SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After a three year hiatus, Brew at the Zoo returned to the Forest Park Zoo on Saturday. The animals at the Zoo kept an eye on the humans during the returning popular fundraiser.

“We haven’t been able to host Brew at the Zoo since 2019, and we’ve really missed it,” said Sarah Tsitso, executive director at The Zoo in Forest Park. “This event brings together our incredible craft beer community, who all come out to support the 225 animals that call our zoo their home.”

It had been three years since the beer from local breweries flowed at the Zoo to raise money for programs furthering the outreach of this Forest Park resource. Taking place from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, the event featured beer samples from local craft breweries.

“We’re really excited to be bringing it back,” Tsitso continued, “We have 24 home breweries. We’re so lucky in Western Mass. We have a wonderful array of very talented brewers, and our brewers are doing this to support the animals.”

There will be a brew competition, food trucks, games, and animal interactions. Advanced tickets are required to attend this event and IDs will be checked at the door upon arrival.