Beer with a Scientist–a series of casual seminars designed to share scientific knowledge with interested amateurs–is beginning a new series of sessions at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St.

Begun late last year by a group calling itself Louisville Underground Science, the goal is to “disseminate all things science to the general public of Louisville,” according the to group’s Facebok page. Sam Cruz, co-owner of the brewery, located at Louisville Slugger Field, said, “The goal is to get people in the know.”  After the main talk, “the audience can ask questions. There’s no need to be intimidated.”

Levi Beverly, a cancer researcher affiliated with the University of Louisville and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, picked up the idea in New York, where he previously lived and encountered a similar program.

The local series takes place roughly once a month, drawing good crowds to learn about a wide variety of topics, such as star formation, stem cells, aging, the Ebola virus or the most recent topic, “The Evolution of Goodness and Justice: Why Does it Pay to Be Nice?”

The next talk is scheduled for Feb. 18. For more information about future talks, check out “Louisville Underground Science” ‘s Facebook page.  The evenings are free of charge, and no one is required to buy food or drink, but surely you would want to.