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The new cheetah exhibit at the Virginia Zoo. (Courtesy photo)
(Photo courtesy the Virginia Zoo)

Norfolk’s Virginia Zoo is making room for growler fans on Saturday. And not just the four-legged kind.

The zoo’s 2016 Growlfest, slated to run from 5:30-9 p.m. on Sept. 24, will feature food trucks, after-hours zoo access and beer on tap from nine local breweries, according to a release. The breweries include Bold Mariner Brewing Co., Coelacanth Brewing, O’Connor Brewing Co., Commonwealth Brewing, Home Republic Brewpub, Rip Rap Brewing Co., Smartmouth Brewing Co., Wasserhund Brewing Co. and Young Veterans Brewery Co.

Animals will be on view until 7:30 p.m.

General admission tickets cost $25, and come with two beers and a growler. But don’t expect to fill your growler during the event. They’re only available at the front gates when you leave.

For designated drivers, non-drinkers, children older than two, tweens, teens and those under the age of 21, admission tickets are $10, and include access to the zoo. Children under two are free.

On Saturday, tickets cost an extra $10.

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.