Ever wonder how beer is made? Then come check out one of the most fun adults-only events the Saint Louis Science Center hosts each year during Science On Tap from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. Featuring over 80 beer and cider tastings, small plates, science demonstrations and live music, this total sensory experience invites you to learn about the chemistry behind the brewing and bottling process.
To help battle your beer-induced hunger, the event includes four small tasting stations featuring delectable fare prepared by the Science Center’s in-house catering team, Starlite Events and its partners. Food stations include 1) Deli Star’s Loaded Chips: Bourbon BBQ pulled pork with traditional creamy cabbage and daikon radish slaw served on bed of house chips and garnished with pickled jalapenos; 2) Bavarian Pretzels: Two Bavarian pretzel sticks with house-made Perennial Southside Blonde Beer mustard; 3) Science On Tap jambalaya: Andouille sausage and chicken mixed with a rich tomato sauce, onions, bell peppers, serrano peppers and Cajun seasoning served over a saffron rice pilaf; and 4) Nothing Bundt Cakes & Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery: These vibrant red cakes with chocolate chips and a signature cream cheese frosting pair perfectly with Clementine’s ice cream infused with 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout.
If you’d like to learn more about the beer you’re drinking, there will be plenty of interactive demonstrations and activities that invite you to be hands-on with some of beer brewing’s most popular ingredients, including kernza, a perennial grain bubbling up in beer production across the country. Don’t forget to check out the sub-zero demonstration at the CenterStage as you delve into the world of solid dry ice and sublimating gases, color-changing crystal balls and bubbles that can be held without popping.
Another popular activity includes vision distortion goggles, or “drunk goggles.” By donning a pair of these, you can experience the disorientation of intoxication without the hangover. Play a few simple games to challenge your hand-eye coordination, and witness how your brain can help “correct” your perceptions in this fun but sobering game.
To keep you entertained while getting your fill of beer and bites, the Loot Rock Gang will be “on tap” combining traditional elements of blues, country, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll in such a striking, unexpected way that it takes a form palatable to modern listeners as well as traditionalists. Whether you are swinging along and tapping your toes to an infectious rhythm or being drawn in by the emotional power of a strong blues ballad, you will be part of the chemistry that makes this band a refreshingly remarkable listening experience.
Advance tickets, which include complimentary parking, are $45 for Science Center members, $55 for non-members or $60 at the door the day of the event. VIP tickets are $75 and include valet parking, first access to food and beer tastings at 6 p.m. and the opportunity to interact with vendors before the general admission doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets, click here or call 314.289.4424 for more details. M