Virtual Brews and Botany Series Explores the Plants Behind our Favorite Drink – Session 2: Prost to Plants!

Jan 29, 2021 7:00PM—8:00PM

Cost $15 per session or $40 for all 3; FOW Members $10 per session or $25 for all 3


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Have you thanked a plant today? Plants not only create the oxygen we breathe, and all the food we eat (that photosynthesis thing is really important!) they give us the drinks that make our mornings bearable and our evenings more enjoyable. Join us for a series of lively, interactive online discussions about the botanical origins of our favorite brews featuring Dr. Chris Tyrell, Curator of Botany at the Milwaukee Public Museum and local botanical beverage specialists.We will highlight some of the fascinating factoids included in The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart. For instance, did you know that colonial Americans made a low-alcohol birch beer from the sap of our native birch tree?

Sessions will highlight the science and history of botanical beverages such as coffee and tea, beer, whiskey and liquors, as well as healthful brews like kombucha and lemonade. Our local beverage specialists will help us learn how to create these elixirs at home!

The Brews and Botany Series includes three, one-hour programs shared via Zoom and recipes to create your own botanically inspired drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at home.

Session 1: The Zip in Your Sip – Friday, January 22, 7-8 pm

We will highlight the various caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate drinks.  Our special guest speakers will be Aureal Ojeda founder and owner of Outwoken Tea and barista Rachel Malik.

Session 2: Prost to Plants! – Friday, January 29, 7-8 pm

From blue agave, to juniper berries, to the hops that made Milwaukee famous, plants are behind your favorite spirits. Join us to celebrate the plants and the stories behind your favorite fermented beverages. Our special guest speaker will be a bartender from Liquid Johnny’s.

Session 3: Toast to Your Health – Friday, February 5, 7-8 pm 

Lemonade, root beer, kombucha, oh my! Meet the health herbage behind your favorite nutritional drinks. Special guest speaker, Alesia Miller founder and owner of Soul Brew Kombucha will explain the origins of kombucha.