It's an annual event where 20+ breweries from the area show up to provide tastings of their (mostly) delicious ales. You get a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited samples, and "special animal encounters." (Unless you count the employee dressed in a giant giraffe costume, I'm not sure what they meant by "special animal encounters"...)
Anyway, tickets for this event sell out literally the day they go on sale, so I was really glad that Michelle reminded me to get mine, or I would have missed out on all the fun. I definitely hope to make this a yearly tradition as long as I live in Santa Barbara. It was just...SO...stinking...FUN!
I'll let the pictures (and captions) tell the rest of the story.
|Here's our group! Ethan, Anna, Chelsea, Michelle and me!|
|EVERYONE had some variation of a pretzel necklace (I guess we missed THAT |
memo), but this guy's made me happy because it had beef jerky strung on it, too!
That's what I'm pointing at, although you can't tell from the angle of the photo.)
|We found some co-workers (like D on the left) and also met some complete |
strangers (like the guy on the right). The great thing was, everyone we met
acted like old friends!
|Another co-worker (A in the blue shirt) found the fabled penguin, so of |
course we had to get photographic evidence of that encounter!
|The penguin wasn't the only zoo animal we met! Ethan was super stoked to meet |
this giraffe. (Please note Ethan's kindred T-shirt.)
|Michelle and I found this wild meerkat! (Which apparently got mistaken for an |
otter by a lot of people. Really?)
|Gator AND Bill Murray in one shot! YES.|
|Moose! And I think the girl in stripes had a tiger hat?|
|And the official "special animal encounter" -- a "real life" GIRAFFE!|
Yep, we were excited about this one.
|Then there was this dude with a thousand cats on his shirt.|
|And what event would be complete without a Charlie Sheen T-shirt?|
|Did I mention that almost every one of these pictures with random people |
in animal costumes/attire came about by me walking right up and shouting,
|Cuz, yeah. That's basically what happened.|
|And no one ever denied us the chance to take photos with random strangers! |
(Except the police detail that was there keeping the peace. They said no thanks.)
|Only at Zoo Brew can you wear a shirt with a cow on it and make instant |
friends with everyone around you.
|Eventually I discovered that the zoo was selling pretzel necklaces. |
GENIUS! Obviously this happened.
|But before that, I did manage to make friends with a guy wearing lederhosen |
who gave me one of his big pretzels.
|And to commemorate our first (but SO not last) Zoo Brew, Michelle and I |
got matching hats! (On the back, they say, "Drink Beer. Save Wildlife.")
So. Much. Fun.
Next year I'll try to rope Joe into coming along! Maybe he'll wear a full-body costume just to avoid getting a sunburn. (Har har.)