A chemist walks into a bar… and always produces a reaction!

Wednesday, December 7 @ 6:00pm

Abandoned Building Brewery
142 Pleasant Street #103a, Easthampton, MA

Brewing Chemistry:
Exploring How Simple Science Can Yield a World of Flavor

  • Beer is a combination of simple ingredients, yet it is one of the most complicated beverages, why?
  • Why is water quality important to produce a consistent experience?
  • How and why hops varieties are different?
  • Can we gain a better control over the brewing process?

Dr. Hans Mentzen

Dr. Hans Mentzen is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Mentzen has a Bachelors in Chemistry and Education, and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, specializing in water quality, treatment and control. Dr. Mentzen has worked in industry and also had faculty appointments at The College of the Holy Cross prior to joining UMass Amherst’s Chemistry department. Dr. Mentzen research focuses on identifying, quantifying, and controlling the trace monoterpene compounds found in hops that provide many of the flavor and aroma characteristics found in modern beers, especially the New England IPA style. Through his undergraduate research group, he mentors and provides experiential learning opportunities to future generations of brewing chemists.

Bring a friend and join us as we enjoy lively conversations, prizes, and brilliant minds. Light refreshments will be available outside the presentation room, first come, first served. This is an inclusive, family-friendly event for people from all walks of life (ALL are very much welcome: kids, college students, your parents!). We promise, you’ll learn something if you come. And hey, you might even win a prize! Remember… Admission is FREE!

SciTech Cafe events are open to any one with a curious mind regardless of age and background.  Our events, prizes, and snacks are free, but donations are appreciated. 

This event is hosted at Abandoned Building Brewery in Easthampton, MA.

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