Zoo's central lawn will become a cider and beer garden with games and entertainment
What has six trunks and hops? Portland is about to find out, as an 11-day celebration of beer in the world's greatest beer city kicks off Thursday, June 7, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Oregon Zoo.
Portland Beer Week — presented by PSU's Business of Craft Brewing, GrowlerWerks and Loyal Legion — is teaming up with the zoo this year for its biggest party yet: an event showcasing more than 30 beers and ciders, along with local food carts, live DJs, and a chance to walk around with a craft beer and visit some of the animals active during twilight hours.
"I can't imagine a better setting for the kickoff party than the Oregon Zoo," said Portland Beer Week founder Ezra Johnson-Greenough. "From the inspiring animal encounters to the wonderful landscape to the public transportation options, this is about the best beer fest location the city has to offer."
Portland Beer Week, now in its eighth year, was founded by beer journalists, taproom and bottle-shop owners, craft-beer entrepreneurs and brewery marketing experts in an effort to expand beer education and promote the city.
Tickets to the kickoff event are $34.95 and include zoo admission, access to beverage vendors, a souvenir glass and four beer tickets, each redeemable for a 7-ounce pour. Kids and designated drivers get into the zoo at regular ticket prices, and designated drivers get free sodas. Carousel and train rides will be available for an additional fee. To purchase tickets, go to oregonzoo.org/portlandbeer.
Participating breweries include Dirty Pretty Brewing Co., Von Ebert Brewing, Breakside Brewery, Stormbreaker Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Thirsty Monk, Silver Moon, Fremont Brewing, Little Beast Brewing, Modern Times Beer, Ninkasi Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Lompoc Brewing, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Gigantic Brewing, McMenamins Breweries and Portland Cider Co., with food options available from Hotlips Pizza & Soda, Foster Burger, Pok Pok and more. Entertainment and activities include acrobatic dancers, ax throwing, a photo booth, ring toss, cornhole, ladder ball, washers, giant Jenga, giant Connect Four and music by DJ Nine Inch Nilina.
The party will be open to the public and people of all ages, though to consume alcohol you must be 21 or older with a valid ID and event ticket.
The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.