Beer appreciation specialist Canadian Mirella Amato will
discuss one of her favourite topics at a science communication
festival in Dunedin later this month.
Ms Amato, of Toronto, will talk about the science of beer
during the three-day ScienceTeller Festival, which runs from
October 25-27 and will be held mainly at the Otago Museum.
Ms Amato said beer was not only ''delicious'' but was also a
There were many ways to appreciate it and a great deal of
science was involved in ''crafting the perfect pint''.
The biennial international festival celebrates storytelling
and science communication in Dunedin, and is hosted by the
University of Otago Centre for Science Communication.
Ms Amato, a qualified beer judge, is also one of only seven
Master Cicerones, certified by the Craft Beer Institute in
the United States.
Her Dunedin talk will be held at the Lone Star Cafe and Bar,
in George St, and is linked to an evening beer-tasting
session on Sunday, October 27.
She will also attend a later ''Literature and Lager'' public
event at 7.30pm, also at the Lone Star, during which readings
will be given by science historian Prof Naomi Oreskes and
sceptic Guy Harrison, both based at San Diego, as well as by
senior science communication students.