If you like beer, barbeque, bluegrass and beasts—you’re in luck. The Chattanooga Zoo holds its second annual “Q n’ Brew at the Zoo” on Saturday, July 27 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at, you guessed it, the Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. This unique event will feature BBQ samples from a number of local joints, including Smokey Bones, Sugar’s Ribs, Porker’s BBQ, Rib and Loin, Chubby’s Barbeque, Choo-Choo Barbeque, Pepper Jack’s, Couch’s Barbeque, Texas Roadhouse, JC’s Family Barbeque, Rolling Smoke, Ron Thompson and Eric Plemmons.
Guests can sample BBQ from each of the vendors and relish the unbridled joy that comes from the flavors, smoke and pure love that goes into every bite. After sampling all of that sweet, sweet 'Q', guests can then vote on their favorites, which is akin to picking a favorite child. The winner of the tasting will receive the coveted “Best BBQ in the ‘Noog: People’s Choice Award” as well as the all-important bragging rights that come along with such an honor. Full dinner plates can also be purchased from each vendor. Every guest will receive a signature “Q n’ Brew” souvenir cup and a complimentary beverage with each ticket. Adult tickets are $10 for zoo members and $12 for non-members. Children’s tickets are $5 and $7. Children under the age of 2 are free.
As if BBQ and beer weren’t all you need to be happy, the Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band will be on hand performing live throughout the event, and each ticket comes with entry to the zoo and all its exhibits. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Zoo’s various community education programs. So go support your local zoo all while pigging out on some of the best BBQ Chattanooga has to offer, sipping on some great brews, listening to finger-pickin’ bluegrass music, and soaking in some exotic animals from around the world. What better way to spend a mid-summer Saturday in Chattanooga?