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As a part of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education mission, we have teamed up with UTEP’s Centennial Museum to bring a new event to the Border Region – Nerd Nights.  Nerd Nights is a series of informative evening events designed to bring fun scientific/humanities talks and activities to your favorite local brewery, restaurant, coffee shop, or any other community hub.  We will host a different Nerd Night at a different local establishment on a monthly basis.

Why Nerd Nights?  We launched Nerd Nights because we wanted to find an entertaining way to learn something new while sharing good food and drink with new friends.


Special Anniversary Nerd Night: Holiday Spirits


Thursday, December 10th @ 6 pm

Cocktail Chemistry Kit   Sun City Distillery Tour Raffle Prizes  |  Silent Auction

Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate the holidays, learn something new, and support your favorite local organizations? We’ve got you covered! Enjoy a sneak peek into the workings of El Paso’s very first distillery. Master distillers, cocktail craftsmen, scientists, and educators will take you on a journey from grain, to yeast, to still, to bottle, to your cocktail glass. Get into the spirit and join us to celebrate the 3-year anniversary of our monthly Insights Nerd Night series with this special edition Nerd Night event.


This special Nerd Night event is proudly supported by El Paso’s very first and only distillery:

 Sun City Distillery

Sun City Distillery is located at 1305 Texas Ave. in the heart of downtown El Paso. Although, the distillery doors just opened in 2020, their distillers have been creating and experimenting with recipes and batches for over seven years. Through many collaborations and experimentation’s they have created a blend of premium spirit selections that El Paso can be proud to call our own. During the Nerd Night virtual distillery tour, we’ll get a chance to visit the Sun City Distillery, rip back the curtains and see what goes into every one of their products.


In addition to a full sized bottle of Sun City Distillery gin, a cocktail chemistry kit is included with your ticket. The distillery offers curbside pick-up of your Nerd Night kit and additional spirits:


About our Speakers:


  • Ryan Carrillo, Xavier Gonzalez, and Miguel Arciniega (Co-owners of the Sun City Distillery)
    • Virtual Distillery tour & demonstration of the distillation process 
  • Dr. Charlie Bamforth (Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California)
    • Yeast Microbiology in the fermentation process
  • Carlie Steiner (Cocktail Guru and Owner of Secco Cocktails)
    • Featured cocktail (Holiday gimlet) making class
  • Bernie Sargent (The Chair of the Board for the Trost Society and King of El Paso History)
    • El Paso prohibition and bootlegging history
  • Dr. Catherine Brewer (Associate Professor at NMSU) & Dr. Stephen Taylor (Adjunct Faculty at NMSU)
    • Liquor Flavor Chemistry & Engineering interactive activity


Where:  Your House via Zoom

Silent Auction – Christmas shopping for a good cause

Just like last year’s special 2-year Nerd Night anniversary celebration, this year’s event will also feature trivia prizes, a raffle, and silent auction. Just in time for Christmas, we’ll have a wide range of gift certificates, wine cases, cocktail packages, kids classes, chocolates and more available for the perfect gift.  This special event supports Insights’ Nerd Night events and other hands-on STEAM educational workshops, summer camps, hiking tours and activity kits.


How to RSVP:

Tickets to Nerd Night: Holiday Spirits

Each ticket includes a cocktail kit with a full-sized bottle of Holiday Spirit!

Nerd Nights unites our community with a celebration of Science & Humanities.


Still have questions about Nerd Nights? Please read our Nerd Night FAQ’s.


Stay tuned for our next Nerd Night

Nerd Night: Wellness


Night Sponsor Hall of Fame


Nerd Night #24 sponsored by:

Wine Attitude is not your usual bar.  They feature great conversation, happy hour, live music, and select only the finest wines from around the world and bring them here for your enjoyment.   Be sure to check out Wine Attitude’s new location on Mesa.


Nerd Night #20 sponsored by:


Nerd Night #18 sponsored by:

Virgin Galactic is a spaceflight company within the Virgin Group at the vanguard of a new industry, pioneering the next generation of reusable space vehicles. Virgin aims to transform the current cost, safety and environmental impact of space-launch.  In doing so they are helping to create a basic space access infrastructure that will act as an enabler for scientists and entrepreneurs.  It will also provide the catalyst for a new age of space exploration which promises enormous positive potential for life on Earth.


Nerd Night # 16 Sponsored by

Thwaites Interdisciplinary Margin Evolution – The TIME group studies the role of shear margin dynamics in the future evolution of Thwaites Drainage Basin.  TIME is an ice-based project using state-of-the-art geophysical techniques to observe rapidly deforming parts of Thwaites Glacier (shear margins) which may have significant control over future stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). The TIME project will observe rapidly deforming parts of Thwaites Glacier which may have significant control over the future evolution of WAIS, and use these new observations to improve ice sheet models used to predict future sea level rise.


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Want to keep Nerd Nights totally free?  We need your help!  Sponsorship from our community of Nerds are what keep these events going strong.  Please let us know if your organization would like to make the next Nerd Night a reality!

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