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The Final Frontier for Craft Beer

The Final Frontier for Craft Beer

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 […]

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Ninkasi Brewing Launches the Ninkasi Space Program

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 […]