Astronomy on Tap

Astronomy on Tap is a nation-wide phenomenon where professional astronomers give informal talks in local bars on a variety of scientific topics followed by lots of discussion and interaction with the public. We at Caltech are spearheading this effort in Los Angeles and Bishop in collaboration with researchers from Carnegie Observatories, The Planetary Society, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (operated by Caltech for NASA), UCLA, and more.

At our Los Angeles location, we meet one Monday a month at Der Wolfskopf, a German beer bar in Old Town Pasadena. Each event consists of two 10-15 minute talks on some aspect of astronomy/astrophysics with broad appeal. In the intermission between talks, the scientists present roam around the bar, interacting with members of the public, and answering questions. Additionally, there is an astronomy pub quiz ongoing throughout on the screens, with cool astrophysics and NASA prizes for those interested. Our host bar, Der Wolfskopf offers attendees special Astronomy on Tap happy hour prices on a variety of food and drink items throughout our event.

Similarly, we have begun holding irregular Astronomy on Tap events in Bishop, California at Mountain Rambler Brewery. With a similar schedule as our LA-based events, we are hopeful that it catches on in the heart of the Sierra Mountains. Keep an eye out on our main outreach page for news about our irregularly-scheduled events in Bishop!

Overall, these events last about two hours, but feel free to come and go as you please. Doors open many hours before our starting time, so if you want a good seat, we recommend getting there a little early. No reservations are necessary, you can just show up. Despite these being held at bars, the management have given us the OK for minors to attend.

For updates, check back on our main outreach page or join our mailing list on our contacts page. Bring your thirst for beer and your thirst for knowledge!