Nerd Beer? Nerd Beer.

August 10th, 2010

Wired has a really great article up today about some of the nerdiest beers on the planet (or at least the nerdiest beers they could talk brewers into sending them). We’ve seen a great connection between science, history, and beer before, so maybe this really is becoming a trend. They missed out on some of the uber nerdy Star Wars-themed beers, but still came up with some pretty good ones like Gigabit IPA (brewed in hopes of getting Google to place its hyper-fast Internet in Portland, OR), Moog Filtered Ale, and Biere de Mars, which I happen to have a bottle of sitting in my fridge. Here’s writer Betsy Mason’s take:

This beer is strong on malt and low on hops with a sweet start and a slightly sour, funky finish that we attributed to the wild yeast. It has some of that typical Belgian boozy feel to it, though it is a relatively mild 6.2 percent alcohol. Webmonkey editor Michael Calore summed it up as “sweet, but not too sweet.” Strangely, while everyone had more than usual to say about the different flavors in this beer, we were split on whether it had distinctive character or fell more on the mild and forgettable end of the spectrum. Personally I think Biere de Mars has a lot of interesting tastes, but they are subtle, which works for me. It could be a good training beer for people who aren’t sure about Belgian beers.

Make sure you get over to Wired to check out the whole list.

Science + Geek + Beer = Awesomely Geeky Science Beer — Wired

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The Greatest Scientist of All

December 18th, 2009

science crazyWired Magazine has an interesting article up about the connections between geologists and their love affair with beer. Turns out that many of them drink a lot, and the writer from Wired has a really interesting explanation, complete with brain imaging scans, charts, and complex video evidence. Just kidding. Turns out they just like getting drunk.

So the real question is why the bond between geologists and beer is so strong. I decided to do some research this week to get to the bottom of the phenomenon.  So, beer in hand, I asked as many of the 16,000 or so geologists, geophysicists, hydrologists and atmospheric scientists at the meeting as I could and got some very interesting responses. (Full disclosure: I am also a geologist, and I like beer)

The most popular theory I heard was that it must have something to do with the amount of time spent outside doing fieldwork.

“When it’s hot, and you’ve been hiking all day carrying 50 pounds of rocks, do you want a Merlot? No,” said thermochronologist Jim Metcalf of Syracuse University.

“It goes down a lot easier than water because a lot of the places we go, we can’t drink the water,” said structural geologist Jonathan Gourley of Trinity College.

I would have liked to have seen the article pitch for this story: “No, there really is a connection between geologists and drinking! Let me show you! *chug chug chug* Look! I’m still a geologist! Point proven!”

But in all seriousness, it’s kind of a cool article about the power beer has to bring people together and how it might, might open up possibilities for different types of thinking and exploration. Except any idea I’ve had when drinking turns out to be really stupid the next morning, so hopefully geologists have more discretion than I do.

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