You need new drinking buddies. Expand your circle to the two- and four-legged set at the Sequoia Park Zoo's annual Brew at the Zoo on Saturday, May 9 at 4 p.m. ($45, $40 advance, $35 advance online, $20 designated drivers). This year, with construction on the Watershed Heroes exhibit complete, you can wander all over the grounds sipping craft beer (because the otters are too uptown for Steel Reserve in a can) from 17 breweries posted throughout the zoo. Cleanse your palate between tastes with your pretzel necklace (it's not childish, it's a thing) or pub food from the Funky Monkey Café, like pulled pork sandwiches and fried mushrooms. Need something to match that IPA? Maybe some "beer kissed" desserts from Boujie Bakery will help you savor the flavor.
And you're not just getting blotto with flamingos. In fact, you'll want to bone up on your wild kingdom facts, as there will be animal trivia games and prizes (you can't win a panda — we checked). Two music stages mean you can also get down with the llamas and bald eagles (which are less screamy than previously thought) to the sounds of Mad River Rose, the No Good Redwood Ramblers, the Spindrifters and Jazz Quadrant.
Just keep it together in the petting zoo. Nobody likes a handsy drunk.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill