By: Robert Dotson
The Lincoln Park Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals as well as events. The Craft Brews at the Lincoln Park Zoo is an event that has been taking place in the zoo for the last couple of years. It is a popular event that has made people come to the zoo for more than just watching the animals run around in their cages. This event is easily the place to have a good drink out of all the participating breweries. One can find drinks from brands like Aleman, Angry Orchard, Goose Island, Samuel Adams, 2 Fools Cider among many more. All of these beers come from over 40 local and regional breweries and they all are in this one of a kind event. The tasting stations were located in the zoo’s gardens and were open for people to taste, as long as they bought the special tasting ticket.
There were also tickets for designated drivers in order to keep things in order. It limited the experience a little but the event was still very fun and entertaining. There was good food, lawn games and a DJ playing music as the event was taking place. Most of the people in this event were all of drinking age and enjoyed themselves to the fullest. This event was clearly meant for adults and amongst them, some were really behaving a little too happy, the VIPs. The look of the animals would’ve been like they wanted to join in the fun, if they had been there. Sadly there was a very strict no drunk animals policy, so the animals were taken away to their cages as to avoid people giving them beer.
Among all the stands and beers there were some that really stood out to me. There were beers that had flavors that I’d never thought possible, there was one beer that tastes like raspberry, courtesy of Great Lakes Brewery. There were several breweries that had special flavored beers out for people to taste such as rose apple cider honey, melon, Irish wheat and the formerly mentioned raspberry beer. These special flavor beers have become a trend that people seem to really like and enjoy. Some of these flavors are much sweeter than the usual beers but at the same time carry much less of a punch. One can see the appeal that these flavored beers have with people that have only just started drinking and have yet to acquire the liking for the traditional flavor beers.
Overall it was a very fun event to attend and I recommend giving it a look if possible. I was able to speak to some of the people that were giving out their drinks during the event and they all answered the few questions that I had. Most of the people attending the event had come previous years to show their products and get more and more people to taste their drinks. Several of them were looking forward to people tasting their drinks, but in moderation. To all that like beer, bottoms up.