The National Zoo‘s annual beer tasting smorgasbord, Brew at the Zoo, will return for summer 2009 on Thursday, August 20th. Two dozen breweries of local, national and international stature will be on hand to offer up unlimited servings of high caliber microbrews of every discernible sort – ales, porters, hefeweizens, IPAs and beers so unorthodox that you haven’t heard even of them yet.panda-drink

All of those and more will be all available to top off the standard issue pint glass you receive upon entering. Live music from Gonzo’s Nose and a slew of hors d’oeuvres from the best local eateries round out this three-hour long shindig that’s equal parts Call of the Wild and Animal House. Plus, it’s for charity – all proceeds from the event go to “support animal care, conservation science, education, and sustainability at the National Zoo.”

It is, however, the only yearly Zoo event not open to the young ones and is strictly 21 and up (but at least you’ll only have to worry about embarrassing yourself in front of fully grown adults). DC area beer enthusiasts take note: this easy the best selection of beer in one place outside of the Brickskeller, but it’s been to known to sell out well in advance – so get those tickets NOW.

Here’s the official spiel on ticket prices and the festival’s tre-desirable VIP packages:

Brew at the Zoo
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Main Event: 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Raise your glass to conservation and join FONZ Young Professionals at our annual Brew at the Zoo. Dozens of local microbreweries from Maryland, Virginia, and the District, along with European breweries, will be on hand to share their handcrafted beers. More than 2,000 guests (ages 21-and-over) will attend.

Ticket prices are $35 for FONZ members; $50 for non-members, and includes all beer samples, entertainment, and a commemorative glass. VIP tickets are $70 for members and $85 for non-members.

VIP Brew Club
In addition to general admission benefits, VIP Brew Club ticket holders will also enjoy:
• Exclusive access to a VIP area
• Hors d’oeuvres provided by popular local restaurants
• Private beer bar
• Special animal demonstrations by Zoo staff
• A Brew at the Zoo T-shirt

VIP Brew Club Sponsorship Package

The VIP Brew Club Sponsorship Package gives your organization the opportunity to provide a fun summer outing for clients, employees or summer associates/interns, all while supporting the Zoo.
The package, which costs $2,000, includes 20 VIP Brew Club tickets, your logo on event ads, recognition in pre-publicity and on-site materials, and the FONZ member rate on additional tickets.

For more information and contact info, check out the Brew at the Zoo 2009 website here.

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