The Discovery Center of Idaho is a hands on science museum located in Boise, Idaho and tonight they had an “Adult Night” focusing on the science of brewing. What better way to learn about beer and brewing than with 4 local breweries serving a few of their popular bews, a few food trucks to keep everyone fed, and brewmasters with exhibits and small batch examples of some of the crazy things you can do with beer. I can safely say that I never imagined that I would have a peanut butter and jelly porter, but I did, and it was a remarkable experience. Not that I would set out to buy a peanut butter and jelly stout mind you, but that one could capture a peanut butter and jelly sandwich flavor in a beer was impressive.
Joining the regular exhibits, and the currently on display Leonardo DiVinci models were brewing exhibits from the public library which featured an impressive selection of beer/brewing books focusing on the North West (which were available for check out which I thought was even more impressive… I walked out with 2). There was also a hops tea station where not only could you gather to learn about how different kinds of hops can influence beer making, but you were able to sample a hops tea (think boiling water poured over ground up hops and steeped like a green tea). While meandering from one presentation to another you couldn’t help but strike up conversations with other beer lovers about everything from beer culture, brewing, and the wonderful growth that we’ve been seeing in the Micro Brewing scene here in the Treasure Valley with beer lovers and those doing the brewing themselves. The crowd was friendly and engaged, which always makes for a pleasant evening with strangers bound by common interests.
Aside from great beer (Boise Brewing, Payette Brewing, EDGE Brewing, & Woodland Empire) and a variety of amazing food (Riceworks, Archies Place, B Town Bistro) (if you happen to be in Boise you should hunt town Archie’s Place food truck and get your grub on) there were also presentations facilitated by local brewers about the Microbiology of Brewing, Science & Aging of Beer, and Mash. Honestly, what could be better than an evening in a hands on science museum where you can play with everything while eating good food, drinking great beer, and learning some fascinating info about the creation of the magical life sustaining elixir common people refer to as “beer”.