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Cheers to the 20th Annual WaZoo Beer Fest Fundraiser at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

by Kayla Hayes | Jul 22, 2015
WaZoo Beer Fest, recognized as one of the “10 Great Beer Festivals in the Country” by USA Today, is on tap for Saturday, August 1st from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, presented by J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. This wilder breed of beer fest fundraiser benefits animal care, education programs and global conservation initiatives of the Zoo, a nonprofit organization.

Join the Herd of Several Thousand Thirsty Guests Who Support the Zoo

TAMPA, Fla. (July 22, 2015) — WaZoo Beer Fest, recognized as one of the “10 Great Beer Festivals in the Country” by USA Today, is on tap for Saturday, August 1st from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, presented by J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. This wilder breed of beer fest fundraiser benefits animal care, education programs and global conservation initiatives of the Zoo, a nonprofit organization.

For one ticket price, beer connoisseurs can go on a sampling safari of brews including lagers, porters, stouts, browns, ambers, wheats, ales, ciders, pilsners, draughts and more from international and independent brewers. Hundreds of vendors and event volunteers will pour more than 275 types of beer from 70 breweries worldwide.

To complement the suds, guests can graze on sure-to-please snacks and pub-friendly finger foods from more than a dozen favorite eateries like BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Skippers Smokehouse, Peabody’s Billiards & Games, Cigar City Brewpub, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, James Joyce Irish Pub & Eatery, Beef O’ Brady’s, Papa John’s Pizza, Graffiti Junktion, Pinchers, Kona Grill and more.

Adding to the WaZoo experience, guests can groove to great live music from buzzworthy Florida bands. Headliners Mighty Mongo and Dropin Pickup will rock the Main Stage in the Zoo’s special events area. The event also includes a talented roster of diverse artists in locations throughout the event, including: Impulse World Beat (reggae) and Walker Smith Group (blues). Chris McCarty will be performing in the VIP area.

New this year, the Zoo is offering two levels of the wildly popular VIP Beastly Beverage Club (BBC), presented by Blue Moon®. VIP tickets include early event entry at 6:30 p.m. and offer exclusive access to the Zoo's air-conditioned Safari Lodge events facility. The traditional VIP/BBC ticket has sold out. A new Pilsners & Penguins Package includes all of the WaZoo Beastly Beverage Club amenities and a special gift designating the recipient’s contribution to the Zoo’s African Penguin conservation efforts. The Pilsner & Penguins Package is limited to 100 tickets, and is only available for purchase online at LowryParkZoo.org/WaZoo. To learn more about the Zoo’s efforts to protect African penguins, visit LowryParkZoo.org/Penguins.

General admission tickets start at $65 and are available online at LowryParkZoo.org/WaZoo, by phone 813-935-8552 ext. 329, at the Zoo’s ticket windows during regular business hours of 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., or at the door the night of the event.

To encourage responsible consumption at this year’s event, the Zoo has partnered with Uber Tampa to introduce Uber transportation WaZoo patrons for safe rides home. WaZoo guests who use the Uber app to reserve their first Uber ride using the code WAZOO2015 will ride free up to a $20 fare. The promo code is only valid for first time riders using the Uber app to request and ride via their mobile phones.

The Zoo gratefully acknowledges presenting sponsor J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc., BBC host Blue Moon Brewing Company, as well as additional sponsors who make this event possible: Papa John’s Pizza, Ferman Motor Car Company, Grimaldi’s Pizza, Whole Foods Market, T-Mobile, World of Beer, Melitta, Pepsi, Verizon and Spectra.

The Zoo will close at 2 p.m. August 1 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 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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