Ninkasi Brewing Launches the Ninkasi Space Program
Always known for pushing the envelope with their brewing, Ninkasi Brewing will now launch an entirely new venture that will take them out of this world. Ninkasi is now partnering with the amateur rocketeer group CSXT (Civilian Space eXploration Team) and will be sending 16 strains of brewer’s yeast up into space. The goal is that the yeast returns to Earth healthy and ready to brew a beer with.
This new project is aptly called the Ninkasi Space Program or NSP for short. Partnering with the CSXT, the first amateur rocketeer group to successfully launch a rocket to space in 2004, the team will do it again, 10 years later, and carrying a payload of 16 strains of brewer’s yeast above Earth’s atmosphere. This flight into space will take place this month with their launch into space. This will be the first test to determine the viability of beer in outer space.
“NSP is a very serendipitous project,” explains Nikos Ridge, CEO and co-founder of Ninkasi. “I don’t think you could have planned a more perfect pairing of beer and space geekery.”
Introduced through a mutual friend, Ridge met with Bruce Lee, of CSXT, at an amateur rocket launch competition in 2013 […]