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Thursday, October 5, 2017

6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

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This wildly popular annual beer tasting event takes place through the Zoo and will feature a wide variety of beers. Brew Masters will be on site to discuss the”science of beer”, provide insight on beer varieties and answer guest questions.  Light fare from various local restaurants, special animal encounters and more will add additional fun to this grown up night at the Zoo.

Proceeds from the “A Toast to the Wild” event series supports the Zoo’s own Lindner Center for the Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW).

New this year, enjoy brews from Sam Adams, Mt Carmel, Rhinegeist, 50 West, Christian Moerlein, Taft’s Ale House, Rivertown & Braxton and whiskey from Old Camp, Tin Cup & Stranahan’s.



Individual tickets:

  • Zoo Brew Individual Tickets on sale August 25 – $50.00
  • Zoo Brew Designated Driver Tickets on sale August 25 – $40.00

All guest must have a ticket and be 21 or older to attend the Toast to the Wild events. Guests of all ages must show ID at time of entry. Guests with infants and/or small children will not be permitted to enter the gates under any circumstances.

Live Music

We’re excited to announce that national recording artists Midland will be performing at the 2017 Zoo Brew! Rooted in tradition both in sound and style, Midland initially garnered attention playing clubs in the Texas region. The band intentionally nods to the wild west with Country music that is reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s with a modern day twist. They’ve opened for idols Dwight Yoakam and Willie Nelson and are currently in the studio with Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves) working on their full length release for Big Machine Records.


Schedule of Events:

5:30pm – VIP reception

6:30pm – Event opens to everyone

7:30pm – Elephant Enrichment

8:00pm – Main band starts (coming soon!)

9:00pm – Event Ends

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Thank you to our 2017 Zoo Brew Sponsors:

Official Soft Drink:
Official Media Sponsor:
If your restaurant is interested in participating in our 2017 Toast Series, please contact Kim at [email protected].
2017 Restaurants
 Keystone Grill logo
 Mt Adams Pavilion logo
 2017 Participating Brewing Companies

 2017 Whiskey Samplings

How do I purchase a ticket over the phone?  You can no longer purchase tickets over the phone. Tickets must be purchased via this website after the date and time listed above.

If I have questions about the event or want to participate as a sponsor who can I contact?

For questions about the event you can send an email to [email protected].

What does my ticket include?
Included in your ticket is admission to the event, parking in the Zoo’s Vine Street lot, featured beverage sampling, light fare donated by local restaurants, live music and up-close animal encounters.

How much of my ticket purchase supports CREW? $35 of each ticket goes directly to support CREW’s research both here and abroad.  In 2016, we raised over $175,000 to support CREW’s research.

Where do I park?

Please park in the Zoo’s main parking lot at 3400 Vine Street. You can find directions and additional parking details at: Directions and Parking. Just look for the solar panels!

What if I don’t receive my ticket/confirmation email?  Your confirmation email will have an attached PDF which holds your ticket. Print out a copy of the attachment/ticket and bring it with you the evening of the event. We also have smartphone scanning capabilities if you happen to forget your print-out.  If you did not receive an email, check your SPAM folder as well as your Trash folder.   If those turn up blank, please call or email Jarrid Vaughn at 513-487-3330 or [email protected].

With my Toast to the Wild ticket, am I able to come earlier in the day and enjoy the Zoo until the event starts?  Unfortunately your Toast to the Wild ticket only give you admittance into the Zoo beginning at 6:15pm on the scheduled event date.  Please visit the ticketing page on our website to learn more about planning your visit to the Zoo!

Is there food at the event?
Light fare is provided through the generous donation of local restaurants. You will find a variety of food samples throughout the event. For most guests, it is more than enough food to complete your dinner!

Is the whole Zoo open during the event?
Each event features a different section of the Zoo and only that portion is open during the event.

Will you have nonalcoholic beverages available?
Yes, there will be stations serving both Pepsi products and water during the event.

Will there be vegetarian food options?
Our food samplings vary based on the restaurants who have donated to the event, so we may not always have vegetarian options available. Most restaurants are very accommodating and willing to remove a piece of their dish to serve you a ‘vegetarian version’ if feasible.

Will the event be held if there is inclement weather?
Yes, the events are held rain or shine – please make sure you dress comfortably for the weather. There are no refunds.

Will this event be inside or outdoors?
Both! Toast to the Wild events utilize both indoor and outdoor exhibits throughout the Zoo.

Where can I learn more about supporting CREW?
The Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) was the first of its kind, state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to saving endangered plants and animals from extinction. CREW is internationally recognized for their research with many projects including work with rhinos, small cats, endangered plants and most recently, the polar bear. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of three Zoos in the United States to have a facility dedicated to conservation and research. You can read more about CREW at: CREW Homepage.

Can I bring my children to the event?
Toast to the Wild events are for adults as they feature alcoholic beverages – you must be at least 21 years old to attend. No exceptions!

Do these events sell-out?
Yes! Events sell out, so please plan ahead and reserve your spot as soon as you can!

If the event sells out, will there be tickets available at the door?
Once we have reached capacity via pre-purchased ticket sales, we are unable to sell any additional tickets at the door. We highly recommend you pre-purchase your tickets.

What do I wear?
Please dress comfortably for a fun evening at the Zoo – remember the events are rain/shine and feature both indoor and outdoor exhibits throughout the Zoo. We do not recommend wearing and sort of heel into the Zoo as there are many different terrains.

I am a Zoo member, can I purchase discounted tickets?
Since this is a fundraiser for CREW, there is one event ticket price.

Can I get a tax deduction for my ticket purchase?
$15 of each ticket is tax deductible.  You can find this information on your receipt.

Thank you for your interest in supporting “A Toast To The Wild – Tasting Series”. These events benefit the Lindner Center for the Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. CREW is internationally recognized for their signature research involving rhinos, small cats, exceptional plants and polar bears. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of three Zoos in the United States to have a facility dedicated to conservation and research.

The series is comprised of four sampling events – Cocktails for Conservation, Wild About Wine (two events) and Zoo Brew. In 2016, over 4,000 people attended these events to raise over $175,000 to benefit CREW. All four events sold out very quickly. Thankfully, we have been given the opportunity to sell more tickets for all events this year! We look forward to continuing this success with our events in 2017.