Photo by NIAID.
Photo by NIAID.

People in America are scared poopless of Ebola, the deadly virus that is currently in its largest breakout in history — in West Africa, at least.

But a handful of cases have made their way to U.S. shores, and therefore panic ensues. So, should we be working feverishly on a vaccine? Holing up in our underground bunkers that previously were being reserved for the Zombie Apocalypse?

Separating the science from the sensational is what’s on tap for the November Beer with a Scientist program, “Ebola! — What is it, How is it Treated and Should We be Worried?” It happens Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse.

Doesn't beer kill ebola?
Doesn’t beer kill ebola?

Jeremy Camp and Rachael Gerlach of University of Louisville’s Microbiology and Immunology laboratory will speak to the topic while attendees drink beer.

Camp and Gerlach know what they’re talking about, too: The research from the lab examines highly pathogenic RNA viruses — those capable of causing disease — including investigations of hantaviruses, influenza viruses, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus known as SARS-CoV and retroviruses.

The Beer with a Scientist program is now in its seventh month and is the brainchild of U of L cancer researcher Levi Beverly, Ph.D. Once a month, regular folks from all walks of life are invited to Louisville’s Against the Grain brewpub for exactly what the title promises: beer and science.

“We lose sight of the fact that most people have never even met a Ph.D., never talked to one,” Beverly said. “(However) whenever I go someplace, if I strike up a conversation at a bar and I tell someone what I do for a living, they always have questions. It leads to a whole conversation.”

Admission is free and the program starts at 8 p.m. Against the Grain is located at 401 E. Main St. Hazmat suits are optional (Against the Grain runs a clean brewery).

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Kevin Gibson
Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies. Email Kevin at [email protected]