Thursday’s party at the Bakken is a night of fun, flavor, and science. The Smithsonian-affiliated museum, located just off of Lake Calhoun, is hosting an evening dedicated to the science of brewing. Folks from Fair State, Bauhaus, Tin Whiskers, and Boom Island will be pouring samples and talking about the finer details of making beer. Meanwhile Prohibition (kombucha), Superior Switchel Co. (an all-natural electrolyte drink), and Five Watt Coffee will round out the lineup with delicious non-alcoholic offerings. The happening isn’t just about the samples: Each business will discuss how their ingredients interplay, so you can try your own flavor concoctions at home. Cocktails and snacks will also be served, all with a live Americana soundtrack from Elizabeth Ghandour & the Highburners. 21+.