Back in September, the world learned that the Boston-based beer masters at Samuel Adams were working on an out-of-this-world brew. They obtained hops that traveled to space and planned to turn them into a space-age IPA. Now, the wait is almost over. Sam Adams’ Space Craft beer hits shelves later this month. However, you might be able to get some early.
According to the Samuel Adams website, the Space Craft beer will be a West Coast IPA. I know, I know. But, keep in mind that they want to put their extraordinary hops front and center. There’s no better way to do that than with a good IPA. The website says that the new brew’s flavor profile contains “Firm bitterness with generous tropical notes like grapefruit, guava, and passionfruit,” along with the piney and resiny space hops.
The Space Craft IPA will be in the beer section of grocery stores in select markets starting November 16th. However, they wanted to make the special brew available to a wider range of customers and offer preorders. So, they teamed up with Give Them Beer to offer nationwide delivery. That’s right, you may not be able to go to space, but you can bring a little piece of space home without ever leaving your living room.
If you preorder the SpaceCraft IPA, you’ll get a four-pack of 16 oz cans. Before shipping or any other fees, the brew will cost you $22.33. However, this might be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to drink beer that started in space. So, really, the price justifies itself.
The Origins of the Space Craft Beer
It all started when Jared Isaacman, the head of the company that funded the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission sent out a tweet. He announced that the mission would carry 70 pounds of hops into orbit. He added that they planned to auction the hops to a brewery and donate the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Samuel Adams’ Twitter account jumped on the offer. They loved the idea of beer that had its origins in a spacecraft. Additionally, they were able to make the beer and fund a good cause. No one lost in this deal.
In order to secure the hops to create Space Craft IPA, the beer manufacturer had to pledge to donate $100,000 to St. Jude. This seems like a hefty donation. However, Isaacman intends to raise $200 million to fund pediatric cancer research.
If you can’t get your hands on a few cans of Space Craft IPA, the beer masters at Samuel Adams are offering another way to help their great cause. Their website contains a link to donate to St. Jude. Beer from space sounds awesome. However, helping to fund research that fights childhood cancer is truly out-of-this-world.