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THE BUZZ: Science on the Rocks: Science of Spirits

Science on the Rocks

Article by Kristen Nevarez Schweizer

Normally you might hire a babysitter to take your kid to the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, but for a night at the museum’s “Science on the Rocks” you are booking both a sitter and a designated driver so YOU can be the one spending the evening at a children’s museum!

An inspired and progressive initiative, “Science on the Rocks” is a 21+ event bringing together San Diego’s bars, eateries, hotels and entertainment for a posh, educational evening in an unexpected location. A mere $20 – $40 (depending on the ticket type and whether you purchased ahead of time or at the door) buys you entrance to the museum and an all-inclusive punch card to sample all the food and drink vendors sprinkled through the museums multiple galleries.

October’s “Science of Spirits” was aptly titled, focusing on craft cocktails provided by Twisted Manzanita Spirits, Deadhead Rum and Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits. Vendors offered samples, but were also open books on the chemistry and ingredients of their treats. Classes were held for a personalized cocktail class with the bartenders of Polite Provisions owner Erick Castro discussing with gusto the actual differences between craft cocktail and a standard mixed drink – students get to drink their creation.

The food for the evening did not disappoint, when combined through the evening the serving sizes made it feel like full meal! The delicacies were courtesy of Sadie Rose Bakery, Patio Restaurant Group (the clear standout with an Octopus Salad sampling), Terra Catering & Events, Glass Door, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel, and South Park Abbey (the most popular booth for their famous signature chicken wings).

“Beer Goggle” accuracy games, cocktail chemistry booths and slow-motion video booths (provided by A Little Scene) updated the evening for some grown-up entertainment. There was something for every personality in the crowd, ranging from those bobbing their heads to the remarkably dynamic DJ, backed up from live drums (ENGAGE Drumbeats by Dre) at the cash bar to those circled in galleries passionately discussing the exhibit topics (water conservation through desalination, pro or con?). Ages ranged from 21 past retirement, but the party atmosphere didn’t drop no matter where in the 65,000 square foot museum you were in.

The newest “Illusions” exhibit was the highlight, with perception tricks within sculpture and digital media surprising guests of all ages. Despite the high attendance and popularity of the favorite exhibits, the party remained leisurely and intimate, with each guest enjoying unhurried interactions with the tactile installations.

An entirely different experience than the field trip Fleet Center that San Diegans have come to expect. This event is a smart rebranding of a wonderful institution, and it is imperative than at some point in the near future you pick out your favorite “date night” threads and come out to “Science on the Rocks” for great food and drink, and to re-inspire your inner scientist.

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 in addition to the vendor samplings your ticket includes. “Science on the Rocks” is an ongoing event series, with new and creative themes that make it worth repeating!

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