Beer that`s been to space and back

The Eugene, Oregon-based brewery founded the Ninkasi Space Program in 2014. Its goal was to send a payload of brewer’s yeast into space and bring it back to earth for mankind to enjoy.

Why? Because it could.

The result was Ground Control: an imperial stout brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs — and fermented with some very well-traveled yeast.

“This is all about exploring the future of brewing,” said Ninkasi co-founder Jamie Floyd in a statement. “While [amateur rocket] groups are working to push the boundaries of access to space, we are hoping that our missions will help propel the brewing industry forward.”


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