You may remember Boo at the Zoo – that annual Halloween spooktacular event at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Well now they’re offering Brew at the Zoo – a more adult themed event to attract visitors.
And it is precisely what its name implies.
The Manitoba Brewers Association in conjunction with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy is presenting an exposition of our city’s fast growing craft beer industry.
It’s an adult only event to be held at the park’s zoo on Friday evening Sept. 15. This is the first time the event has been held but it could become an annual occurrence.
As well as sampling the wares of local brewers, food trucks will be on hand and guests will be entertained with live music from local band The Proud Sons, a southern style rock band with a history of playing fundraisers for Assiniboine Park.
“There has been significant growth in the craft beer industry and this event will be a great way for people to experience what our local breweries and others have to offer,” says Laura Cabak, Marketing and Communications Specialist with the park’s conservancy.
“The zoo is a great place for after-hours events and I have no doubt that this one will be a fun experience for everyone,” she added.
Tickets start at $39.95 and include all beer sampling plus live music. For an additional $20 dinner is provided.
There are now more than 10 local breweries in Manitoba and the Manitoba Brewers Association president John Heim says, “Our members are proud to be working with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy on this exciting event. Craft brewing as an industry has a long history of giving back to the community, and we are in a position now to start giving back as a group.”
Brew at the Zoo is a fundraising event with proceeds going towards the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s ongoing commitment to conserve nature for future generations and allowing people to interact with it. And they have big plans, with a recent $60 million donation from all three levels of government it’s given a green light to commence some amazing additions to our wonderful park and zoo.
Some of the free events they sponsor are the summer music series at the Lyric Theatre with a variety of local musicians; symphony and ballet in the park with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; jazz every Sunday afternoon in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden; and both movies and yoga in the park.
Now we can add craft beer sampling this list of happenings at Assiniboine Park.