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Buzzing you with science: A drinking tutorial in West Palm Beach

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, for 50 years a friendly and staid staple for Palm Beach County families and kids, seems to be going out of its way to reach new constituencies since it expanded by more than 6,000 square feet and dropped its old name, the now fusty-sounding South Florida Science Museum.

On Thursday night from 6 to 9, they’ll aim for a youthful (but not too youthful) demo during the 21-and-older Science of Beer and Wine gathering, with sponsors including Brewzzi, Due South Brewing Co., Lagerhead Brewing Co. and PRP Wine. Serious talk about the chemical reactions necessary for making beer and wine will be interrupted by food and drink, music, trivia contests, giveaways and special demonstrations, including one on making liquid-nitrogen beer ice cream. Bring your notebook and your beer goggles, kids!

The evening will allow the center to show off its new space, unveiled in June, along with 10,000 gallons of aquariums that appeared on Nat Geo Wild’s “Fish Tank Kings,” a reality-TV profile of Fort Lauderdale’s Living Color Aquariums. The show’s producers called it “the biggest, most intensive and most impressive job they've ever done.”

If you’re planning ahead, the Science of Chocolate is Feb. 8-9.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is at 4801 Dreher Trail N., in West Palm Beach. Admission to the Science of Beer & Wine is $20 in advance ($15 for members), $25 at the door ($20 members). Call 561-832-1988 or go to

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