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Try “Charlie’s Choice” at Brew at the Zoo

Time is running out for reservations for the first Brew at the Zoo of 2021, kicking off on Thursday, May 27. Back by popular demand are beer sampling from some of the Atlanta metro area’s favorite breweries; live music; free carousel and train rides; and evening animal viewing. Capacity is limited for the event, which will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests under 21 will not be admitted.

Brew at the Zoo returns after a year’s hiatus with updates in place for 2021 only, including a total of four monthly chances to attend. Reservations are available now for all four events: May 27, June 25, July 23, and August 27.

The May 27 event will feature the debut of Charlie’s Choice: A Conservation Ale, an exclusive new brew developed by SweetWater Brewery in partnership with Zoo Atlanta. Earlier this year, Charlie, a 24-year-old member of the Zoo’s adult male bachelor group of western lowland gorillas, was selected to assist in choosing the ingredients for the special themed creation. Charlie had the opportunity to choose one of three fruit options: grapefruit, wild berries, and banana – all fruits that are part of the gorillas’ diets. His selection was grapefruit, which became the basis of Charlie’s Choice. Charlie’s Choice: A Conservation Ale will be available for tasting at Brew at the Zoo; for purchase through the season at the all-new SweetWater Beer Garden on the grounds of Zoo Atlanta; and for a limited time at the SweetWater Taproom, where a portion of its proceeds will benefit Zoo Atlanta.

In addition to SweetWater Brewery, participating breweries include Down Home Brewing Co.; Fire Maker Brewing Company; Monday Night Brewing; New Realm Brewing Company; Red Hare Brewing; Scofflaw Brewing Co.; Tucker Brewing Company; Urban Tree Cidery; Wild Heaven Beer; and Wild Leap Brewing Company. Select wines will also be available.

Live music at the May 27 event will include tunes from The Jump Cut, DJ Ree de la Vega, and Lilac Wine. Visit for musical lineups scheduled for the June 25, July 23, and August 27 events, as a new lineup will be featured at each event.

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Rachel Davis, Director of Communications
404.624.2812 – office
404.309.2238 – cell

Gavin Johnson
Public Relations and Communications Specialist
404.624.5980 – office

About Zoo Atlanta
A proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the gold standard for animal care and welfare, Zoo Atlanta has a mission to save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education, and engaging experiences. The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them endangered or critically endangered. Highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Recent transformations include the new African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs, meerkats, and rhinos; Savanna Hall, a state-of-the-art special event destination in the newly restored historic former home of the Atlanta Cyclorama; and the new Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Plaza. For more information, visit

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