Too many things in life are taken for granted; sometimes you just need to take everything in for what it is. Now a-days, people can’t even make a solid conversation with one another unless it’s through some sort of social media or cell phone. As we grow older, we need to appreciate the little things in life, the things that brighten our days as a kid, like visits to the zoo. That’s where Zoo Brew steps in to help fuse that 13 year old rugrat within your grown up self for one evening.
Thanks to the wonderful people over at the Detroit Zoo and brewers across Michigan, you can unleash your inner child and wreak havoc with explore things like polar bears, lions, and anteaters with craft beer in hand. It’s a 21 and up event, so it’s a no holds event to break free and actually enjoy the zoo without the little ones nagging you to see the giraffes six times in one day.
Walking into the zoo past five is a very introspective moment, it’s quiet, the sun is starting to set, and you get this feeling as if you shouldn’t be there. As you make your way around the corner and towards the festivities, you realize you’re exactly where you need to be. With tickets in one hand and a tasting cup in the other, you’re ready to take on the night alongside hundreds of other beer geeks and some crazy creatures. Going up and down the main strip of the zoo, there are stations set up with volunteers helping pour oodles upon oodles of your favorite craft beers. From Bell’s Brewery to Short’s, and even smaller local breweries like Witch’s Hat Brewing Company, the craft breweries were out in full force providing guests with their tasty beverages as they perused the park. Drinking a CEO Stout from Right Brain Brewery and watching anteaters run-a-muck should be a must on everyone’s list of things to do before they die.
As night started to settle in and the amount of tickets grew less and less, grown adults started meandering around the zoo looking for the next laugh. Some decided to make up random conversations between two Red Kangaroos, while others tugged at spouse’s shoulders, craving to see polar bears. But as music started to hit the air, it seems that it was only natural for the crowd to follow the beat and let the furry critters rest. Winding down the night, everyone cashed in the remainder of their pink tickets and grooved to the sounds of some familiar tunes. The bands played a creative collection of classic rock favorites and as the last beers were poured for the evening, it was eventually time for everyone to part ways. The Detroit Zoo did a phenomenal job, showing everyone that you don’t need to be a kid just to enjoy a visit to the zoo; instead, it might just take a couple of crafty brews in hand.
The next Brew Zoo is September 26th, tickets go on sale June 16th, you can grab em’ here. The last one sold out weeks before so grab yours before it’s too late!!