Imagine enjoying local craft beer, playing games and hanging out with dinosaurs, all while raising money for a great cause.
Beer N’ Bones 5 allows patrons to do just that at the Arizona Museum of Natural History from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, April 28. VIP entry is set for 6 p.m.
The event will showcase the best of local and national craft breweries. Those confirmed at press time to attend include Uncle Bear’s, Odell’s, Oro Brewing, The Perch, Colorado Brewing Company, Scottsdale Beer Company, College Street, Wren House and O.H.S.O. Representatives from many of the local breweries will be present, and several of them will be bringing beer specifically created for the event.
“The breweries love to be part of this event because it is very informal, compared to a typical beer festival, and they get a lot of one on one time with their current and potential future customers,” says Kathy Eastman, the museum’s curator of education.
But there’s more than just beer here.
“Speed Dating with Scientists is a game show-like event that pairs patrons with scientists,” Eastman says.
“Though it’s set up like speed dating, the purpose of the event is to learn more about your favorite scientific field. A group of scientists are introduced, each describing their area of specialty. Patrons then get to select which scientist they’d like to sit and chat with, speed dating style.”
For a nominal fee, patrons can purchase a Beer Tasting Passport which allows them to sample an array of different beers, introducing them to many different styles and flavors. Beer Tasting Passports are automatically included in the VIP package.
Beer, wine, hard cider, gluten-free options and nonalcohol drinks will be available for purchase along with food provided by local vendors. The admission fee includes the first drink.
The chamber folk ensemble North Brother Island will blend acoustic chamber music with a live band experience on the patio.
Live animal stations will be dispersed throughout the museum letting patrons get up close and personal with some of their favorite creatures. Snake specialists will be present along with experts from The Phoenix Zoo, Arizona Reptile Center and OdySea Aquarium showcasing their beloved animals. Various creepy crawly insects will also make their presence felt.
“The insects really seem to draw a lot of interest and people really seem to enjoy seeing them in this environment,” she says.
New additions this year include Crafting with Craft Beer, Fun Science Activity Stations and Beer Bingo.
VIP tickets, which are $40 in advance, not only feature early admission, but a Beer N’ Bones custom glass, food and drink vouchers as well as the session “Dino Bytes,” led by Dr. Andrew Farke, a renowned expert in paleontology and archaeology who is also an avid homebrewer.
The Arizona Museum of Natural History is a large indoor museum with a three-story waterfall. It’s open six days a week, except Mondays and major holidays.
Beer N’ Bones 5, Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa, azmnh.org, https://beer-n-bones.eventbrite.com, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, April 28, $20-$40.