Ninkasi Brewing - Ground Control Imperial Stout
ABV: 10%, IBU: 80
As one of the fastest growing breweries in the West, Ninkasi has created the first beer crafted with yeast grown in zero gravity! Yes - Ninkasi actually launched a rocket with a payload of yeast into Earth's atmosphere, and now you can taste the final creation that has orbited over our planet! Is this beer really out of this world? You'll have to drink it to decide for yourself, but this is the best imperial stout we can remember tasting, and the perfect addition to any collection with the ability to age and improve for many years to come.
Brewery Description: Ninkasi decided the sky was not the limit. One year, two rockets and countless lab hours later, they successfully launched a payload of brewer’s yeast into outer space with the help of rocket scientists. After a much awaited return to Earth, the mission of creating space beer is now complete. Ground Control boldly combines local and out-of-this-world ingredients. This rich, complex Imperial Stout is brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs, and fermented with an Ale yeast that survived a trip to space and back. Mankind will enjoy the sweet finesse of this beer that only fares better with time.Being fortunate enough to be at the Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism in April '15 to taste the first tapped kegs, this beer has an otherwordly smooth feel and dark, rich but hoppy taste. To truly appreciate the amount of effort and experimentation put into this one-of-a-king craft beer, you've got to check out the making of Ground Control video (the theme song is great);