Lions, Tigers, and Brews at the Central Park Zoo – June 19 & 20, 2015

Have you ever wanted to have a helles with a hyena [1]? How about a saison with a sea lion [2]? You’re in luck this summer when the Central Park Zoo hosts Lions, Tigers, and Brews.

More details at the site. From the press release:

On Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, from 7:00-11:00 p.m., party-goers will sip on nearly 100 beer samples produced by 45 local and regional breweries including Shipyard Brewing Company, Rockaway Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company and Sea Dog Brewing Co.

For all of the hungry, hungry hippos, notable New York City restaurants and food trucks will be on-site selling their best dishes. And DJs along with a roaming brass band will keep guests swingin’ from booth to booth. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best animal-themed attire and enter the costume contests. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the event to the best group and individual.

The tour visited Chicago’s downtown Lincoln Park Zoo last year and has expanded to New York City for 2015. “We are thrilled to bring the first-ever public festival to the iconic Central Park Zoo,” says Kate Levenstien, founder of Cannonball Productions and Lions, Tigers and Brews. “I’m excited to see it come alive in New York — the ultimate concrete jungle!”

Early Bird General Admission is $49 per-person, which includes unlimited craft beer tastings, a souvenir beer glass and entry into the costume contest. GA ticket holders will gain entry to the zoo at 8:00pm. Early Bird VIP admission is $79 and includes 1-hour early entry at 7pm, unlimited beer samples, a souvenir beer glass, entry into the costume contest and access to the Tropics and Penguin Houses and Sea Lion Show. All attendees must be 21+.

To purchase tickets and learn more please visit

1. They don’t have a hyena, but they do have snow leopards which are generally considered much better drinking companions.
2. They do have sea lions.