The largest fundraising event is coming up pretty soon at the Utica Zoo and honestly, I am SO excited for this one. Here's some specific details!

On Saturday, August 4th from 6 to 9 pm, the 20th annual Brewfest is being held on the grounds of the Utica Zoo! With more than 110 craft beers on tap, as well as wine, hard seltzer and cider - you'll have the chance to sample some of your favorite drinks while enjoying the atmosphere of the zoo. Rain or shine, this event will be held and you don't want to miss it.

Tickets to Brewfest include pint glass, beer, cider, hard seltzer, and wine samples, admission to the zoo, live music by China Pig and Soup Bone Charlie, food samples from Applebee’s, Domino’s, Celtic Harp, Texas Roadhouse and UNO Pizzeria & Grill. Participate in a silent auction inside the zoo’s auditorium, where you can bid-on and win electronics, gift certificates, lawn & garden equipment, jewelry, and more. The first 3,000 attendees will receive a commemorative 2018 “20 Years of Beers” Brewfest pint glass featuring the adorable and endangered Cotton Top Tamarin.


Ticket Prices:

  • General Admission: $40 in advance and $45 at the door
  • Utica Zoo Members: $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Member tickets are only available at the Utica Zoo Gift Shop and UTICAZOO.ORG/BREW. (Members, if you are ordering online, please enter your email as the promotional code FIRST to get the member discount.)
  • Designated Drivers: $25 in advance and at the door. Designated drivers will not be served alcohol at the event.


You can pick up your tickets with cash or check at 16 Stone Brewing, Beer Belly Bob’s, Beer Here, Chanatry’s, Copper City Brewing, Fulton Chain Brewing, Gems Along the Mohawk, Marcy Discount Beverage, Saranac Brewery Shop, and Woodland Brewery. If you want to use a credit or debit card, visit,, or the Utica Zoo Gift Shop.

Honestly, the list of breweries who are in attendance is quite large, there's a lot. Many are from New York too! Below is a specific list, all bold is specific NY breweries, and below that is the list on non-NY breweries in attendance!

16 Stone, Beak and Skiff 1911, Brooklyn Brewery, Browns Brewing, Butternuts, Cooperstown Brewing, Copper City Brewery, Crazy Williez Brewery, Critz Farms Cider, Ellicotville Brewing, Empire Brewery, Four Mile Brewery, Fulton Chain Brewery, Genesee Brewery, Good Nature Farm Brewery, Gun Hill Brewery, Ithaca Brewery, Lake Placid Brewery, McKenzie’s Cider, Middle Ages Brewery, Mill House Brewery, Nightshift Brewery, Ommegang Brewery, Saranac, Sixpoint Brewery, Southern Tier Brewery, The Bronx Brewery, Zero Gravity Brewery

(CA - 21st Amendment, AleSmith Brewery,  Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing Co.) (CO - Left Hand Brewery, New Belgium, Oskar Blues Brewery) (CT - Stoney Creek Brewery, Two Roads Brewery) (IL - Mike’s Hard, Social Sparkling Wine, White Claw) (LA - Abita Brewery) (MA - Boston Brewing, Downeast Cider, Harpoon Brewery, Jack’s Abby, Sam Adams) (ME - Allagash Brewing Co., Shipyard) (MI - Founders, New Holland Brewing) (NH - Smuttynose Brewing Co.) (OH - Brewdog, Truly Hard Seltzer) (PA - Troegs Brewery) (VT - Long Trail, Magic Hat, Switchback, Von Trapp Brewery) (TX - Mighty Swell Brewing, Shiner Bock) (UT - Uinta Brewing) (WI - Leinenkugel) (Belgium - Stella Artois) (Canada - Collective Arts) (Denmark - Carlsberg.)

Ashley Lynn Winery will also be there selling wine slushies for all you non-beer drinkers out there. There will also be complimentary water and soda for attendees.

Brewfest is a 21 and over event, you must have a ticket and photo ID to enter. This is very important to remember. No photo ID or ticket, no entry. Also, please note the zoo is open for regular operation from 10 am until 2 pm on the 9th - and will reopen for Brewfest at 6 pm.

All proceeds from Brewfest benefit the animals and exhibit enhancements at the Utica Zoo! Free parking is available at the Utica Zoo on a first come first served basis, with overflow parking at MVCC Payne Hall Lot and the Parkway Rec Center. Free shuttle buses will take you to and from the zoo. Attendees may be dropped off and picked up at the zoo.

Brewfest is sponsored by: I LOVE NY, The Marketing Firm, WUTR, Perfex Corporation, Townsquare Media, Marcy Discount Beverage, Tri-Valley Beverage, McCraith Beverage, Spirit & Sanzone, E-Z Bottle and Can Return Center,  Boulevard Trailers, Brownies Tents, Whitesboro Frame & Body, Wells Fargo Advisors, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Clinton Tractor, and McQuade & Bannigan.

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See you there!


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