BATTLE CREEK — Beer enthusiasts were able to party with the wallabees on Friday night.
For the third year, Binder Park Zoo’s BontebOktoberfest featured beers from across the state, food and, most importantly, zoo animals.
Roughly 1,000 people were in attendance, battling cold and wet weather. All proceeds went toward the preservation of the zoo’s programs.
As it had done in previous years, Arcadia Ales brewed a beer specifically for the event — this time named Goldilocks and the Three Beers (6.3% ABV). The red ale was a bit bready and piney in flavor, and featured subtle, floral hops throughout the sip.
Attendees also were able to take home a 12-ounce bottle of the brew.
Of all the beers sampled that day though, I left being most excited about Bad Bear Brewery’s Peanut Butter Porter (7.3% ABV). The dark-brown colored brew was very balanced for what I’d consider a “specialized” beer, with a subtle, natural peanut butter flavor that was reminiscent of the high quality, organic peanut butter you might see on store shelves. It was the first brew I tried, and when I went back for more later in the night, it was completely gone, and for good reason.
I also was impressed with Olde Peninsula’s Stout Chocula (5.25% ABV) — a milk stout with layers of cocoa, vanilla and nut. It was pretty drinkable — being medium bodied with light carbonation.
The $40 event also featured live music from band Funktion, a 50/50 raffle, a “Lizard Lounge” and carousel derby.