Have you ever sat down at a bar, ordered a beer, and thought to yourself, “Why do humans even have specific genes for breaking down alcohol?” The answer, as it turns out, takes you a long way back in human history; our relationship with yeast (the organism that makes alcohol) predates human evolution. At the Kiggins Theatre’s next Science on Tap, Dr. Kevin McCabe—Lab Supervisor at Full Sail Brewing and holder of a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics from OHSU—will take you through the history of primate alcohol consumption, the importance of yeast to human history, and how early microbiology turned the tables on yeast and gave humans control over our boozy destiny. The resulting presentation is “Evolution Under the Influence: Alcohol and the Coevolution of Humans and Yeast.” This evening of science, beer, facts and fun will begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8. You can get advance tickets for this show here.
Science on Tap is a monthly lecture series at the Kiggins Theatre, offered in partnership with Via Productions (“Better Learning Through Beer”) and Washington State University Vancouver. The doors open at 6 p.m. so you can find a seat and purchase yummy refreshments: beer, wine, soda, pizza, and theater-style popcorn and candy. Tickets are $8 in advance (click here to purchase online) or $10 suggested donation at the door. Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of a few dollars. Come anyway and donate what you can! Buying a ticket in advance merely confirms that you will have a seat at the event.