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Jul 25, 2013

Cigar City Crafts Custom Brew for WaZoo at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

WaZoo Beer Fest, in partnership with presenting sponsor J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc., is pleased to announce that Tampa’s own Cigar City Brewing is crafting a custom small batch brew for WaZoo, a fundraiser for the Zoo on Saturday, August 3. The Zoo brew will be available on tap in limited quantities at the Cigar City tent at the event.

Name the Zoo Brew, Win Tickets to WaZoo

TAMPA, Fla. (July 25, 2013) — WaZoo Beer Fest, in partnership with presenting sponsor J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc., is pleased to announce that Tampa’s own Cigar City Brewing is crafting a custom small batch brew for WaZoo, a fundraiser for the Zoo on Saturday, August 3. The Zoo brew will be available on tap in limited quantities at the Cigar City tent at the event.

The specialty beer is described by the brewers as “a refreshing German lager that has fresh strawberry aroma and acidity with big notes of vanilla and fresh whipped cream, and finishes with hints of sponge cake. It’s a great treat on a hot summer day.” Samples of the custom brew will accompany several of Cigar City’s finest at the beer fest fundraiser.

"Cigar City Brewing is very excited to produce a special beer for the Zoo,” said Justin Clark, vice president of Cigar City Brewing. “The beer that we choose to create is a very Floridafriendly beer that is going to be super refreshing on a hot August evening!"

The Zoo has launched an online naming contest to give the community an opportunity to name the new brew. Suggestions for the name may be submitted online until 12 p.m. Thursday, August 1. A team of beer aficionados, including the brewers, will choose the winning name. The person submitting the winning name will receive four general admission tickets to WaZoo.

WaZoo Beer Fest, recognized as one of the “10 Great Beer Festivals in the Country” by USA Today, is Saturday, August 3 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, presented by J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. Tickets are available online at LowryParkZoo.com or by phone 813-935-8552 ext. 276 in advance, or at the door the night of the event. Group discounts available for 20 tickets or more. Designated driver tickets are also available. Taxi cabs will be available following the event to encourage responsible consumption. The Zoo will close at 3 p.m. August 3 for set up of WaZoo, which takes place rain or shine. Animals are not on exhibit during the event. Due to the nature of the event and number of guests in attendance, strollers are not permitted. For more, visit the WaZoo web site or WaZoo Facebook page.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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