Science of Beer at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, TN

by Ernie Ayres on February 1, 2013

About six weeks ago we had the privilege of attending the Science of Beer event at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, TN. It was two floors of Science and Beer! Who wouldn’t want to go to that? A special thanks goes  to Jeff Krinks with the Adventure Science Center for making it possible for us to attend. Also, thanks goes to Stephen Watkins for being the staff photographer.

Science of Beer first tableIf you have never been to the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, I highly recommend it…especially if you have kids! Almost every step you take is within reach of a cool, really big science experiment or display. I think it is geared mostly to the younger kids but there are still quite a few things for the older kids (39-ish)as well.

This event was mostly about tasting different beer. Different tables were set up throughout the building on both floors and you could walk from table to table in numerical order, or do as we did and just skip around. Unfortunately we were not able to try all of the beers, but that’s only understandable at an event where more than 50 samples were to be had! **Public Service Message** One of my friend’s wives dropped us off and another picked us up…no drinking and driving here!

In addition to the beer there was a Molecular Gastronomy booth where you could sample Beer Ice Cream. And let me tell you, there’s one thing you want to try and that’s Beer Ice Cream! I neglected to write down which beer it was but I think it was Nashville’s own, Yazoo Dos Perros.

Empty glasses before hand

In addition to the usual Science Center booths and activities, there were several beer centered activities in the “Bring Your Own Brain Olympics” including:

  • The Shape I’m In. Discovering how the shape of a glass can affect the amount of liquid you think is there.
  • CAN You Recycle? While wearing our wacky Beer Vision Goggles try to toss an empty beer can into the recycling bin.
  • Brew-Niverse Rockets: Launch your paper beer bottle rocket into the Brew-Niverse! Can you land on A Planet Named Sue? Blue Moon? UFO Hefewizen?

Three Amigos at the Science of Beer event

We only had time for tasting so we did not get to do any of the activities. Maybe next year.

Here were the beers I tasted separated into Liked or Disliked:


  • Abita Turbo Dog (one of my favorites for many years)
  • Genesee Lager
  • Lefthand Milk Stout (another of my favorites)
  • Wells Banana Bread (tasted like I was drinking banana bread!)
  • Napa Smith Bonfire Porter
  • Oskar Blues Dale Pale Ale
  • Oskar Blues Deviant Pale Ale (my favorite new beer and I normally can not stand IPA’s, has an IBU rating of 85!)


  • Samuel Smith Organic Stout (way too chocolatey)
  • Lakefront Fuel Cafe’ Stout (had a weird aftertaste that none of us could identify)

The only change I would like to see is that it would last longer. That way everyone could slow down and try more beer.

The Adventure Science Center is a great place to go either with the kids, or like this event without. There is always something going on so I highly recommend that you check out the calendar and plan a visit!

While this event was similar to the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival I went to a couple of years ago, it was noticeably different. The B,B,and BBQ Fest was like a big frat party where people were just drunkenly stumbling from table to table, trying to drink as much as they could in the six hours of the show. The Science of Beer event seemed to have more people actually wanting to know about the beer and wanting to do some of the activities I mentioned above. I will never go to the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival again whereas I definitely intend on going to the Science of Beer event next year!

For more pictures of this event, check out our Facebook Page. And while you’re there, be sure to “Like” WhiskeyNose!


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