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The Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City Welcomes Beer and Wine Enthusiasts to the Annual Brew at the Zoo

Saturday afternoon, the Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City, Indiana held its annual fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo. As the event began, patrons and beer or wine enthusiasts lined up outside the gate to check in and get ready for an afternoon of delicious and thirst-quenching beverages.

Admission was $50.00 per person that included drinks and food, as well as a commemorative tasting glass. Brew at the Zoo not only sold tickets for individuals to part take in drinking the beer and wine beverages, but also they offered a designated driver ticket for $15. This ticket gave the driver free soft drinks all evening and the chance to participate in all food tastings.

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“All of the tickets sold out right away and that makes me so happy because I get to see a lot of new and familiar faces,” said volunteer Robin Carey. “I work a lot of brew events and this is one of my favorites because you not only get to experience new things each year, but also because this event is held in Michigan city and I grew up here.”

Brew at the Zoo featured various types of beer and wine, while also supplying food from regional breweries, wineries, and restaurants. Some of the local and regional favorites that have participated were Burn Em Brewery, Backroads, Shoreline, Pokro, Bull Dog, Matey's, Spire, and Arturo's Baked Goods.  

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“This year we had some new brewers join us for the event today,” stated Carey. “We had Bare Hands, Devil’s Trumpet, War Picks, and we also had several new vendors serving popular beer, ciders, and wine.”

Once participants were checked in, each individual received their complementary tasting glass to take around to different vendors and sample the drinks. As they drank and ate, festival-goers walked around and looked at the animals at the zoo. Some of the animals were even available to be petted.

While it was a great night full of delicious food and drinks and fun activities for everyone to enjoy, it was also an opportunity for patrons to raise money to help a local institution.

“Tonight we celebrate our 90th anniversary at the zoo and our sixth year holding this event,” said Johnny Stimley, President of the Zoological Society. “We have had such a great turn out all the way from our vendors, to the staff and volunteers.”

The Zoological Society is the non-for-profit organization that partners with the Washington Park Zoo to establish grants, host outreach programs, hold fundraising events, provide medical assistance for animals, and also hold junior boards. The money raised at Brew at the Zoo will be donated to the Washington Park Zoo.

As the night progressed, festival participants made their way around the zoo to sample brewery tasting tables, food, and play at the game table, while also listening to a live band. A fun night can never be forgotten, especially when it benefits such a great cause! For more information about the Zoological society’s fundraisers and events you can visit

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