Jefferson Lab Electrons Inspire a New Type of Wave Surfing

  • Orange oozlefinch bird with watery waves in background on blue and green, featuring a round electron on a surfboard and an equation

The side of the can sums up the inspiration for this new release: "Summer is the season for surfing the waves - and not just on the water! Jefferson Lab's particle accelerator also plays host to wave surfers - tiny particles called electrons that ride synchronized radiofrequency waves to enable nuclear physics experiments, right here in Hampton Roads, Virginia."

Local microbrewer Oozlefinch Beers & Blending plans to release their third seasonal beer inspired by Jefferson Lab research

Jefferson Lab is pleased to share that local microbrewer Oozlefinch Beers & Blending plans to release their third science-inspired seasonal beer to the general public later this summer. Wave Surfer is a nod to a favorite summer pastime, while also eliciting a visual of how electrons move through Jefferson Lab’s Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility.

The label sums it up well, even showing the math behind how electric fields create an accelerating force on the electrons that surf through CEBAF.
The latest release in the Jefferson Lab-inspired series is a grapefruit and rosemary radler. According to the brewer, a radler tends to be a bit more beer forward and have a bit higher alcohol by volume than its close cousin, a shandy. Wave Surfer will be a bit different, as the base is a berliner weisse sour ale with the addition of an equal amount of grapefruit juice that has been steeped with rosemary. 

Wave Surfer is the third Jefferson Lab-inspired beer in the seasonal series developed by Oozlefinch. Strangely Charmed, a hazy IPA, and 2 Kelvin Lager, an unfiltered pilsner, were released earlier this year. Wave Surfer will be available for sale to the general public later this summer through Oozlefinch. As always, if you choose to give Wave Surfer a try for yourself in the name of research, please enjoy your beverage responsibly.

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Article has been updated with unspecified release date.


Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

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