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Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival July 20



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Philadelphia, PA– Philadelphia Zoo is bringing more than 100 award-winning craft beers, ciders, hard iced teas, hard seltzers, local food trucks and live music to its 42-acre campus for the wildest festival of the season. Summer Ale Festival is the only beer celebration in the region where guests can visit animals like big cats, great apes and more. Summer Ale Festival is happening Saturday, July 20, 2024 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm with taps closing at 9:30pm. This year’s brewery lineup includes local favorites like Tired Hands Brewing Company, Three 3’s Brewing Company, Two Locals Brewing, Dock Street Brewing, and amazing out-of-towners like Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, Desperate Times Brewery, New Trail Brewing Company, Ship Bottom Brewery, and more. Non-beer beverages include Stateside Seltzer, Sea Isle Ice Tea, Downeast Cider and more. For the freshest food for purchase, local food trucks Bacon on a Stick, BYZ Empire, Calle Del Sabor, Bonjour Creperie and more will be serving up specials to satisfy any appetite. Stay tuned for the full music lineup coming out later this spring. In addition to offering a special night of memories at one of the region’s most unique attractions, the event raises money to support the Zoo’s mission to create joyful discovery, and inspire action for animals and habitats.  Tickets are now on sale for $95 for early access admission, $75 for general admission and $35 for non-drinker admission. For a limited time, early bird tickets are $80 for early access and only $60 for general admission- while supplies last! All tickets include free parking and a complimentary shuttle to and from 30th Street Station. For tickets and more information, visit www dot philadelphiazoo dot com. Summer Ale Fest is limited to those 21 or older with valid identification. Event is rain or shine.

“We hear year after year from our guests that this festival offers a great variety of beverages and gives them the chance to see our animals up close with fewer crowds,” said Vice President of Guest Experience Cara Treadway. “Not only is Philadelphia Zoo's Summer Ale Festival an incredibly fun night, but more importantly, supports the animals in our care, our global conservation work, and our local community programs.”

Philadelphia Zoo serves up an impressive crop of regional craft brews at this must-attend event for beer enthusiasts. Held every year in summer months, and after Philly Beer Week, Summer Ale Festival continues to quench the region’s unlimited thirst for top quality ales and ciders. Guests will meet dozens of renowned brewers offering delicious award-winning, full-bodied beers and purchase fresh, local fare from the region’s hippest food trucks.

Full Brewery List (Subject to Change)
Aldus Brewing Co.
Alternate Ending
Angry Orchard
Big Oyster Brewery
Bitchin' Kitten Brewery
Beatbox Brew ("Party Punch")
Bout the Hops
Braeloch Brewing Beer
Brewery Techne
Broad Street Brewing
Cape May Beverage
Chestnut Hill Brewing Company
Conshohocken Brewing Company
Desperate Times Brewery
Dewey Beer Co.
Dock Street Brewery
Double Nickel Brewing Co.
Downeast Cider
Evil Genius
Fegley's Brew Works
Fishtown Ice Tea
First State
La Cabra Brewing
Lost Time
Love City Brewing Company
New Ridge Brewing
New Trail Brewing
Neshaminy Creek
Prison Pals
Revolution Bees
Sam Adams
Sea Isle Ice Tea
Ship Bottom Brewery
Slack Tide
South County Brewing
Spellbound Brewing
Spring House Brewing Company
Swedesboro Brewing Company
Three 3's
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Triple Bottom
Twisted Tea
Two Locals Brewing
Two Roads Brewing Company
Urban Village Brewing Company
Von C
Westville Brewery
Wissahickon Brewing Company
Workhorse Brewing Co.
Yards Brewing Company
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery

After guests quench their thirst, they can enjoy delicious lite bites purchased at more than a dozen food trucks also situated throughout the Zoo. This year’s early food truck list includes:

A Taste of Philly
Bacon on a Stick
Bonjour Creperie
BYZ. Empire
Calle Del Sabor
Deke's BBQ
The Little Sicilian
The Pasta Truck

In between dining and drinks under the stars, look for live entertainment that will also have you dancing from Zoo exhibit to exhibit. The line up includes a mix of live bands and top local DJs  who are sure to keep guests grooving.

Tickets (includes admission to the Zoo):
-   Early Admission (6-10pm; taps close at 9:30pm): $75-$90; early bird pricing expiring soon
-   General Admission (7-10pm; taps close at 9:30pm):  $65-$75; early bird pricing expiring soon
-   Non-drinker (admitted with their party at either 6pm or 7pm): $35
-   Zoo Members enjoy a $10 discount on all tickets

Know before you go:
-   Free, complimentary parking
-   Free shuttle is available from 30th Street Station
-   Guests will receive one (1) souvenir tasting cup
-   This is a rain or shine event
-   Taps close 30 minutes prior to event end at 9:30pm
- This is a 21+ event.  No one under 21 will be admitted, including children and infants

Summer Ale Fest is limited to those 21 or older with valid identification. Tickets are available exclusively through the Zoo’s website and will not be available for purchase at the door. This is a rain or shine event. Summer Ale Fest serves as a fundraiser and supports Philadelphia Zoo in its mission to create joyful discovery and inspire action for animals and habitats.

At Philadelphia Zoo, the Zoo moves around you! Pioneering Zoo360, a first-in-the-world system of animal exploration trails, Philadelphia Zoo has inspired more than 70 zoos around the globe to design new ways to invite animals to travel and roam through their own campuses. Passing through treetops, crossing over pathways and connecting habitats, Zoo360 provides Philadelphia Zoo’s beautiful big cats, playful lemurs, and lively monkeys innovative ways to explore and marvel at one another and our guests. Visit our quickly-growing sloth bear cubs in Bear Country, the new Ankole cattle hillside, Amur tigers at Big Cat Falls, western lowland gorillas in PECO Primate Reserve, Victorian crown pigeons at McNeil Avian Center, and hippos, zebras and white rhino throughout African Plains. Share a space with critically endangered lemurs as you wander through our new Lemur Island, look up as you feed the world's tallest animal at Giraffe Experience, or get up-close as you hand-serve colorful birds their meals at Wings of Asia. Philadelphia Zoo is one of the region's foremost conservation and education organizations and home to endangered, and in some cases extinct, animals in the wild. By connecting people with wildlife, Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is a non-smoking facility. For more information, visit Facebook: PhiladelphiaZoo; Instagram: @philadelphiazoo; X (formerly Twitter): @phillyzoo; TikTok: @philadelphiazoo