August 18, 2012 | Brew at the Zoo

We haven’t been back to the zoo much since a wild pack of fifth-graders tossed our stuffed panda into the tiger cage. Luckily, Saturday’s Brew at the Zoo beer tasting at the Franklin Park Zoo (1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, 617.541.5466) is exclusively 21-plus — so our pride (and Snuggles II) should be safe. Attendees can sip from the stock of more than a dozen local breweries, move to beats from DJ BK, and nosh on bites from spots like Ashmont Grill and Doyle’s Café — and, of course, meet gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, and other inhabitants of the zoo’s Tropical Forest Pavilion. Plus, you can stroll through “Zoorassic Park,” a seasonal exhibit featuring life-size animatronic dinosaurs (which should be extra cool once you’ve got a good buzz going). The night runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and you can grab tickets ($50) here.