Philadelphia Zoo to Host 6th Annual Summer Ale Festival

Summer Ale Festival features premium, local craft beers from regional breweries and cuisine from Philadelphia’s popular array of food trucks. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 21, 2014) – Philadelphia Zoo will host an evening filled with regional craft beers  as well as a delicious sampling of food for purchase from local food truck vendors on Saturday, July 19 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for Summer Ale Festival. An annual favorite, Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival combines exceptional food and drink, live music and games with brilliantly colored birds, majestic great apes, astonishing big cats and other wildlife that call America’s first zoo home for a unique, adults-only experience.

With an impressive crop of regional craft brews, Philadelphia and its surrounding areas have much to offer beer enthusiasts. More than 20 breweries will participate, offering guests a selection of two beers of the brewers’ choosing. Pair beers from breweries such as Victory Brewing Company, Straub Brewery, Prism Brewing Company, Evil Genius Brewing Company, Troegs Brewing Company, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, Lancaster Brewing Company, River Horse Brewing Company and more with delectable fare, representing a well-rounded range of cuisines. Participating food truck vendors include Poi Dog Snack Shop, The Cow and the Curd, Sweetbox Cupcakes, Surf and Turf Truck, Mac Mart Cart, The Whirly Pig and more.

“Summer Ale Festival has become something to look forward to each summer,” says Amy Shearer, Philadelphia Zoo’s Chief Marketing Officer. “There is something at the Zoo for guests of all ages, and this is our way of offering adults an exclusive experience and opportunity to get up close with our animal collection, taste incredible food and ale, listen to music and have a great time among friends.”

All tickets include unlimited beer samples, a souvenir tasting cup, on-site parking and shuttle service to and from 30th Street Station. This event is limited to those 21 years of age or older with valid identification, and children will not be permitted. Tickets are available online, exclusively through Philadelphia Zoo’s website. Visit for more information.

America's first zoo and one of the region's foremost conservation organizations, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Philadelphia region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information on the Philadelphia Zoo, to become a donor, member or to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility.