Science and Alcohol, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Geektoberfest at the Tech


Geektoberfest Glass and signIn the Bay Area, Fall is greeted with a number of Oktoberfest related events. It’s possible to attend a different event each day of the weekend from mid-September through the end of October. Events range from Sausages and Suds in San Leandro, the Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay, to the Oktoberfest Street Fair in Campbell. On October first, the Tech in San Jose hosted their annual Geektoberfest event. This after-hours event featured a number of beers from local breweries with unlimited tastings, bratwurst, tables with the science of beer and presentations about beer. All of this along with free run of the museum with other inebriated adults.

This was probably one of the most fun events I have attended. The room with the eight breweries was small and packed but we figured out the system so we could enjoy our pours while waiting in line for the next. North Coast Brewing, Strike Brewing, Gordan Biersch and Half Moon Bay Brewing were among the featured breweries each had two to five offerings. My personal favorite was the Pumpkin Ale from Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

After the tastings we decided to check out the food offerings. The offered a bratwurst on a pretzel bun, potato salad and the fixings for $10. It was a pretty good value for the money. There was also a bar with wine, different beer and water available for purchase. There were cupcakes from local favorite Franci Cakes but we got over to them to late and they were sold out.

The museum exhibits were open for us to check out. We spent a lot of time in the earthquake simulator and reliving some of the most popular Earthquakes including the Northridge Earthquake of 1994 that I slept through as a child. Another fun exhibit was the jet pack. The exhibit offers the chance for guests to try their hand at using a jet pack similar to the ones that astronauts use to maneuver through space during a space walk. To add to the fun there were targets that you had to try to hit. It’s really fun and as an added bonus we were slightly buzzed. I managed to hit six and the sober record is seven in 60 seconds.

We got a chance to check out some of the science of beer exhibits including creating exploding beer balls. We combined sodium alginate and distilled water the dropped a frozen beer cube in. With a little swirling, a jelly coat was formed trapping the beer inside. Once we strained it we could eat it. It was a strange texture and surprising when it popped and it reminded me of a beer filled gusher.

Over all it was fun event and a great value for $25 admission with unlimited tastings. If you’re in San Jose next year during the first week of October check out the event for a good time with beer and science.


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