Sometime next week, an Oregon beer maker will try to answer one of life’s most important questions: Is it possible to brew space beer? As part of its experiment in extraterrestrial brewing, the Ninkasi Brewing Company—with the aid of a few rocketeers—will launch into outer space a rocket packed with brewer’s yeast. If it withstands the harsh journey and returns usable, success! Delicious suds with a supersonic pedigree.
“If we pull this off, it’s going to be awesome,” says Jamie Floyd, president of the Eugene-based brewery.
Floyd insists that it wasn’t the hops talking when he and the Ninkasi crew hatched what they are calling their “ space program ” about a year ago. A buddy had introduced them to a band of rocket enthusiasts called the Civilian Space eXploration Team , which successfully sends spacecraft into the cosmos. The pairing of beer nerds with rocket geeks was a no-brainer, and the groups decided to collaborate. “My partner and I were completely stoked,” says Floyd.
In its giant step for beerkind, Ninkasi and CSXT say they will blast 16 strains of brewer’s yeast beyond Earth’s atmosphere and track the payload as it returns to terra firma. Upon touchdown at the location, which remains undisclosed, an […]