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Zoo Brew

Location: Nairobi Pavilion -- Toledo Zoo

From: September 19, 2014 at 7:00pm to: 11:00pm

Details: Sample a variety of microbrews and enjoy appetizers and music!

Zoo Brew

Friday, September 19

Microbrews—appetizers—live entertainment!

Whether you prefer pilsners, pale ales, or stouts as part of your beer-tasting experience, Zoo Brew has the right suds to please your palate! As part of a laid back evening at The Toledo Zoo, sample a variety of fine microbrews (vendors and products are listed at the bottom of this page). Zoo Brew also features tasty appetizers to keep your energy up, as well as a soda and water station. You can also groove to great live music. Join us for the fun in the Zoo’s Nairobi Pavilion!

Admission to Zoo Brew is $45 ($40 for Toledo Zoo members). Each guest’s ticket includes 12 sample tickets.

New VIP option:

Guests can also choose our new VIP option for $80 ($75 for Zoo members) which includes 15 sample tickets, exclusive sampling of some premium craft beers (see below), bourbon tasting, a Toledo Zoo souvenir glass, and early access to the event at 6:30 pm (including food service).

VIP guests will have the exclusive opportunity to sample the following bourbon products:

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon
Big House Bourbon
Big House Tupelo Honey Bourbon
Wathen’s Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon
James E Pepper 1776 Rye

VIP guests will be invited to exclusive sampling of the following premium craft beers:

Rogue— Hazelnut Brown Nectar

A nutty twist to a traditional European Brown Ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish.  6.2% ABV 33 IBU
Provided by Heidelberg Distributors and Rampant Brands

Victory Brewing Company— Hop Devil India Pale  

Pine, citrus zest, hops, bit of burnt sugar in the nose.  Taste is hoppy with grapefruit rind and citrus zest, a bit of malt sweetness to balance it out and a clean crisp bitter finish. 6.7% ABV IBU: approx. 50-60
Provided by Heidelberg Distributors and Rampant Brands

Leinenkugel Big Eddy—Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
Provided by NWO Beverage

Indigo Imp —Gate Keeper Robust Porter

Provided by NWO Beverage

Great Divide Yeti – Yeti Imperial Stout
Provided by Cavalier Distributors

*Other premimum craft beers may be added to the selection prior to the event.

All other beer products listed below will be available to all Zoo Brew guests throughout the evening

Online reservations will be available in July of 2014

You must be 21 or over to attend Zoo Brew fest. Tickets must be purchased in advance and reservations are required.

Tickets ordered prior to the week of the event(s) will be mailed to the address specified during purchase. All tickets ordered during the week of the event will be put at will call under the ordering person’s name.

All tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable. We are unable to issue exchanges or refunds after a purchase has been made. 

Check out the 2013 Participating Vendors and Featured Products

(2014 vendors and products will be updated in the summer of 2014)

All guests (VIP and non-VIP) will be invited to sample the following beer products:

Maumee Bay Brewing Company

Oktoberfest: Cold lagered for the traditional German beer festival held in late September to mid-October.  Oktoberfest boasts its malty backbone with flavors of toasted bread and caramel and comes together with an even balance of hop bitterness.  Join the fest with a pint or pitcher of Maumee Bay Oktoberfest!  6.3%ABV, 27IBUs

Fire-roasted White Pumpkin Ale: Made with locally grown white pie pumpkins, sugar pumpkins,  and Hubbard Squash.  Our brewers cut the pumpkins, sprinkle them with brown sugar (and love) and bake them in our brick oven.  The care taken in the brewing process is what helps make this orange-hued beauty a seasonal favorite.  It has a nice malt-backbone from the English base malt with the addition of aromatic and chocolate malts, we add nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pie spices …basically everything needed to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.  5.2%ABV, 22IBUs

Buckeye Premium Beer: First introduced in 1838, Buckeye Beer has been a Toledo tradition ever since.  From the earliest days of the brewery near Miami and Erie Canal, Buckeye was destined to be a favorite.  Today, the Buckeye story continues as we again brew this premium beerwith the same care and ingredients that made it the local favorite for over a century.  Always smooth, clean, and crisp.  Buckeye has the flavor and refreshing taste that’s legendary.  Don’t forget, “When you’re dry…drink Buckeye!” 5.2%ABV, 14IBus

India Pale Ale: The story behind this style is long and fascinating, but we won’t bore you with it. Let’s talk about our IPA. We add copious amounts of Centennial hops to the boil, then we go the extra mile and dry hop it with a lot more. It seems almost like overkill, but the crystal malt keeps it nicely balanced. A real treat for the Hopheads and it’s the Brewer’s favorite beer. Pairs well with anything with some heat.  7.0%ABV, 80IBUs

Heidelberg Distributors and Rampant Brands

Magic Hat #9 - Pale Ale  A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not quite pale ale, #9 is really impossible to describe because there’s never been anything else quite like it. ABV: 5.1% IBU: 20

Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Marzen. Smooth with a deep malt complexity. Lightly hopped for a smooth, sweet finish. 5.3% ABV 16 IBU

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald - Porter. Rolling smoothness adds to the drinkability. Medium, chewy body with rich tones of caramels, creamed coffee and dark chocolate. Hops keep an even keel with the malt, yet never become too sharp, with an herbal flavor that fades to citrus. Dry, chocolate-cookie finish. 5.8% ABV 37 IBU

Great Lakes Nosferatu - Imperial Red Ale. Highly hopped imperial red ale rich with flavor, yet remarkably balanced. 8.0% ABV 75 IBU

Sierra Nevada Torpedo - Extra IPA. Very smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness, citric rind, leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, kumquats, papaya, herbal, drying finish. ABV 7.2% 70 IBU

Angry Orchard Hard Cider - This crisp and refreshing cider offers sweet apple notes upfront with a subtle dryness at the finish for a balanced cider taste. The addition of Fuji apples adds a layer of complexity and brings out a fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor. ABV: 5%

Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch, creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuity malt center, and crisp finish. 5.0% ABV 24 IBU

Shiner Oktoberfest, 2012 GABF Gold Medal Winner in Marzen Categaory - This festive Marzen-style seasonal has a deep amber color and slightly toasted flavor. The initial rich malty aroma and sweetness fades to a moderately dry, hoppy finish. 5.7% ABV 18 IBU

Smuttynose Robust Porter - Aroma of chocolate and espresso. The taste begins with a rich malty palate finished with clean hops and notes of coffee and chocolate. Somewhat of a savory finish. ABV 6.2% IBU 43

Woodchuck Fall Cider -  There are few things as spectacular as fall in the Green Mountains that surround our cider. When you add cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of American white oak, you either have yourself some mighty fine cider or your standard Vermont tourism cliche. 5.0

Cavalier Distributors


NWO Beverage

Cellar Rats Brewery - Madison, Ohio
Featured products: P.O.C. Pilsner, Rat Tail Ale

Crispin Super-Premium Natural Hard Apple Ciders - Colfax, California
Featured products: Original Hard Cider

Fox Barrel Cider Company - Colfax, California
Featured products: Pacific Pear Cider

Great Black Swamp Brewing Company - Toledo, Ohio
Featured products: Bay Front Pale Ale, Bull Frog Stout, Sand Piper Golden Ale, Mosquito Red, Wild Duck IPA

Harpoon Brewery - Boston, Massachusetts
Featured products: Leviathan Imperial IPA, Oktoberfest

Leinenkugel Big Eddy - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Featured products: Russian Imperial Stout

Rivertown Brewing Company - Cincinnati, Ohio
Featured products: Blueberry Lager, Pumpkin Ale

Treu House of Munch


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