If you're going to drink craft beer, why not do so at the zoo? Australia's beer festival craze comes in all shapes and sizes and next on the list is the inaugural Zoo Brew Festival, coming to the Taronga Centre, adjacent to Taronga Zoo, on Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23.
Among the 25-brewery lineup are Canberra's BentSpoke Brewing Co., New Zealand's Monteith's Brewing Company, Gold Coast's Balter Brewing Company, Melbourne's Two Birds Brewery and Byron's Stone & Wood, along with local favourites Young Henrys and Lord Nelson. There will also be plenty of local food providores in tow to balance all that beer.
The three-day festival will kick off with a beer degustation dinner on Friday, July 21 with tickets at $150 per person and the menu under lock and key for now. Saturday and Sunday will offer two sessions per day at $40 per session, with a portion of proceeds going to support Taronga Conservation Society Australia's wildlife conservation activities.
Waste reduction is a prime focus too, so the tasting cups are reusable glass and the tastings tickets, along with all food packaging, are recyclable. Zoo Brew is the first in Taronga's new Taste the Wild event series, which focuses on sustainable and ethical sourcing of quality products.