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Like beer? How about animals? Yes? Well, you’re in luck. The annual “Brew at the Zoo” event at the National Zoo is scheduled for Thursday, August 20. Sponsored by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), the event will raise funds for the Zoo’s education, sustainability, and conservation programs. Tickets are $35 for FONZ members; $50 for non-members. For that you’ll be able to sample beers from more than 35 microbreweries, stuff you face with food from three local restaurants (Armand’s Pizza, Hard Times Restaurant, and Rocklands BBQ), all of it to the familiar tunes of Eighties cover band, Gonzo’s Nose. For those of you with more coin to spend, you can also purchase VIP tickets, which grant access to a reserved section with a separate bar and an expanded range of local restaurants, including Brasserie Beck, CommonWealth Gastropub, EatBar, Eatonville, and Urbana. You’ll also get a free t-shirt and special animal demonstrations from Zoo staff. For that, members will pay $70; non-members $85.

The list of participating breweries is still being settled, but a FONZ press release names those that have already signed on:

  • Boston Beer Company
  • Brewery Ommegang/Duvel Moortgat
  • Crown Imports
  • Dogfish Head
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
  • Harpoon Brewery
  • Hook and Ladder Brewing Co.
  • Independent Brewers United (Magic Hat Brewing Co. & Pyramid Brewing Co.)
  • Legends Limited
  • Otter Creek Brewing/Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales
  • Paleewong Trading Co., Inc.
  • Peak Organic Brewing Co.
  • Saranac F.X. Matt Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Stoudt’s Brewing Company