Scientific Suds

Scientific Suds

The McWane Center explores the science of beer.

October 04, 2007


On October 11, the McWane Center—a hands-on science museum that is a destination point for kids—will offer scientific amusement for adults: the opportunity to sample exotic beers at McWane’s “Science Uncorked: The Science of Beer.” Beers that will be available for tasting include Rodenbach Grand Cru (a Flemish sour ale), Ommegang Witte (a pale golden wheat ale with a hint of citrus), Lindemans Lambics, and a sampling from Germany’s Ayinger brewery. There will also be some seasonal beers on hand, such as Abita Pecan Ale, Shipyard Pumpkin, and Paulaner Oktoberfest.Brewers from the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy will be on site sharing expertise in the brewing sciences. The Chicago-based Siebel Institute has been in operation since 1872, when Dr. John Ewald Siebel began his brewing research. Over the next two decades, Siebel wrote more than 200 books and articles on the fine art of making beer. He passed away one month before Prohibition, when the institute was forced to expand its curriculum to include baking, refrigeration, engineering, milling, and the making of carbonated beverages. The school’s focus returned to brewing in 1933 when Prohibition was repealed. The Science of Beer will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for McWane Center members. “Heavy” hors d’oeuvres will be served. The beers can be sampled only by those age 21 and older. Music will be provided by The Spots. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 714-8414.

(Illustration by Emily Flake.) (click for larger version)

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