Author Kurt Vonnegut wrote about a character named Kilgore Trout, and in his book Breakfast of Champions, Trout wrote a story about two bits of yeast having a conversation while turning sugar into champagne.
"This was a substance produced by a tiny creature called yeast," wrote Vonnegut. "Yeast organisms ate sugar and excreted alcohol. They killed themselves by destroying their environment."
While Vonnegut used the personification of yeast and its intrepid eating habits for artistic exploration, the Discovery Center of Idaho is taking the scientific angle as part of its Adult Night offerings, aptly titled the Science of Brewing.
On Wednesday, April 25, from 6-10 p.m., DCI will welcome patrons for $10 at the door, or $8 for DCI members, if there's room—DCI is expecting quite the turnout, based on the prior success of its adults-only nights. If you want to be sure to get your hands on some suds and science, advance tickets are available at the DCI website for $11 ($10, plus a $1 processing fee). Admission includes a token redeemable for Ben and Jerry's ice cream, BuckSnort root beer, beer or wine.
While eager brew-sippers peruse exhibits at the science center, their yeast-addled brains will drink in the intricacies of how hops and barley become a mouthwatering porter or pale ale.
Patrons can watch beer as it's brewed and interactive demonstrations on the details of the process. They can also get a feel for what it's like when they've downed too many barley pops and test their blood alcohol content with a breathalyzer station or attempt to walk a line wearing the Ada County Sheriff's "beer goggles."
Not only will attendees have fun learning about the beverages they love to imbibe, but they may win a chance to have 48 bottles of delicousness brewed to their specifics. Crooked Fence, Payette and the Homebrewers Club will each give away beer made with ingredients that winners choose, so long as it's attainable by the brewer--so no super exotic fruits or moon rocks. Winners are drawn only from Adult Night attendees, so your odds are a whole lot better than the lotto.