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(New Orleans, La.) - Make plans now to be at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on Friday, September 12, 2014 for Scales & Ales to benefit the Aquarium's education programs and conservation initiatives. The fifth annual event is the signature fundraiser for Audubon Aquarium, a once-a-year opportunity to support Audubon programs while experiencing the exceptional sights and sounds of the Aquarium after dark.

Partygoers will enjoy the following Abita Beer tastings:

Abita Amber
Abita Light
Purple Haze
Restoration Pale Ale
Legendary Gator
Saison Select
SOS Pumpkin and Peach Firkin

Wine, specialty cocktails, and delicious cuisine will also be offered from more than 35 local restaurants. Please click here to see full list of participating restaurants. Live entertainment includes The Atlanta Showstoppers.

Scales & Ales is an adult-only event on Friday, September 12 from 8pm-11pm with a Patron Party that begins at 7pm. Tickets start at $45. Patron tickets are $100 per person. Sponsor packages start at $500. All food and drinks are included in the ticket price. Please call (504) 861-5107 for more information.

Please click here to view list of sponsors.

 Audubon Aquarium and Entergy IMAX® Theatre will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 to prepare for the event. Tickets are on sale now and are limited! To purchase tickets visit

Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.