Powder Keg Events

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

Feb 21

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Data Mining HS Track

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Devin Rourke is an electrical engineering nerd (PhD student) and a running nerd (high school coach and athlete) at heart. In this talk he combines these two unlikely interests to describe a 'side project' he has worked on the past few months using the programming language Python to collect and analyze data from high school runners. This talk will demonstrate how easy it is to collect web-based data and some interesting results he has found by analyzing it.

Additionally, he will then attempt to justify why this side project -- and side projects in general -- aren't a waste of time. Of course the jury is still out in his particular case, but, broadly speaking side projects aren't a waste of time...Right?

Feb 24

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Feb 25

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Mar 3

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Mar 4

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Mar 7

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Conservation & the WILD foundation

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Amy Lewis is the Vice President of Communications and Development for the WILD Foundation, and a former university lecturer on the subjects of international relations, the Middle East, and environmental policy. Before joining forces with international wilderness conservation, her research centered around uncovering when and how public values transform government policy, especially in regards to the world-wide decline of pollinators. Amy is an award-winning NGO leader committed to the defense of a wild, healthy, and democratic world.

Mar 10

Friday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Music

Silver Creek Fiddle Group

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Mar 11

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Eric Ottem and The Fuse

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Mar 17

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Mar 18

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Mar 21

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Get Funded: A funding guide for explorers

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

A presentation by Jeff Blumenfeld based upon the book:

“Get Sponsored: A Funding Guide for Explorers, Adventurers and Would Be World Travelers” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

Jeff Blumenfeld’s presentation covers some of the most historic modern era expeditions and adventures with an eye towards what people can learn from the great explorers, both then and now, about funding their own projects.

The talk, which has been presented at The Explorers Club, The Adventurers Club, and off the coast of Antarctica, includes illustrations of such noteworthy adventures as:

• Ernest Shackleton – rescued his men against all odds
• Norman Vaughan – climbed an Antarctic mountain named after himself – at age 88
• Will Steger – first confirmed dog sled trek to the North Pole – they said it was impossible
• Reid Stowe – achieved history’s longest nonstop sea voyage – 1,152 days; he spent 20 years to raise money
• Paul Schurke – dogsled expedition across Bering Strait – melted the “Ice Curtain” between U.S. and Russia
• Barbara Hillary – went to the North Pole at age 77, then traveled to the South Pole at age 79

Blumenfeld then explains that companies are not there to pay for an explorers’ or adventurers’ vacation. However, if you have a project that is bigger than yourself - a trip with a nobility of purpose - it is possible to generate cash or in-kind (gear) support. His talk is illustrated with over 40 photographs taken all over the world, including a selection from a Nepal expedition that restored sight to dozens of local residents.

Jeff Blumenfeld is editor of Expedition News, a 22-year-old monthly newsletter that covers the adventure marketing business. A resident of Boulder, Colo., he is a Fellow of The Explorers Club, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and member of the American Alpine Club. In January 2010 he was a chaperone on a students educational trip to Antarctica (studentsonice.com). In May 2013, he was communications director for the Dooley Intermed “Gift of Sight” Expedition to Lower Mustang, Nepal. Together with the team, he provided quality eye care to over 700 impoverished villagers.

He has also been a guest speaker on two separate Celebrity cruises which he admits was hardly an expedition, but a sweet gig nonetheless.

Mar 25

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Mar 31

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Apr 1

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Apr 4

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Shocking science "Discoveries" that proved to be wrong

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Roger Linfield presents "Shocking science 'Discoveries' that proved to be wrong", including:

1. Cold fusion (1989)
2. Pulsar in two year old supernova (1989)
3. Polywater (1966)
4. Gravitational wave detection (1969)

Apr 7

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Apr 8

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Apr 15

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Apr 18

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - with Johnny Waldman

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

TBD

Apr 21

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Apr 22

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Dustin Spencer and Friends

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Apr 29

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

May 9

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Chaos & the Mandelbrot Set

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

with Ed Friedman

May 13

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

May 23

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Sharks

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

with Mikki McComb-Kobza

Jun 6

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - TBD

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

with Nico Hernandez

Jun 10

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Jun 20

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - The Siege of Leningrad

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Alyson Daly will discuss the Siege of Leningrad (also known as the 900 Day Siege) during World War 2.

Alyson has degrees in Russian Studies and Linguistics from University of Colorado Boulder. She has studied at Smol'ny Institute in St. Petersburg and is currently writing a book on the events on the eastern front leading up to and during World War 2.

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 18

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

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

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