Samuel Adams, the Boston-based brewery, announced it launched hops to make 'Space Craft' beer aboard SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission that sent the world's first all-civilian crew on a three-day journey around Earth in mid-September. The Inspiration4 crew dedicated their adventure to fundraise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Shift4 Payments founder Jared Isaacman, St. Jude Physician Assistant Hayley Arceneaux, Geoscience Professor/Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor, and U.S. Air Force veteran/Lockheed Martin Data Engineer Chris Sembroski, took dozens of items along for the ride aboard Crew Dragon Resilience that are now being auctioned to benefit the children's hospital. Read more: Inspiration4 Crew Share Reaction To Seeing Earth Out Of SpaceX Crew Dragon Cupola For The First Time [VIDEO]
View of an orbital sunset from Dragon's cupola pic.twitter.com/Fl1fLrXD9o— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 18, 2021
Samuel Adams donated $100,000 USD to St. Jude and launched 66 pounds (lbs) of hops with the crew to make beer with 'out-of-this-world' ingredients. The hops used to brew Space Craft IPA beer experienced microgravity while orbiting Earth at an altitude of 585 kilometers, higher than the International Space Station. "Space Craft is one giant hop-forward beer. The orbited hops propel the profile. Firm bitterness, with generous tropical notes like grapefruit, guava, and passionfruit co-pilot with piney and resiny hop aromas," the company said. "[...] The 66 lbs of Citra and Mosiac orbited hops that returned, landed right in this stellar west coast style IPA [India Pale Ale]."
On October 29, the brewery announced that the limited edition beer is available for pre-order via the company's official website, a four pack costs $22.33 USD. The price was selected based on how much time the hops spent in outer space - 2 days, 23 hours and 3 minutes. According to the website, the beer will be released nationwide this month and available for pick-up at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston starting November 16. They are also utilizing 'Give Them Beer' delivery services for direct home delivery.
SPACE CRAFT is ready for Pre-Sale! Made with Orbited Hops from @Inspiration4 first-ever all-civilian space mission, this west-coast style #IPA is full of generous tropical notes and piney, resiny hops aromas. Pre-sale today and launching nationwide 11/16. https://t.co/L9tEjSaOYd pic.twitter.com/aJyIWFj4ME— Samuel Adams Beer (@SamuelAdamsBeer) October 29, 2021
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