Astronomy On Tap

Astronomy On Tap

Astronomy on Tap is a nationwide program bringing casual astronomy outreach talks to bars and breweries in cities with astronomy graduate programs. 

Astronomy on Tap Twin Cities was founded in summer 2022 and is run by graduate students at the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (MIfA). Our program typically involves 2-3 short talks on astronomy/astrophysics that are designed for non-physicists to understand, from broad overviews of different topics to students' cutting-edge research. Past talks have included the first images from JWST, early universe cosmology at the South Pole, and gravitational lensing. 

We aim to hold a few events each semester, which are free for the public to attend. You can subscribe to the MIfA outreach mailing list to be notified when we're having our next event.

If you have any questions (or are a bar/brewery that would like to host us sometime! ;) ), you can reach the coordinators at You can find us on Twitter and Facebook as @aottwincities. 


We hold events periodically, so the best way to be notified of our next program is to sign up for our emailing list or follow us on social media. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When are these events?
    Usually weeknights, between 7-9 pm. To be notified when our next event is taking place, sign up for our email list!

  • Who is the intended audience for these events?
    Adults with any amount of astronomy background, from nothing to experts. As these events are held in bars/breweries, they are not suitable for children to attend (and under-18s may not even be allowed in depending on each location's rules).

  • How much does it cost to attend?
    These events are totally free and open to the public, but the bars hosting us would appreciate your patronage while you're there.

  • How can I host an Astronomy at Tap event at my bar/brewery?
    As long as you're within the Twin Cities metropolitan area we'd love to work with you! Send us an email at to set it up.