Beer & Wine

New Times' Brew at the Zoo 2016: Presale Starts Now

Break out the beer goggles and the silly hats because it's time to party with the animals at Brew at the Zoo.

New Times' Brew at the Zoo, the seventh-annual celebration of suds, returns to Zoo Miami Saturday, May 7, with more beer, more food, and more entertainment than ever before.

Miami's largest beer festival (and the only one that features guest appearances by zoo creatures), offers unlimited samplings of more than 100 of the best local and international beers.

More than 4,000 beer lovers from across South Florida are expected to attend the festivities, which run from 8 to 11 p.m.

This year, Arrested Development will take the stage to entertain. Since 1991, this two-time Grammy-winning group has given the world hits like "Mr. Wendal," "Tennessee," and "People Everyday."

If you're hungry, Brew at the Zoo offers great eats to buy, including burgers from Shake Shack and Greek fare from C&R Foods. Classics like lamb gyros, chicken oregano on a pita, Greek feta salad, souvlaki, and chicken, beef, or veggie hot dogs will tame even the hungriest beast.

All Brew at the Zoo attendees will receive a lanyard and a sampling cup for unlimited samplings of more than 100 brews. 

General-admission tickets allow entry to the event at 8 p.m. for unlimited beer samplings and the live performance by Arrested Development. GA tickets cost $40 through May 6 (and $50 at the gate).

Brewmaster tickets allow early entry at 7 p.m. and offer access to special Brewmaster-only exclusive craft beer pours from 7 to 8 p.m. Brewmaster tickets cost $70 through May 6 (and $80 at the gate).

VIP tickets give beer lovers the ultimate experience, which includes entry to the event one hour early, at 7 p.m.; access to an exclusive VIP lounge featuring food from Taste Zoo Miami Catering; Munchkins and coffee courtesy of Dunkin Donuts; a special meet-and-greet with creatures from Zoo Miami; full-pour beers from Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Leffe; an open bar featuring spirits; and much more. VIP tickets cost $80 through May 6 (and $90 at the gate).

Tickets for Brew at the Zoo go on sale Monday, February 29, but New Times readers can take advantage of a special presale, beginning today, February 23, at 10 a.m. Visit and use promo code 16BATZ1 before February 28 at 10 p.m. to be one of the first to score tickets. 
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss