PHOTO COURTESY CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO TAKING CARE OF THIRSTY VISITORS — This unidentified worker was drawing a pitcher of craft beer for some visitors during a recent Brews Around the Zoo.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is getting ready to once again host a fan-favorite, adult-focused event: Brews Around the Zoo, according to a news release.

Brews Around the Zoo is one of the zoo’s biggest fundraisers, offering attendees the chance to sample more than 30 different craft beers as well as soak up the atmosphere. This year’s event will take place 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford. Early Access and VIP ticket holders will get in an hour early at 4 p.m.

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Brews Around the Zoo is presented by Wayne Densch, the release noted.

“Events like Brews Around the Zoo allow us to do what we do,” Stephanie Williams, zoo director, said in the release. “It’s a win-win. We get to connect with the community through something fun, and we get to raise money to continue our mission of educating people and empowering them to act on behalf of wildlife by sharing these awesome animals.”

In addition to great beer from breweries near and far, Brews Around the Zoo will feature live music, a seltzer station and wine tastings. Delicious food selections will be available for purchase.

General-admission tickets cost $50. For $70, guests can take advantage of exclusive early admission at 4 p.m. Or, for $150, guests can gain VIP status, with access to exclusive cocktails, food offerings and more. Tickets are available now at www.centralfloridazoo.org/event/brews/.

Only those age 21 or above are permitted to attend Brews Around the Zoo, and guests must show a valid ID upon entry.

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ENJOYING THE HIGH LIFE — This couple, whose names were unavailable, enjoyed visiting the giraffe exhibit during a past Brews Around the Zoo.

For guests with mobility issues, manual wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis at the admissions window for $12 each. Guests requiring the use of a mobility device also are welcome to bring their own to the zoo.

The zoo will be closed all day April 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for event setup. Brews Around the Zoo takes place rain or shine.

The 2020 event was canceled because of COVID-19, and the 2021 event was pushed back to fall, so this marks the event’s return to its popular spring scheduling, the news release said.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford is home to more than 300 animals. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in conservation, providing experiences that excite and inspire adults and children to learn and act on behalf of wildlife.

More information is available at www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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