April 12th marks the anniversary of the first human in space, and these space themed beers will help you celebrate.
On this day in 1961, Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space while aboard the Vostok 1. Even before the first successful mission, the concept of space travel has captured the attention and creativity of people across the globe. As it turns out, craft brewers (and distillers too) are just as inspired by space as the rest of us, and there are plenty of craft beers you can crack open to celebrate with!
Almost every brew made by this Oregon brewery is space themed, the name and logo are inspired by owner John Harris’ love of astronomy. One of their classic, all-time brews is the Starburst IPA, a dry-hopped, 100% Pale malt with notes of citrus fruit and pine. The can mimics a mid-century sci-fi style typography on a black, stary sky background. For wilder cans, check out their Cosmic Collaborations.
Located in the gymnasium of an old church in Northside Cincinnati, Urban Artifact has become a rotating selection of 12 unique brews. One of their most recent, Astronaut Food, features a full 1000lbs of freeze-dried berries per each 1,000 gallon batch. The resulting tart ale is a hefty 15% per 8fl oz. The label features a watercolor space scene on a berry-colored sky.
Found in Somerville, Massachusetts, Aeronaut Brewing aims to share their excitement and enjoyment of adventurous beers. The tea brings a scientific approach to their brewing, but don’t mistake attentiveness with stuffiness – you’re in for the unexpected with all of the Aeronaut brews. Tiny Moons is a rye pale ale that marries earthy spice with aromas of citrus and tangerine.
This “East Coast” style IPA hails from Binghamton, New York. The retro-inspired label pulls from sci-fi themes with its color palette, typography, and star designs. The beer itself is smooth and focus on the flavor and aromas of the hops – Simcoe and Citra – which lend a hint of citrus flavor.
Made from a blend of Galaxy and Nelson-Sauvin hops, this fruity number is 7.3% and a bitterness level of 65ibu. Made in Arizona, the brew features notes of apricot, peaches, and tropical fruit.