New Craft Beer Trail Celebrates NASA’s Next Trip to the Moon

by Madison Miller

NASA is looking ahead to 2024 for an important mission. The Artemis Program, which is launching later this year, will look to take people to the moon in just a few short years. This includes the first woman and the first person of color to be on the moon.

It’s a massive project for NASA and people are looking for a way to celebrate. Honestly, what better way exists than to create a craft beer trail.

Huntsville, Alabama seems to understand the assignment. After learning about the Artemis Program, those in Downtown Huntsville wanted to celebrate.

“[We] are excited to promote the Artemis 1 mission, which is launching later this year. It’s super exciting for NASA and we want to celebrate it here in Huntsville,” Downtown Huntsville, Inc. Communications Coordinator Alyssa Lee said to WHNT News.

Breweries Involved in the Artemis Craft Beer Trail.

There are currently 10 different breweries that will be debuting special beers to celebrate the NASA Artemis Program. Some of the breweries include Below the Radar Brewhouse, Mad Malts Brewing, Salty Nut Brewery, Fractal Brewing, Yellowhammer Brewing, and Rocket Republic Brewery.

The goal of this craft beer trail is to have a new and fresh beer every week through the month of January. Below the Radar will be first and Dan Sherfey is the head brewer there. He shared with the news outlet what the plans are for the Artemis Craft Beer Trail.

He said he made a barley wine and a German lager for the special event. Sherfey has made it clear both will have some pretty awesome and relevant names but is keeping those undercover until the beer comes out on October 18.

It’s not a bar hop in any way. Rather, each of these breweries gets a whole week to shine as the Artemis Trail’s feature beer of the week. If you’re in the Huntsville area, you can keep a close eye on the updates on Facebook for where to go each week.

More on the Artemis Program

So, what else is there to know about the upcoming NASA Artemis Program?

The overall goal of the program is to place different astronauts on the lunar surface in order to get a better understanding of what happens on the surface of the moon.

According to, the upcoming endeavors have long been talked about. They were renamed to what they are today by Jim Bridenstine, the space agency’s administrator.

The name is meant to represent the program’s goals of inclusion and diversity. “I have a daughter who is 11 years old, and I want her to be able to see herself in the same role as the next women [who] go to the moon see themselves in today,” Bridenstine said at the time.

There are several other missions related to Artemis. One of which is the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, which creates a human presence in space as well as an area for scientific experiments. There are also some other goals related to businesses and profit.