Powder Keg Events

Here's a list of upcoming Powder Keg events. You can also see extra information about our Tuesday Nerd Talks.

Jun 23

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Jun 24

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Dustin Spencer and Nate Folsom

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Jun 30

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Jul 8

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Jul 11

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Retirement Income Strategies (what your advisor may not have told you)

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Planning for and managing income in retirement requires far more than a good investment strategy. Strategies that enhance retirement income and reduce income shortfall risk may be given short shift by advisers. This talk aims to highlight the advantages and dispel the myths of low cost annuities, reverse mortgages, the value of delaying social security benefits and more. It draws primarily on current academic research rather than the opinion of the speaker. The talk will also briefly discuss other key retirement income issues including spending strategies, the costs and benefits of advice and forecasting in a low return environment.

John Osborn, CFA, is a retired institutional adviser having provided guidance to large pension funds including IBM, Nestle and CBS for 30+ years. He no longer provides advice nor does he intend to, preferring to mountain bike, hike, ski and generally be a Coloradan. This allows him to share his views without the pressure of fees!

Jul 14

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Jul 15

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Jul 18

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT -- Anti-poverty programs in Africa

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Claire will engage the audience in a discussion around the meaning and definition of poverty, exploring how various definitions yield different answers to the question of ‘who is poor?’ She will then go on to explain how these definitions are used in her work designing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems for anti-poverty programs in Africa.

Dr. Claire Simon has over 10 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative evaluation research in developing countries that includes formulating program strategy, training and managing survey and research teams, analyzing data, assessing outcomes, extracting lessons learned, and reporting to donors and stakeholders. She specializes in the design, implementation, and analysis of results-based performance monitoring systems. Her areas of subject matter expertise include social protection, food security, disaster risk management, and poverty measurement. Before turning to the field of development assistance, Claire spent eight years working in software development, building client relationship management (CRM) systems for large financial institutions and online retail organizations. In this capacity she specialized in gathering user requirements and transforming these requirements into technological solutions to streamline and improve business processes. Claire received her PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado in 2011. She has a Master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University and a Bachelor’s degree in French and International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Jul 29

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Aug 1

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - The Intersection of Politics & Religion in Ancient Mexico

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

with Jeff Brzezinski

Aug 15

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT with Amanda Hendrix

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Sep 5

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Colorado - A Naturalist's reasons for living here.

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Tim Henson will take us on a visual field trip through the life zones of Colorado from Prairie to Plateau, gleaned from decades of imagery, emphasizing the geology, plants and birds and other fauna of Colorado.

Tim is a retired biology/geology HS teacher who spent much of his 32 years in the classroom at Niwot HS. He is an avid naturalist and nature photographer with a passion for exploring the wild places of the world. His special focus is on the ecosystems of Colorado. A frequent question from former students and friends, as they look at his images from throughout the world is "What is the coolest place you've ever visited?"

His instant reply is COLORADO! It's why he lives here.

Sep 19

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Parting the Red Sea

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Exodus 14 describes Moses and the Israelites escaping from Egypt through the Red Sea, as the waters miraculously divide to let them pass. The pursuing chariot squadron of Pharaoh is drowned when they try to pursue. Scientists since 1879 have recognized that the ancient narrative sounds like a meteorological phenomenon known as "wind setdown," which is the opposite of storm surge. In 2008 Carl Drews decided to research the reported event with a modern ocean model, as part of his Master's Thesis at the University of Colorado. Under certain configurations of wind, water, and river channels within the Nile delta - it works! The simulated waters part to expose dry land for 4 hours, allowing Moses and company just barely enough time to make it across to safety. Join us at the Powder Keg Brewery for an exciting evening of terrified refugees, angry chariot drivers, Bronze Age topography, walls of water, and Biblical interpretation.

Carl Drews holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Master's Degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He works as a Software Engineer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.

Oct 3

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Global Warming Demystified with Jeffrey Bennett

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Global Warming Demystified

The Science, The Consequences, and The Solutions (and why conservatives and liberals can all agree)

Is human-induced global warming real or a hoax? Most people will express an opinion on this question, but relatively few can back their opinions with solid evidence. This is true on both sides, as most “believers” are no better able to explain the scientific case for global warming than “skeptics” are able to make a case against it. Many times we’ve even heard politicians and media pundits say “I am not a scientist” to avoid the issue altogether. But the truth is, the basic science is not that difficult. In this presentation, noted educator Jeffrey Bennett will give you the foundation you need to speak intelligently about the science behind global warming, and show you why the solutions to this important problem are ones that people of all political persuasions can agree on. If you have any questions or doubts about the reality of global warming or what we should do about it as a nation, you’re sure to come away enlightened. The level is suitable for anyone of middle school age and up. The talk is based on Dr. Bennett's global warming primer.

Astrophysicist and educator Jeffrey Bennett’s extensive experience includes teaching at every level from preschool through graduate school, proposing and helping to develop the Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and serving two years as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters, where he helped create numerous programs designed to build stronger links between the research and education communities. He is the lead author of bestselling college textbooks in astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics; of critically acclaimed titles for the general public including Beyond UFOs (Princeton University Press, 2008/2011), Math for Life (Big Kid Science 2014), What is Relativity? (Columbia University Press, 2014), and On Teaching Science (Big Kid Science, 2014). His five books for children are currently orbiting Earth and being read by astronauts aboard the International Space Station for the new “Story Time From Space” program (storytimefromspace.com). Dr. Bennett was recently honored with the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award. His personal web site is www.jeffreybennett.com.

Oct 17

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

Cryonics

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

"Cryonics" means freezing patients at the temperature of liquid nitrogen after death in the hope that future science (like nanotechnology) can revive the patients, cure the cause of death, and rejuvenate them. Cryonics is controversial – some doubt it can ever be done. "Cryobiology" means freezing and reviving tissue, and this is not controversial – tissues up to the size of the thumb are frozen and revived every day. The difference is that it takes longer to perfuse a human brain with the solution that prevents formation of ice crystals than it does to perfuse smaller tissues. The "vitrification solution" is toxic over these longer times, so we can only hope that the future can fix the damage it does. Cryonics, then, is not a certain "cure" for death – it only gives us a chance, a hope.

Alan Mole, vice president of Cryonics Institute, will discuss the state of research and the practicalities and costs of getting frozen after death, and the prices and differences between providers of the service.

Nov 7

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Asteroid Mining 101

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

James Orsulak, Director, Space Resources at Planetary Resources, Inc.

Dec 5

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Neuromyths

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

"Neuro-myths" with Aaron Richmond

Want to plan an event at Powder Keg? Contact [email protected].