Science Pub Corvallis

Science Pub Corvallis offers cool presentations in an informal atmosphere where you can interact with experts and where there are no silly questions. No scientific background is required – just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!

Held on the second Monday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis, Science Pub is sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Downtown Corvallis Association and Terra magazine at  Oregon State University.

No RSVP is necessary. Tell your friends and join us on Facebook to stay informed about upcoming guests. We hope to see you there! Or check out our new podcast and catch all of our lectures online.

Check out photos from the May 13, 2013 Science Pub. You can also see past Science Pub events (2009-2014) online and listen to the Science Pub podcast, starting with June 2016, Jane Ishmael on Marijuana as Medicine. And if you can’t join us in Corvallis, check out science pubs by OSU-Cascades in Bend and by OMSI in Portland, Hillsboro and Eugene.

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Tom Shellhammer is a hops expert in Oregon State’s fermentation science program. (Photo: Jeff Basinger)

February 12, New brews: Hops, barley and the future of craft beer.  Speaker, Tom Shellhammer, Oregon State University Department of Food Science and Technology.

Hop-forward beer styles, such as the India Pale Ale (IPA), are the most popular craft beer styles in the United States. Many people love them, while some are turned off by their bitterness or they overabundance on beer menus. At the February 12 Corvallis Science Pub, Tom Shellhammer will explore the underlying science of hop-forward beers and how hop variety and production practices come together to create a diverse range of beers that feature intensely hoppy flavor.

His lab, which is known internationally for its expertise in hops flavor, studies the chemistry and sensory impact of hops, beginning with how they are grown all the way through to the finished product.

Shellhammer is the Nor’Wester Endowed Professor of Fermentation Science in the Department of Food Science and Technology. He leads the brewing science education and research programs and in his research, investigates hops, beer quality and the origins of hop aroma and flavor in beer.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1996. During the 2008-2009 academic year while on sabbatical leave from OSU he worked at the Technical University of Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. In 2014-2015, Shellhammer served as the President of the American Society of Brewing Chemists.


March 12, 2018: Jim Rivers, College of Forestry, Oregon State. Home from the Sea: The marbled murrelet project

April  9, 2018: Larry Landis, Valley Library, Oregon State. Science in a Western Vale: 150 years of OSU research

May  14, 2018: Sean Fleming, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. The Boom and Bust Cycles of Rivers (see Fleming’s post on the top five water stories of 2017.)