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Drink beer, save animals at OKC Zoo's annual ZooBrew

Photo courtesy Brianne Hinojosa
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Can beer help save endangered wildlife and help animals? For nine years, that answer has been yes, and with the 2017 ZOOBREW event, visitors can sample local and national beers while providing enrichment projects for wildlife at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The OKC Zoo will host its annual ZOOBREW fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday at the Oklahoma City Zoo. ZOOBREW is a beer-tasting event featuring more than 50 beers provide by local breweries, home brewers and distributors.

During the event, patrons will sample a variety of local and national beers and listen to live music and, for an additional cost, enjoy food from Lancer Hospitality throughout the event. This year’s event will be the biggest ZOOBREW held at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

“We expect 1,500 people this year. When we started nine years ago, we only had 250,” said Brianne Hinojosa, special events manager for the Oklahoma Zoological Society. “The event continues to grow, so this will be our biggest one yet. We have 21 different beer vendors, and most are Oklahoma-based breweries.”

Distributors, Brewers and Home Brewers participating this year are Angry Scotsman Brewing; Anthem Brewing Co.; Quality Beverage Company, Vanessa House, Skydance Brewing, OKCider Co, Cabin Boys Brewery, Bitter Sisters Brewing Company, Crossed Cannons Brewer, Red Earth Brewery, Republic National, Coop Ale Works, 405 Brewing Co, Iron Monk Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Prairie Artisan Ales, Founders Brewing, Frenzy Brewing Co, Bricktown Brewing and Expenditure Brewery.

All guests must be 21 or older to attend, and IDs will be checked at the entrance. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 405-425- 0618. Tickets are limited to 1000 guests, and ticket prices are $5 for designated drivers, $40 for ZooFriends members and $50 for non-members.


Fill 'er up at ZooBrew! (Photo courtesy Brianne Hinojosa)

The net proceeds from ZOOBREW have helped fund the OKC Zoo’s Zooeum, the Zoo’s conservation projects and enrichment items for the wildlife at the zoo, Hinojosa said.

“If an animal enclosure needs feeders or if the orangutans need a new playset, the proceeds can fund those projects,” she said. “The enrichment projects range from the balls in the exhibits that the animals play with to perfume to spray in the tiger habitat, which they love. Anything that enriches the lives of our animals falls under this.”

The projects change every year, but the ZOOBREW itself continues to bring beer lovers and animal lovers together for a night of revelry. The event was the brainchild of Byron Gambulos, owner of Byron’s Liquor Warehouse and a member of the Oklahoma City Zoo board.

“He came to us with this idea to start ZOOBREW, and he’s passionate about the zoo,” said Hinojosa. “The enrichment projects are things that are near and dear to his heart.”

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