Lecture Series – Japan’s Sake Science
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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Arkansas Studies Center
401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR
First floor, room 124
*** Please note our new meeting location! ***
You’ve seen him on stage at Skeptics in the Pub.
You’ve encountered him at Colonial Wine and Spirits.
Who is he? Founder of the Sake Society of Arkansas, sake brewer, and sommelier Ben Bell has just returned from an intensive study period in Japan under the tutelage of the finest sake masters in the world.
He’s just over his Japanese jet lag, and he is ready to impart to us all the wisdom to be found in a bottle of sake.
Humans have been fermenting agricultural products to produce intoxicating beverages for at least 8,000 years, and brewing alcoholic drinks with fermented yeast for at least the same amount of time – predating written history. Sake is brewed from rice, using a different method from brewing for beer. As it happens, our home state of Arkansas produces an awful lot of rice – half of all rice grown in the U.S. is grown right here. Might sake become the new State Beverage?
See photos of the sake-making process, hear Ben expound on the science, and let him amuse you with the science fiction of sake myths and legends.
Word has it that Ben may even bring a little sake for our tasting pleasure to this event.
Please come to be educated about one of the oldest recipes humanity still prepares: Fermented beverages!
For a lively discussion of current events, AR Freethinker’s group news and business, join us at the Arkansas Studies Institute, right across from the River Market. Parking is free and plentiful on Sundays in the Main Library parking lot.
We meet on the first floor in room 124. We usually adjourn at about 4:30pm and walk over to the Flying Saucer for dinner, drinks and more fun times.