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Explore the Science of Craft Cocktails at Science on the Rocks

Learn About Libations at the Fleet’s Signature Science and Social Event Thursday, October 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

October 02, 2014

The Fleet has discovered the scientific formula for a perfect night out: Take one part fun with friends and slowly mix in two parts intriguing interaction. Then add a scoop of nibbles and a cup of libations. Cover all ingredients with music and laughter. Let it simmer to perfection. And voilà! You have Science on the Rocks—a delightful evening of unexpected activities, delicious tastes and indulgent experiences for adults ages 21 and up. Science on the Rocks is held on select Thursday evenings, and each event features a unique theme.

This October, Science on the Rocks is stirring up the fun at our next party, The Science of Spirits: Craft Cocktails. We’ll tantalize guests with sips and stories from San Diego's best bartenders and reveal the chemistry behind popular whistle-wetters. Partygoers will enjoy sweet and savory food and drink samples, intriguing science activities and fascinating chats with experts.

Scientists will be on hand to present fun science-based activities for attendees to engage with between libations, prominent members of the craft cocktail community will be giving informative talks and music will be provided by Engage Drumbeats by DRE, featuring a DJ with live drums. Plus, all Fleet galleries will be open for guest to explore.

The informative activities and talks include:

·         Craft Cocktails Dissected: The Secrets of a Classic Cocktail.
Join Polite Provisions owner, Erick Castro, as he reveals the craft of cocktails and the elements that distinguish a handmade libation from a run-of-the-mill drink.

·         The Science of Spirits.        
Explore the distilling process with experts from Deadhead Rum, The Twisted Manzanita Spirits and Ballast Point Spirits. From ingredient selection to bottling the finished product, craft distilling combines art and technology to create pure cocktail pleasure.

·         Spirit Society Private Class
Join the Spirit Society for a special class and learn to make the perfect cocktail, courtesy of the expert bartenders from Polite Provisions. $15 for the 30-minute class--and students get to drink their creations.

·         I Am So Infused …
Bacon vodka? Cucumber gin? Local scientists dispel confusion and explain the art of infusion.

·         You Want Proof?!    
If a whiskey is 90 proof, what does that mean? Local scientists explain the truth about proof.

·         Who Are You Calling Dense?        
Join local scientists to learn about different liquid densities and how they affect cocktail mixing.   

·         Beer Goggles           
Put on beer goggles and attempt to complete our obstacle course.

·         Take it Slo-Mo
Make your own Super Slo-Mo Video, thanks to A Little Scene.

The party will feature sample bites courtesy of South Park Abbey, Sadie Rose Bakery, the Patio Restaurant Group, Terra Catering & Events, Glass Door and Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina and sinful sips from Twisted Manzanita Spirits and Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits.

This event is open to savvy adults ages 21 and over only. I.D. is required. A cash bar features beer, wine and select cocktails. Tickets for this event are on sale now.

Advance ticket prices range from $20 to $40. All proceeds from this special event go toward the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center's efforts in building a community where children and adults are empowered by science.

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To schedule a preview, interview or media appearance, please contact Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Relations Manager Nathan Young at 619-685-5743 or nyoung@rhfleet.org. We can arrange interviews and live on-air demonstrations to help showcase the fun activities of the party to your media audience. Potential subjects include cocktail mixing demonstrations, fun with our inebriation simulation Beer Goggles, colorful liquid density presentations or food tasting with a participating local restaurant. 



About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.