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Brew at the Zoo
saving wildlife one beer at a time

  • May 5, 2012
  • 06:30PM - 09:30PM
  • varies


The Living Desert will be "Saving Wildlife One Beer at a Time" at the 3rd Annual Brew at the Zoo, one of Southern California's most popular beer festivals, on Saturday, May 5th, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Presented by Integrated Wealth Management, this year's event will include three live music stages, over 1,500 guests, 40 vendors, beer and wine pairings with delectable appetizers (including vegetarian options) and desserts.

Special themed areas will include Paradise Cove with island-themed fare, Discovery Ale House with special presentations by leaders in the beer and restaurant industry, Eco-Luxury Safari Lounge and HPE Sustainability and Leadership Award, home brew demonstrations, Hangover Prevention Center, animal encounters, Big Brew Raffle, delicious non-alcoholic beverages, and more! The exclusive VIP Lounge will include private seating at the Chase Gallery & Reception Garden, premium wine and beer, deluxe appetizers, live jazz combo, unlimited access to general Brew at the Zoo food and beverage selections, private animal encounters, VIP take-home gift, and more.

Live music groups confirmed are: Barry Baughn Blues Band offering Louisiana-inspired blues, Kimo and band specializing in Hawaiian funk blues, and the Motown-inspired blues sounds of Harold Wherry and Blue Breeze Band.

Confirmed vendors include: Stone Brewing Company, Tommy Bahama, Thai Smile, Schmidy's Tavern, Renaissance Esmeralda, Rancho Las Palmas, and many more.

Proceeds from Brew at the Zoo help The Living Desert care for over 500 animals, 1,600 protected acres, and provide scholarship programs for thousands of visiting school children.

Stacey Johnson, President and CEO of The Living Desert commented, "This is one of the most relaxed and fun events we have. This year it's being held on Cinco de Mayo, which is already synonymous with a good time. So as long as you're planning on having a brew or two, let's have it benefit the zoo!" Events Manager Franchesca Forrer added, "Brew at the Zoo is simply the best beer fest in the west; where else can you drink beer, wine, nosh on incredible appetizers and listen to live music on three stages."

All-inclusive ticket prices are: $40 member, $55 non-member. VIP Lounge: $175. The event is open to adults 21 and over. Children, infants and strollers are not permitted. Taxi service will be available upon request. For tickets, call 760-346-5694 ext. 2121. Tickets are also available online at You must be 21 or over to attend this event. Guests must bring a photo I.D. and will receive a wristband accordingly. Dress is casual, and comfortable shoes are recommended.

About the Living Desert: The Living Desert is an AZA-accredited zoo and gardens that is dedicated conservation and education. It is a family friendly place to explore nature and create meaningful experiences for visitors that are remembered for a lifetime.

For more information call (760) 346-5694 or visit