On Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. in UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. 9th St.), UNC Charlotte and the N.C. Science Festival will present “Brewing Science: The Future of N.C. Beer,” a free public panel discussion featuring scientists, artisans and industry researchers involved in craft brewing, discussing the sophisticated present and possibly exotic future of North Carolina beer.
The event’s panelists include Jen Blair, president of North American Craft Maltsters; Richard Chi, faculty in UNC Charlotte’s Biological Sciences Department; Pablo Gomez, White Labs (Asheville); and Folarin Oguntoyinbo and Brett Taubman, both faculty in Appalachian State University’s Fermentation Sciences program. Panelists will discuss topics such as the development of novel barleys and yeasts, the aromatic chemistry of hops and the microbial ecology involved in exotic fermentation practices. All-in-all, there’s a whole lot more science in beer making than most people guess. Home brewers and sophisticated beer geeks should come ready to ask their most difficult brewing questions. A reception will follow.
The event is free, but registration is required: “Brewing Science” is sponsored in part by Bird Song Brewing Company, Bold Missy Brewery, High Branch Brewing Company, Pilot Brewing and Old Mecklenburg Brewery.