Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Announces New Beer Garden

posted Friday, Aug 23, 2019  |  03:11PM

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden are brewing up a new space to enjoy local beer –  Hops beer garden.  Grateful to partner with our friends at MadTree Brewing and other local breweries (Fifty West, High Grain, Braxton and 3 Points Urban) to help push this project forward.


Brewery Partners

Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Hops will be open in time for the annual Zoo Brew event on October 10 and be located above Roo Valley, an upcoming kangaroo walkabout accompanied with a little penguin habitat, and Klimb, a ropes course. The deck will seat 130 visitors and feature rotating beers from the participating breweries as well as Goose Island, Breckenridge, Elysian, and Golden Road. Patrons can also rent the space for after hour corporate events.


There are also plenty of new food offerings as well including artisanal flat bread pizzas, oven-roasted meatballs and marinara, caprese salad, oven-fired chicken wings, roasted cauliflower and shareable pub pretzels and beer cheese. 



“Sustainability is important to us,” said Jordan Miller, General Manager, Service Systems Associates.  “Our main restaurant, The Base Camp Café, has been

MadTree Team signing

MadTree Brewing Team signing the final truss

named the Greenest Restaurant in America, and we’re going for a 4-star rating from the Green Restaurant Association for Hops. Food operation will be disposable free, with real silverware and plates instead of single-use plastics.  We’ll grow our own herbs, and source produce, cheeses and meats locally.”


“Cincinnati is a beer town, and we’re thrilled to expand our partnerships to offer visitors some selections that are brewed locally,” said Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard. 


Earlier this week, representatives from brewery and distributor partners came down to meet the Zoo team heading this project and to sign and sticker the final truss that will face the entrance to the Hops Beer Garden.


Check out the full press release HERE on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens site, and see what’s brewing at MadTree HERE.