Beer On A Sphere: Can Climate Change Impact Your Favorite Brew?

Beer on a Sphere

Friday, March 25 - Founders Memorial Library

Climate change will undoubtedly disrupt our future, but will it disrupt our beer? Beer on a Sphere is your chance to taste local brews, learn how brewers source their ingredients and understand how barley, hops, water and other brewing essentials might be impacted by severe weather and a warming world.

This event will make use of cutting-edge datasets and a specialized 5-foot spherical projection system from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help attendees grasp the global impacts of weather and climate disruption.

So tip your glass, open your mind and join us for a night of learning and libations.

This is a ticketed event for audience members 21 years and up. Registration will close on March 23. Tickets to this event must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door.

The cost for this event is $30 and includes samples of local beers, a variety of light appetizers and stimulating conversations with experts and enthusiasts. Additional beverages will be available for purchase.



Cost: $30
Must be 21 years and over. Registration will close on March 18. Tickets to this event must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door.

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5:30-6 p.m.—Doors open, tastings available

6 p.m.—Think Global. Drink Local. Experts studying weather, climate, and water will explore how brewing essentials are impacted by a warming world. After the talks, experts will welcome questions from the audience. Speakers include Associate Professor Victor Gensini, '08, M.S. '10 (NIU)​​​​​​.

6:30 p.m.—Intermission

6:45 p.m.—Brewers' Panel. Meet some of the creators behind some of your favorite local brews and hear their views on growing sustainable, local businesses. Speakers include Steve Byers (Byers Brewing), Ryan Weidner, '98, M.B.A. '12 (Pollyanna Brewing), and Jenna Spychal, '09 (Jonamac Orchard and Cider House).

8 p.m.—Attendees are encouraged to continue the conversation at their favorite local eatery or brewery.


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