Science on Screen® The Flavors of Beer

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The Midwest Theater is joining forces with Flyover Brewing Company to present “The Flavors of Beer,” a special Science on Screen event on Feb. 1.

The event will begin with a VIP beer tasting at 6 p.m. in the Midwest Theater lobby. Attendees will receive a take-home tasting glass and tastes of four beers, including one special release brew. Flyover’s brewmaster Derek Ordway will be on hand to talk about his craft, and Extension Educator Gary Stone with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center will have information about growing hops in the Panhandle.

The film-and-discussion portion of the event will begin at 7:30 p.m., with Ordway and Stone discussing the art and science of brewing beer and growing hops, followed by a screening of the documentary film “Brewmaster.” Filmmaker Douglas Tirola details the rise of craft beer’s popularity and follows two enthusiasts chasing their
American brewing dreams. Doors open for the movie event at 6:45 p.m., and Flyover beer will be available for purchase.

Tickets for the VIP beer tasting are $20 each, available in advance only through Jan. 31 or until the limited quantity sells out. Tickets for the film are $6 each, available in advance or at the door. The package of both a movie ticket and entrance to the VIP tasting is $26, and would make a great gift for the beer lover in your life. Advance tickets may be purchased over the phone, at the Midwest Theater box office, or online.

This event is for patrons aged 21 and up. Please be prepared to show identification at the door.

This event is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scotts Bluff County Farm Bureau, WyoBraska Gives donors, Nebraska Arts Council, and Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

WHAT: Flavors of Beer VIP beer tasting
WHEN: Fri., Feb. 1 at 6:00 p.m.
TICKETS: $20 each, limited number available in advance only through Jan. 31, does not include movie ticket

WHAT: Flavors of Beer “Brewmaster” Science on Screen film-and-discussion
WHEN: Fri., Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: $6 each, available in advance or at the door, does not include VIP tasting

Film synopsis: Director Douglas Tirola’s Brewmaster artfully captures the craftsmanship, passion and innovation within the beer industry. The story follows a young ambitious New York lawyer who dreams of becoming a brewmaster and a Milwaukee based professional beer educator as he attempts to become a Master Cicerone. Helping tell the story of beer are some of the bestknown personalities in the industry including Garrett Oliver, Jim Koch, Vaclav Berka, Ray Daniels, Charles Papazian and Randy Mosher. Brewmaster creates a cinematic portrait of beer, those who love it, those who make it and those who are hustling to make their mark.
Film not rated
Film run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

For more information, visit the Midwest Theater website or call 308-632-4311.

Derek Ordway started brewing nine years ago as a hobby, and has been a part of the beer industry for the last six years. His professional career started in Fort Collins; initially selling homebrew and wine supplies followed by an Assistant Brewing position. Derek then spent the last few years as the Head Brewer at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Buffalo, New York. His favorite beers to brew are Pilsners and experimental IPAs.

Gary Stone serves as a Nebraska Extension Educator in efficient irrigation water management, limited irrigation cropping systems and community and environment issues – Master Gardener program. He also addresses other topics including invasive species and their management and basic water law. He is a Certified Professional Agronomist and Certified Crop Advisor.

This film-and-discussion event at the historic Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff is a part of the national Science on Screen program supported by The Coolidge Corner Theater and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The goal of the Science on Screen series is to increase science literacy by creatively pairing screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences. For more information about Science on Screen, visit