Bits – Crystal Microscopy of Beer

In ALL, BITS by Alex Pedersen

Have you ever wondered what your beer looks like under the microscope? Scientist Michael W. Davidson did:

“In the 1990s scientist Michael W. Davidson pioneered new techniques in his laboratory at Florida State University (FSU) for photographing alcoholic beverages under a polarized light. The work was an extension of his expertise in crystallization and microscopy. The resulting images presented beautiful abstract renderings and were first offered as a popular necktie collection. Nearly a decade later entrepreneur Lester Hutt happened across Davidson’s spectacular image collection and decided to found BevShots in order to bring this unique mash-up of art and science to the masses.” – BevShots

Here is a collection of their crystal microscopy below:

German Light Lager

BevShotsCanadian Ice Lager

BevShotsChinese Lager

BevShotsGinger Beer

BevShotsNear Beer

BevShotsGerman Pilsner

BevShotsAmerican Pale Ale

BevShotsJamaican Lager

BevShotsSt. Louis Light Lager

BevShotsFrench Pale Lager


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Alex Pedersen

Alex is a critical scholar and social scientist. During her degrees, Alex recognized a dearth of knowledge transfer between the academy and the general public. To address this gap, she extends her empirical research through multiple mediums including: publications, formal lectures, public speaking events, radio, theatre and photography. In diversifying access to her research, Alex honed a unique set of skills to plan, design and produce events for a wide variety of audiences. To date, she was responsible for several successful lecture series, community events and fundraisers across diverse settings. Most notably, Alex organized and implemented the 2015 Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship and was an advisor for the “Free Queen’s” Steering Committee (an initiative encouraging graduates to bring their work to the wider public). In addition, she has written numerous successful grant applications. An activist at heart, Alex advocates for critical thinking in and beyond academic institutions.