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The Gladys Porter Zoo invites you to Brew at the Zoo on Saturday, May 13th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with music until 11 p.m.

Support your local Zoo and quench your thirst by sipping on specially selected premium and craft beer samples and delicious food tastings from amazing chefs and restaurants. Only a few of the top Rio Grande Valley restaurants will be competing in this “feast with the beasts.”

The Zoo is working with L&F Distributors to curate a special selection of light beers that are perfect for the spring and summer season. Guests will be able to sample from 22 fun and unique craft beers.

Nearly all participating restaurants from last year have signed up again to support the Zoo. Last year’s People’s Choice Award winner, Dodici Pizza, will be defending their title against a multitude of restaurants, including El Amigo Seafood, Ronin Noodle and Rice Bar, Dirty Al’s Cajun Kitchen, Liam’s Steakhouse, Chef Ricardo’s Tacos and Beer, Texas Roadhouse, and Guero’s Beef Jerky. Los Trevi Drive Thru will also be in attendance and will be serving up delicious drinks from their Michelada Combi. Zoo staff are hoping to bring in even more restaurants to ensure a varied selection of cuisines to taste from.

New this year, a very limited number of VIP tickets will be sold. The 50 VIPs will have access to a VIP-only area, located inside Small World. They will be able to participate in a private animal feeding and take a break from the main stage music with their own Silent Disco. Plus, VIPs will also get to sample from two exclusive beers that no one else will be able to access.

The entertainment for the night will include local artists: EDM DJ, Akasha, and rock band, Reserve. The music will be extended until 11 p.m. to allow guests even more time to enjoy the event. There will also be 3 Silent Disco DJs for VIPs to choose from based on their music preferences.

A popular activity at Brew at the Zoo is the beer pong tournament that takes place during the event. Sixteen teams made up of Brew at the Zoo attendees will compete against each other to be the 2023 Beer Pong Champs. Guests can gather around while the teams go head to head throughout the night. Other fun games and activities include jumbo jenga, cornhole, a giant connect four and multiple photo opportunities, including a 360 photo booth.

Brew at the Zoo is a 21+ event and a limited number of tickets are being sold. Zoo members can purchase a Brew at the Zoo ticket for $30. Non-members can purchase a ticket for $35 pre-sale and $50.00 at the gate. VIP tickets are $100 per person. Only 50 VIP Tickets will be available, so the public is encouraged to act fast. All proceeds will benefit the Zoo’s conservation efforts.

Tickets are available online at www.gpz.org. For more information, please call (956) 546-7187.