrons to get their buzz on even when they’re only getting 2 oz pours at a time. And the lines were no joke. VIP is definitely the way to go for this event.
There were also radio stations (Amp Radio, KROQ) and cover bands all over the place keeping the vibe going with good music. This is something I haven’t experienced at a beer fest before. There’s generally a DJ or one band, but Brew at the Zoo had a ton so you’d never miss out on the music no matter where you in the zoo you were.
There were also typical zoo attractions like this zoo employee holding this little snake giving the guests facts and tidbits about the animal. That was a nice touch. It stayed true to the zoo while still being a place for beer lovers to come and try new brews.
There were also some not so traditional attractions like this painting station. This was so much fun because it kind of felt like those wine and art nights where you and friends can bring a bottle of wine and get your paint on. They hung them up to dry and then you could come back and take them home with you before you left!
Ultimately Brew at the Zoo was typical in the way of the breweries, but so different when it comes to what you can do there. Whether you want to just hang out and listen to music and grab a snack, paint and play games with friends, or get some interesting facts on the animals…this is the beer fest for you!