By Nick BeJeaux
The Baton Rouge Zoo’s First Brew at the Zoo has so far been a resounding success. If you were planning to go and don’t already have tickets, you may have to change your plans. All of the tickets, everywhere, are sold out.
“We’re really excited that the community has embraced this,” said Kaki Heiligenthal, the Zoo’s director of marketing and development. “We’re expecting around 2,000 people. We’re completely sold out at this point, but some people change their plans.”
Goers to the Oct. 10 party will have over 135 different kinds of beer at their fingertips, catering from local restaurants, a show from local band West Without, and the company of the zoo’s residents.
“Everyone will be able to walk around the zoo at first, but when it starts to get dark we’re going to move them to the front pavilion,” said Heiligenthal. “We want people to have a good time, but we want to make sure the animals are not disturbed by the visitors too.”
While Brew at the Zoo is a beer event, the zoo has taken every step to keep it family friendly, namely a discount on tickets for designated drivers.
“Before we started planning this, we did extensive research of other events like this at other zoos,” said Heiligenthal. “We want everyone to have fun, but to do so responsibly. Uber will be there and they will be offering a promotional code for discounted trips from the zoo if someone is unable to drive themselves.”
With over 135 different kinds of beer to try, sampling all of them is no easy task, so we’ve come up with a few brews that have to try while at Brew at the Zoo. However, if you do, tell us how that went on Twitter using #idigBR. Drink responsibly!
I’m always on the lookout for a good dark beer, and I got lucky when I came across this gem from Mississippi. It’s actually brewed from sweet potatoes and milk sugar, which creates creaminess along with notes of chocolate, espresso, and caramel. While not overly sweet, it feels like drinking the most delicious chocolate milk you’ve ever had. It’s smooth, but not too heavy and has a good amount of fizz.
If you’ve never had a Tin Roof Turnrow on an early October evening, you’re missing out. Turnrow is a new fall seasonal brew by the BR locals at Tin Roof. Brewed with coriander, this beer is citrusy, light and refreshing without being too sweet.
This is not your token pumpkin beer for October: this is one delicious, easy-drinking amber ale. Beer drinkers freak out for this the way Starbucks addicts freak out for the pumpkin spice latte. It’s a sweet but savory brew with the usual fall spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.) but also a taste that is not unlike cooked vegetables – it sounds weird, but it’s actually very delicious. It could use a bit more spiciness, but overall it’s a very balanced, tasty beer.