Lions, Tigers and Beers, Oh My! Summer Ale Festival Returns to Philadelphia Zoo

-Courtesy of Aversa PR & Events

Philadelphia Zoo is bringing more than 100 award-winning craft beers, seltzers, ciders, delicious local food trucks and live music to its 42-acre campus for the best beer festival of the season. Summer Ale Festival presented by Constellation is the only beer celebration in the region set among big cats, great apes and other incredible animals. Summer Ale Fest is happening Saturday, June 24 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

This year’s brewery lineup includes local favorites like Victory Brewing Company, Evil Genius Beer Company, River Horse Brewing Company, Iron Hill, Conshohocken Brewing Company, Wissahickon Brewing Company and more. For the freshest food for purchase, local food trucks The Fabulous Fig, Bonjour Creperie, The Munchy Machine, Calle Del Sabor and more will be set up around the Zoo for every appetite. The live music line up includes the return of indie surf rock band Dry Reef and Philadelphia’s own Mr. Hollywood DJ who are sure to keep guests grooving. 

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 $45 for non-drinker admission. Early access and general admission tickets include free parking and a complimentary shuttle to and from 30th Street Station. For tickets and more information, visit Summer Ale Fest is limited to those 21 or older with valid identification. Event is rain or shine.

“We’re proud to put on one of the premier beer festivals in the region,” said Vice President of Mission, Guest and Community Engagement Cara Treadway. “There’s no other place this summer where you’ll be able to try more than 100 different beers, ciders and seltzers and experience the breathtaking beauty of nature and wildlife all in one amazing night. More importantly, the proceeds from this fun event support the animals in our care as well as the Zoo’s conservation work and ability to bring under-resourced families to the Zoo that might not otherwise be able to visit. It truly is a special event.”

Philadelphia Zoo serves up an impressive crop of regional craft brews at this must-attend event for beer enthusiasts. Hot on the heels of 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 List of Breweries (subject to change):
●     Decadent Ales
●     Dock Street Brewery South  
●     MudHen        
●     Oslo    
●     Urban Village Brewing Company      
●     Stable 12        
●     Blake’s Hard Cider Co.          
●     Double Nickel Brewing Co.    
●     Flying Fish      
●     Ommegang    
●     River Horse Brewing Company        
●     Spring House Brewing Company      
●     Stoudts Brewing        
●     Two Roads Brewing Company        
●     Yards Brewing Company      
●     Eight and Sand Beer Co.      
●     Singlecut        
●     Cape Beverage          
●     Evil Genius Beer Company
●     Great Lakes Brewing Co.      
●     Heavy Seas  
●     Yuengling      
●     Beatbox Brew
●     Big Oyster Brewery  
●     Blue Point      
●     Claffey’s Cocktails
●     Conshohocken Brewing Company  
●     Downeast Cider        
●     Iron Hill          
●     La Cabra Brewing      
●     Two Roots Brewing Co.        
●     Victory Brewing Company    
●     Workhorse Brewing Co.        
●     Zero Gravity Craft Brewery  
●     Chestnut Hill Brewing Company      
●     Mcallister brewing      
●     Ploughman Cider      
●     Punch Buggy Brewing          
●     Triple Bottom
●     Von C
●     Wissahickon Brewing Company      
●     Dewey Beer Co.        
●     Fegley’s Brew Works
●     Aldus Brewing Co.    
●     Saugatuck Brewing Co.        
●     Alementary    
●     Brewery Techne        
●     Prison Pals    
●     Lost Time      
●     Rrey Cerveza
●     Rupee

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:

●     BYZ. Empire  
●     Philly Hots      
●     Calle Del Sabor        
●     The Munchy Machine
●     The Little Sicilian        
●     The Pasta Truck        
●     Bonjour Creperie      
●     The Fabulous Fig      

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 the return of indie surf rock band Dry Reef and Philadelphia’s own Mr. Hollywood DJ who are sure to keep guests grooving.

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.

Tickets (includes admission to the Zoo):
●     Early Admission (6-10pm): $95
●     General Admission (7-10pm): $75
●     Non-drinker (admitted with their party at either 6pm or 7pm): $45
●     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
●     This is a 21+ event.  No one under 21 will be admitted, including children and infants

Tickets are available exclusively through and will not be available for purchase at the door.  Taps close 30 minutes prior to event end. This is a rain or shine event.

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