Ready to take your drinking experience to infinity and beyond? A craft brewery from Oregon is offering the equivalent of a drinkable jetpack.
Ninkasi Brewing Company launched a program last July with one clear objective: send its ale yeast into orbit, then use the well-traveled culture to create a one-of-a-kind craft beer.
After complications during re-entry following the yeast’s first mission in July 2014, the program attempted a second launch last October from Spaceport America, New Mexico. Six vials of yeast were blasted into outer space aboard rocket SL 9 and traveled an impressive 77.3 miles, undoubtedly absorbing plenty of out-of-this-world influence along the way.
Following its descent back to Earth, the yeast was put to work in an aptly-named brew: Ground Control. The bold Imperial Stout combines local Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs with the interstellar yeast and will be available starting April 13, 2015 for around $20. Moreover, Ninkasi Space Program will now be remembered as the adventurous brewery taking one small step for beer and one giant leap for beerkind.