Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!


No show in April!

May 8th at 7pm!


Sea turtles are magnificent creatures that have survived 100 million years of evolution and are critical to the health of the ocean ecosystem. Despite more than 50 years of research and recent advances in technology, scientists have only begun to understand these animals who spend the majority of their lives at sea and can travel thousands of miles every year. Human activities are threatening sea turtles with extinction through things such as habitat destruction and climate change, but scientists and concerned volunteers are helping bring them back. 
At this Science on Tap, Brad Nahill, President of SEE Turtles and a co-author of the Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles will talk about innovative research efforts, emerging threats to these animals, and his team’s education and conservation efforts around the world. Their efforts have helped save more than 2 million endangered hatchlings, launched a worldwide effort to end demand for tortoiseshell products, and have generated more than $1 million for conservation and coastal communities, resulting in the organization being named a finalist for the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Changemakers Award. Join us to learn why sea turtles are important, how people are working to save them, and ways that you can join in the efforts to protect these graceful and important animals. 
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office the night of show.

June 12th at 7pm!


The flames roaring, the ever-changing smells, the rhythmic sounds of the movement of the beans within the metal dragon. Inside, coffee beans are loosing water content, amino acids are catalyzing reactions with monosaccharides, oligosaccharides are undergoing caramelization, organic acids are breaking down while others are forming from the breakdown of these carbohydrates while developing pressures that can exceed 300 psi. At the end of the day, 300 volatile aromatics are transformed into over 1000. This craft, so often pictured in the artisanal idyllic is blending of science, art, and craft: bending fire to transform raw coffee into roasted beans.
In this session, Rob Hoos, author and Director of Coffee at Nossa Familia, will introduce us to the world of coffee roasting, as well as dive into some of the science that underpins and guides the profession of a coffee roaster. Looking at the process from start to finish, we will come to understand the basic design, chemistry, and thermodynamics of the process as well as dive into current research on the manipulation of flavor development during coffee roasting.
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office the night of show.

July 10th at 7pm!


The Pacific Northwest is due for a major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and a magnitude 9 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami would likely produce an unprecedented catastrophe much larger than any disaster the pacific northwest, or the nation, has ever faced. Vancouver isn’t ready, and significant preparation is needed to safeguard communities, businesses, and people. There are lessons to be learned from several recent earthquakes around the world including Chile, Japan, New Zealand, and Mexico. At this Science on Tap, Allison Pyrch, a local geotechnical engineer, will discuss SW Washington’s earthquake setting, what similar quakes can tell us about what to expect from a Cascadia earthquake, and how the Pacific Northwest is preparing for “the really big one.
Allison Pyrch is a geotechnical engineer whose experience includes site specific seismic design for buildings, roads, bridges, dock and port structures, large embankments, slopes and landslides, and water and wastewater infrastructure. Recognized as American Society of Civil Engineer’s 2018 Oregon/SW Washington Engineer of the Year, she has travelled to Chile, Japan, and Mexico after their recent subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis to study the effects on lifelines.  Allison was also featured prominently in the awards-winning OPB documentary Unprepared, as well as the Al Jazeera program TechKnow.
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office the night of show.


Wed, 5/8/19 tix7:00 PM
Wed, 6/12/19 tix7:00 PM
Wed, 7/10/19 tix7:00 PM
When: Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm
Cost: $9.00 Advance tickets.
$10.00* suggested cover at the door.
Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.
For more info: visit  VIA Productions.
*A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is supported, in part, by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.