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Craft beer meets science meets ‘Star Wars’ at Science of Beer festival

The Science of Beer


Heading to Nashville‘s Adventure Science Center is, for the most part, a fantastic treat and learning experience for the little ones in your life, from the biology-exploring BodyQuest exhibition to the teeny-tiny-tech and science-focused Nano exhibition. If you’re a parent and you’ve never been, definitely worth putting on the to-do list.

Their programming, however, isn’t always totally for the kids. Case in point: the upcoming Science of Beer festival, which brings a different twist to the beer tasting festival landscape in Nashville.

At the December 17 event, you’ll get the chance to sample a whole bunch of craft beer — 70-plus American brews, if you’re counting — but given the Center’s thrust, it’s a creative learning experience too, not just an excuse to chug.

The schedule is stocked with activities that’ll give you greater insight into the makeup of beer, and encourage you to get a little playful, too.

Since the date of this seventh installment of the annual fest just about coincides with the release of seventh Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens (out the next day), the Science of Beer was, of course, given an intergalactic slant.

One of the activities lets you pretend you’re in the Mos Eisley Cantina Band by building instruments out of beer bottles, cans and growlers. Another takes the carbon out of carbonite (sort of), and gives insight into those bubbles in your beer. Plus: liquid nitrogen beer ice cream, which played no part in Star Wars, but hey, we haven’t seen the new one yet.

These are the beers

There’ll also be food trucks on site (Electric Sliders serving tiny burgers, Music City Pie Co. with sweet and savory pies, and more), local beer experts doing beer demonstrations and sharing knowledge and other experiences to keep you entertained/learning/fed while you wander around and sample.

Proceeds from this grown-up night of science-led, beer-exploring fun will go to help the Adventure Science Center continue to provide hands-on science education to the kids who live in and visit our city.

Tickets ($45 for basic and Adventure Science Center member Patron tickets, $55 for non-member Patron tickets) include unlimited tasting samples and a pint glass to take home. Patron tickets include a pint in the beer garden, too. (Six-packs are also available, fittingly.)

Thinking about hitting it? More info (and tickets) at the Adventure Science Center website.

If you end up going (hopefully in full Star Wars regalia), we’d love to see photos — tag us on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram!


The 7th Annual Science of Beer
When: 7 – 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
Where: Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203
Tickets: $45-$55, available online
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