Beer is very delicious and space is very awesome, so combining them is, therefore, a deliciously awesome idea.
To celebrate the fall equinox, the Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery has released what they call “Celest-jewel ale.” It’s beer, but brewed with real lunar meteorites! Thus, it’s space beer.
The brewery acquired the meteorites with the help of nearby ILC Dover, a company that creates space suits for NASA. The brewers crushed the meteorites into dust and steeped them — kind of like tea — in a rich, malty Oktoberfest. And, get this: adding the cosmic ingredient doesn’t just make the beer awesome in theory, it actually enhances the quality. Dogfish Head explains in a blog post:
These certified moon jewels are made up primarily of minerals and salts, helping the yeast-induced fermentation process and lending this traditional German style a subtle but complex earthiness. (Or is it mooniness?)
The brewers also threw in German malts and hops, along with the house “Doggie yeast,” producing a beer with “notes of doughy malt, toasted bread, subtle caramel and a light herbal bitterness.” Unfortunately, though, Celest-jewel-ale is only being served at Dogfish Head’s brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Then again, it’s space beer. It’s probably worth the road trip.