Beer festivals are usually held at hotels, casinos, convention centers, parking lots, and a whole lot of other nondescript places. So whoever thought “we should have a festival at the ABQ BioPark Zoo” deserves a medal. One of the most unique settings we have ever heard of will host Lions, Tigers, & Beers this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit the ABQ BioPark Society, a non-profit group that supports the Zoo, Aquarium, Botanical Garden, and Tingley Beach. You can purchase your tickets online. For $25 you get a sampling glass, beer samples, and admission to the Zoo, plus there will be food available for separate purchase. For $45 you get Suds and Grub, which gets you both food and beer. Taking a big group? A six-pack of tickets can be had for a discounted $135. There is also a $10 designated driver ticket. This is a 21-and-over-only event, so sorry, you can’t let the kids wave at the lions while you sample IPAs.
As we do with any festival preview, we get a list of the participating breweries and a list of the beers they’re bringing. Only Ponderosa Brewing did not have a list for the event organizers, but they said on Facebook they are bringing four beers (hopefully one of those will be their new pumpkin beer).
Here’s who’s coming and what they are reportedly bringing.
Abbey Brewing: Monks’ Ale, Monks’ Tripel
Ace Ciders: Perry Cider, Joker Cider, Pumpkin Cider
Big Sky: Moose Drool Brown Ale, Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout, Scape Goat Pale Ale
Black Diamond: White Witch IPA, Mosaic IPA
Boulder: Shake Chocolate Porter, Hazed & Infused, Sweaty Betty
Breckenridge: Vanilla Porter, Lucky U IPA
Bridgeport: Kingpin Red, Trilogy #2 IPA
Deschutes: Fresh Squeezed IPA, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Twilight Ale
Full Sail: Amber, Cascade Pils, Session Red
Lagunitas: Daytime IPA, Imperial Red
Leinenkugels: Orange Shandy, Sunshine Wheat
Magic Hat: IPL, Wilhelm Screamer
Marble: IPA, Red, Pilsner
New Belgium: beers will be from their current Folly Pack
Nuevo: Nuevo (whatever this is, we have no idea)
Oskar Blues: Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yellow Pils, Old Chub Scotch Ale
Pedernales: Lobo Lager, Lobo Lito, Lobo Negro, Lobo Hefe
Ponderosa: four beers TBA
Pyramid: IPA, Oktoberfest
Radeberger: Shoefferhofer, Pilsner
Samuel Adams: Oktoberfest, Harvest Pumpkin
Santa Fe: Happy Camper IPA, State Pen Porter
Shiner: Bohemian Black Lager, Oktoberfest
Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande: Bonechiller Brown, Sun Chaser Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada: Pale Ale, Torpedo IPA
Squatters/Wasatch: Wee Peat Scotch Ale, Bumper Crop
Stone: Coffee Milk Stout, Hibiscusicity (Belgian-style ale), IPA
Have fun out there. Just remember, tigers don’t drink beer. But they will eat people, so don’t go stumble into their enclosure.