Photo via Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Ever brag to a friend that you sipped craft brews in the company of a 150 pound Komodo dragon?

It doesn’t happen often. You could say it’s as rare as an Aldabra tortoise. In fact, it happened last year for the first time, at The Bronx Zoo, and it’s happening again, when Brew at the Zoo returns to the Bronx on Friday, June 16.

Last year’s event sold out but general admission tickets are still available – for now.

Flash back to childhood and see gelada baboons, southern white rhinos, grizzly bears, and others, beginning at 6pm. The animals retire for the evening by 7:30 – except for the sea lions, who will be out swimming all evening.

Did you know that Coney Island Mermaid is the best selling pilsner in New York City? Try one while toasting a ring-tailed lemur. The craft brew nerds are raving about the Hell or High Watermelon from San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery. See what the fuss is about. With more than 100 brews to choose from, surely some of them will get you and your posse’s “seal of approval.”

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brew at the zoo
Photo via Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Beers without a nosh? Absurd. Everyone raves about Luke’s Lobster crab roll, but we think the lobster grilled cheese is the go-to. Then for dessert, stuff your face with Dippin’ Dots – just don’t feed them to the animals.

New this year, Brew at the Zoo will feature live music and DJs. There’s also a retro game room (Pac-Man, anybody?); there will be karaoke (note to self: rehearse “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Welcome to the Jungle”); and animal IQ bar trivia will leave you better informed (just what is a female elephant called?).

Last call will be at 10:45pm. Before then, enjoy all the unlimited beer samplings, live entertainment, photo booth, and exhibit access.

The best thing about Brew at the Zoo? Net proceeds support the Wildlife Conservation Society, so you can drink beer while saving wildlife and their habitats around the globe.

VIP tickets are already sold out but all the fun above can be enjoyed with a general admission ticket. Brokelyn readers can use promo code InsideTheZoo for $5 off the $69.99 general admission price by clicking here.

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