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A Natural History of Beer

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Illustration of beer bottles in a row Illustration by Patricia J. Wynne

Join Museum Curator Emeritus Ian Tattersall and Curator Rob DeSalle, authors of A Natural History of Beer, as they weave together findings from their respective fields of paleoanthropology and molecular biology in an exciting journey through the world of beer. Take part in tastings and join this grand tour of the science and history of this popular beverage, covering a diverse range of topics including animal behavior, ecology, archaeology, chemistry, sociology, law, genetics, physiology, neurobiology, and more.

The conversation is moderated by Megan Krigbaum, freelance wine writer and contributing editor for PUNCH.

A book signing with Tattersall and DeSalle follows the talk.

Special thanks to Catskill Brewery and Harlem Brewing Company for supplying beer.

Support provided by NYC Kegs and TapRm.

Tastings include:

Catskill Brewery: Ball Lightning Pilsner

5.5% ABV

The classic Czech Pilsner is the inspiration for this modern twist on an original beer designed for easy drinking. More hoppy than traditional, this beer features imported Saaz hops and European pilsner malt. Crisp and refreshing.

Catskill Brewery: Devil’s Path IPA

7.5% ABV

Made with 100% Michigan hops. The aroma is rich and ripe with a variety of fruit flavors. The taste follows with balanced bitterness and flavors of berries, tropical fruits and pine. The finish is appropriately bitter and leaves the palate wanting more.

Catskill Brewery: Stout ‘19

4.5% ABV

Strong aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate welcome you to this part-lactose stout. The coffee oats and lactose give a lush mouthfeel to support the strong dark-malt flavors that make this a very robust beer for 4.5% ABV.

Harlem Brewing Company: Harlem Renaissance Wit

5.8% ABV

A refreshing and tasty Belgian style wheat ale. Lightly hopped with rich coriander, cumin, grains of paradise and orange peel for a mellow finish. Winner of Best Beer NYC, People's Champ 2018