Brew at the Zoo: Like a Carnival but With Lots of Beer and No Rides

Despite the dark rain clouds looming Saturday afternoon, the promise of unlimited beer later that day was enough to please the gods and improve the weather.

New Times' fifth-annual Brew at the Zoo would go on, rain or shine. After the skies sent a brief downpour at 7 p.m., the clouds parted, and revelers poured in. There was plenty of lingering humidity, but also beer -- lots and lots of beer.

See also: View photos from New Times' Brew at the Zoo 2014 at Zoo Miami

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Brew at the Zoo Pours Over Zoo Miami This Saturday

Beer: that frothy, refreshing drink with the power to turn your mediocre existence into an exciting, exhilarating experience. It's a drink that should be celebrated -- nay, honored. That's why at New Times, we put on events like Brew at the Zoo.

In its fifth year, Brew at the Zoo (or BATZ, as it's referred to endearingly) takes over Zoo Miami this Saturday night to offer you loads of craft beer choices, enough to make visions of winged beer pints dance in your head.

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Five Beers You Must Try at Brew at the Zoo

Photo by Liliana Mora
Miami New Times' Brew at the Zoo returns to Zoo Miami Saturday, May 3. From 8 to 11 p.m., channel your inner party animal as you sample unlimited beer and rock out to the soulful tunes of Mr. Robert Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice (AKA king of the '90s and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's best friend). Of course, there's also food, entertainment, and lots of giveaways -- all within a few (safe) feet of some of the wildest animals known to mankind.

But you're really going for the beer, as the event name implies. With more than 100 beers, ales, shandies, porters, and ciders to choose from, where do you even start? Think of the offerings at Brew at the Zoo like stars in the sky -- some just shine brighter.

With that in mind, we're sharing a list of standout beers to try at Brew at the Zoo, chosen for their characteristics and just plain ol' drinkability. Cheers!

See also: Photos of Brew at the Zoo 2013 at Zoo Miami

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Brew at the Zoo Is Back: More Than 100 Beers and Vanilla Ice

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Ice, ice beer-by.
Miami New Times' Brew at the Zoo is back. That means it's time to enjoy hundreds of the world's finest beers alongside the wildest creatures you've ever encountered. No, we're not talking about your college roommates. We're talking about monkeys and tigers -- and Vanilla Ice.

It all goes down from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Zoo Miami, where you're invited to sample as many brewskis as you like and listen to Vanilla Ice sing the catchiest song to come out of the '90s: "Ice Ice Baby."

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Brew at the Zoo in Photos: Fast Pours, Long Lines, Mexican Sombreros

All photos by Zachary Fagenson
Beer snobs, you are not alone.
If you are what you drink, then most of South Florida's beer snobs are fruits or just plain bitter.

Hoppy, pungent IPAs and light, easy-drinking pilsners infused with berries or citrus garnered the longest lines at the Miami New Times' Brew at the Zoo on Saturday night at ZooMiami.

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Brew at the Zoo: Plan Your Evening With Our Handy Event Map

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Yesenia Hernandez
Don't miss one single beer with our handy map.
Brew at the Zoo is tomorrow, May 4. The event, at Zoo Miami, features over 100 beers, including local craft selections and a home brewers alley serving unique and delicious brews you simply have to try.

If you're a serious beer geek (or you're into treasure hunting), here's a map of the entire Brew at the Zoo in advance, which is totally helpful in planning a beer-tasting strategy.

We suggest treating BATZ like a day at Disney, running to the back of the event and working your way to the front. Alternatively, seek out your favorite brew and rush over to their tent for a first sip. Either way, you'll be able to easily find your favorites and navigate the terrain like a pro.

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Brew at the Zoo Mega-Deal: Get a Four-Pack of Tickets at Half-Price

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The fourth annual New Times Brew at the Zoo is tomorrow, May 4, at Zoo Miami. The event features great beers, good food, live concerts, and plenty of surprises.

We know most of you have your tickets in hand and are busy planning for an evening of sudsy fun -- ironing your best beer-related T-shirt, making pretzel necklaces, and polishing the beer goggles.

See also: Angry Union Wins Paul and Young Ron Competition

But some of you procrastinators haven't made plans. In case you're on the fence, allow us to give you the top five reasons why you should go to Brew at the Zoo:

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Brew at the Zoo Discount: Angry Union Wins Paul and Young Ron Competition

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Laine Doss
Paul and Young Ron congratulate Angry Union for their superior home brew.
There were some tense moments (and a lot of laughs) at Paulie's Kitchen at the Paul and Young Ron studios in Miramar yesterday, as the two radio personalities (and beer-drinking members of their crew) judged five of South Florida's best home brewers.

At stake? A table at the Paul and Young Ron Brewer's Alley and VIP access to Brew at the Zoo, this Saturday, May 4 at Zoo Miami. (Where, by the way, they are offering a $10 VIP discount starting today with promo code CTS2013, by clicking here.)

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Paul & Young Ron's Home Brewer Competition: Winner Featured at Brew at the Zoo

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Paul and Young Ron
Homebrewers wanted!
Paul and Young Ron might know everything about being the funniest people to every hit the radio airwaves, but did you know they're also beer aficionados?

In fact, they love beer so much, they've taken over the fourth annual New Times' Brew at the Zoo, renaming our home brew section the "Paul and Young Ron Brewers Ally".

They're also holding a competition to see which Paul and Young Ron Show listener makes the best home brew in the first ever Paul and Young Ron Home Brewer Competition.

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FIU's Beer Academy: Meet It at Brew at the Zoo May 4

Beats the hell out of algebra.
Beer has been an obsession of mankind since the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians made brew 7,000 years ago.

We've evolved techniques since then, but the basic fundamentals remain the same. After all, in the most primitive of terms, beer is simply the byproduct of fermented grains.

Although equipment and sanitation have drastically improved, it's still simple to make beer at home. But, like anything, you've got to be shown the right way at least once.

That's why the FIU Beer Academy was born. Consisting of three affordable classes open to the public, Beer Academy might just be the best time you'll ever spend in school. Led by Professor Barry H. Gump, the classes are held several times throughout the year. Students learn by doing. In other words, you'll bring home beer the night you start.

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