Cheers to 10 years of Brew at the Zoo!

Don’t miss the 10th annual Brew at the Zoo! Brew at the Zoo is a beer-tasting event that offers guests the opportunity to walk on the wild side as they sample offerings from local breweries and restaurants. The entire zoo, with the exception of the Bird's World building and playground, will be open for this event (weather permitting). Sip some delicious brews and visit with western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, pygmy hippos, and other species in the Zoo’s Tropical Forest Pavilion, as well as giraffes, zebras, kangaroos and many other animals. Don’t miss a visit to Aussie Aviary, a seasonal free-flight aviary featuring brightly-colored budgies.

Boston Beer Company Wants Dancing, DJs, Karaoke and Live Music

The Boston Beer Company i.e. the Sam Adams Brewery, is seeking a permit to host live music, a DJ, dancing and karaoke. "We’re seeking a permit essentially for the option to support local musician – duos or trios only – in the event we’d want to host live musicians for an event. We anticipate this would happen only a handful of times throughout the year and would wrap before sunset, but allows us another way to strengthen our ties in the community and support those who help to make it flourish," said Meaghan Quinn, communications specialist for Boston Beer Company, to Jamaica Plain News. The Boston Beer Company is scheduled to appear at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's Public Service Committee on Tuesday (August 7) to discuss its petition to "add the categories of three instrumentalists and three vocalists, disc jockey, dancing by patrons, and karaoke to their existing non-live entertainment license." The meeting is actually at The Brewery (Building B) at 31 Germania St., at 7 pm.

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Reveler Beverage Co. Grand Opening in Needham

Reveler strives to be greater Boston’s destination for Craft Beverages.  We embrace all things Craft, not limited to beer, but also encompassing small batch spirits, unique cocktail ingredients, artisanal wines, and non-alcoholic beverages.  For the Grand Opening our custom Tasting Bar will be packed with Beer, Wine and Spirits samples throughout the weekend. We invite you in to explore our selection and create some merriment with us! Reveler was opened by JP residents, Kate and Scott Linzmeyer who live with their daughter Calais in the Forrest Hills area.

CJ Reese, who like a large majority of the staff lives in or very near JP, tends bar.

City Floats 15 JP-Only Alcohol Licenses

Jamaica Plain businesses would get five new booze licenses a year for three years under a proposal floated Monday. Mayor Marty Walsh and City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley announced the plan, which would add a total of 105 licenses to JP, Hyde Park, Roxbury, East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan and Mission Hill. In a holdover from the days when the state did not trust Boston to distribute its own booze licenses, a restauranteur faces six-digit costs and Byzantine rules to serve vodka, stout or chardonnay. All licenses are tightly regulated and involve approvals at both the state and city levels. Pressley, taking up liquor licenses as an economic development issue, shepherded a similar program through in 2014.

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Ellana and Josef Haile of Blue Nile Restaurant pause for a photo at the JFK School on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Blue Nile Changes Hands

One of JP's most popular vegan and vegetarian restaurants, Blue Nile, is changing ownership. It faces a tricky exchange to keep a beer and wine license, however. But not much else is slated to change about the 389 Centre St. favorite. New owner Yosef Haile, brother of current owner Ellana Haile, has been managing the place for the last three years.

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