Last Saturday I finally got to go to the New Times & Zoo Miami Brew. I have been very curious about these type of beer tasting events. Overall I had a good time, but It was a bit different than what I had imagined.
So this event is referred to as Brew at the Zoo, but it should really be called ‘Brew Adjacent to the Zoo’. I’m sorry to say we did not see any zoo animals that night 🙁
My friend had invited me along with some of her friends that had purchased the tickets as a group discount for $25 each. We ended up meeting up at the Zoo Miami parking lot. We saw people tail gating and pre-drinking before the event and were giggling and thinking that was redundant. Later, we found out exactly why people were pre-drinking. Once the event started, we followed the crowd to an entrance along the right side of the Zoo. We also received sample mugs as we walked in (they were adorable). The event was on an open lot adjacent to the zoo parking lot. It reminded me of going to a food truck event. Instead of food trucks on an empty lot, there were beer vendors. There was a ton of people, and each little stand had a big line.
We sampled several beers from Magic Hat, Ballast Point, Wood Chuck, MIA Brewery and a few others. Some tasted pretty good and some were pretty bad. Around 9 or so, Arrested Development took the stage and some of the people went to see the show. Someone in line told us that they came to the Brew just to see them. They sounded great from a distance, but I honestly missed it all. We ended up standing in line for some arepas and pinchos (pork kabobs). The food was delicious, but basically those were the only food options. By the end of the night we had really only sampled about 7 beers due to the long lines.
Overall, I had a pretty good time. I went with cool people, and the food was also good. But of course food is not included in the ticket price. But I guess I’m not too big on the beers we sampled. Also, it would have been cool to get admission to the Zoo and walk around. The musical guest was a bonus to me. I didn’t even know there was going to be one. So in the end, I am not sure if I would pay for a full ticket price of $40 and up. It would seem more economical to try a new bar and order a few pitchers. But if you are curious like I was, getting the group discount (I believe it was a Groupon) would be your best bet for the next Brew at the Zoo.
Thanks for reading, and as always leave a comment – Gio