Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Beer Microscopy Project

Long nights, sitting at the microscope, slide after slide…….don’t you just wish you had a beer? Slurp slurp. Ahhhh, thats better. Wait, I wonder what *beer* would look like under the microscope! Let’s try it!

I think thats what someone at Florida State thought when they decided to start this project, Molecular Expressions: The Beershots Photo Gallery, which has digital images of bunches of famous beers from around the world.

Chinese beer Tsingtao:

Pilsner Urquel:



You can buy prints, posters, and even a book. No money? There’s a free screen saver. And if beer ain’t your bag, baby, there’s a whole other project for cocktails.

Find out how they did it here.

(HT: Jen)


  1. #1 steve
    January 30, 2007

    thats f’n awesome!

  2. #2 Orac
    January 30, 2007

    Now that‘s some science I can appreciate!

  3. #3 Scott Simmons
    January 30, 2007

    I have a tie with a print of a microscopic photograph of red wine. Very handsome, and nobody ever recognizes what it is until I tell them.

  4. #4 xenophobic
    January 30, 2007

    Now I have to have a Guinness!

  5. #5 Chemgeek
    February 3, 2007

    And I spent all my Friday nights in lab drinking my beer instead of looking at it under a microscope. I’m such a loser.
    Beer is beautiful.

  6. #6 frank
    April 13, 2009

    Very cool photomicrographs. It’s always nice to se crossed polars and first order red plate used. I like to melt organic chemical and run them into melted Thymol. The thymol supercools and lowers the contrast between the organic crystal front (as compared to air) You can get come very need images

    you rock……

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