South Bend’s 9th Annual ‘Zoo Brew’ Festival Planned for September 16th

South Bend, IN – Saturday, September 16th will be a wild time at the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend. The 9th annual Zoo Brew Craft Beer Festival will take place from 6-9 pm on the zoo grounds. VIP ticket holders will be allowed entry at 5:00 for an additional hour of animals and craft beers and access to some limited-availability special beers.

The zoo will be closed to the public for the entire day to allow time to set up the brewers’ tents and equipment, the stage and the food trucks. The breweries will be dispersed all over the park grounds, so that the patrons will be able to take their time and enjoy the zoo as they taste some fine craft beers.

There will be 18-20 brewers and representatives pouring beer from their own breweries, including local favorites Bare Hands Brewery, Evil Czech, Crooked Ewe, and Heavenly Goat, as well as HopLore Brewing from Leesburg, and several others. Great breweries from a bit further away will include Tapistry Brewing from Bridgman, MI, Taxman Brewing from Bargersville and Rhinegeist Brewing from Cincinnati. An additional 21 breweries will be represented via Cavalier and Indiana Beverage distributors, such as Revolution out of Chicago, SweetWater Brewing from Atlanta Georgia, and the new Three Floyds/Mikkeller brewery-Warpigs. All in all, a top flight list of attending breweries.

Attendees of Zoo Brew will have access to the entire zoo as they sample great craft beers.

As the Potawatomi Zoo’s major annual fundraiser, the Zoo Brew festival will benefit the zoo’s wildlife conservation, new exhibit, and education programs. High on the list of priorities for the zoo are a new education and learning zone via a new Red Barn, the addition of new North American species, such as the eagle, bison, and prairie dogs, and an expanded alligator pond with zip lines over the exhibit. Your support of the zoo through your attendance at Zoo Brew will enable the Potawatomi Zoo to continue to grow and develop as one of the region’s finest zoos.

Hey Girl Hey of Glendale, AZ will provide live music via the best covers of recent hits, and there will be food available from some of the best food trucks and sources in the area, including Waffle Wagon, Lawney’s BBQ, Rico Suave Food Truck, and Outside Scoop, amongst other fine establishments.

Tickets are $45 for General admission or $65 for VIP-early entry (5 pm). Zoo members can receive $5 off general admission tickets (up to 4). Tickets available from the Potawatomi Zoo website events page. The event is sponsored by U93: Today’s Best Music in South Bend.

About the Potawatomi Zoo. The 23 acre Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend (500 Greenlawn Ave., South Bend 46615) is the oldest zoo in the state of Indiana. Established in 1902, there are now more than 500 animals on display, with large habitats and spread across all biomes of the Earth. Guest amenities include multiple food venues, a complete gift shop and gift kiosk, zoo train and carousel rides, and a zoo farm animal feeding area. The park is open from 10-5 daily, including weekends and holidays during the zoo season.

 
 

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