Space Beer: Barley Go Where No Brew Has Gone Before
Every little boy responds with a glamorous job title when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Firefighter, cowboy, race car driver – or astronaut. I was no exception, and when I got a little older, I still wanted to be an astronaut. But this was in the days when the only men who left the surly bonds of Earth were reckless test pilots and jet jockeys culled from the ranks of the United States Air Force. My Coke-bottle glasses and tendency toward carsickness pretty much eliminated “astronaut” from my career aspirations once I realized this.
Instead, eventually, I ended up as a journalist, and now a beer writer. My dreams of soaring above the Big Blue Marble to touch the heavens have been dashed.
Or have they?
An Australian pub tour operator is now taking reservations for the world’s loftiest beer-drinking experience – a chance to sample the first beer brewed specifically for zero gravity.
Granted, there are still a lot of details to be worked out, but the Thirsty Swagman company is serious about pulling this off sometime in 2012 or 2013.
The beer is ready. It was developed and tested last year by Australia’s 4 Pines Brewing Company and Saber Aeronautics Australia. Vostok 4 Pines Stout Space Beer is described as ” a recipe designed to be consumed in low gravity,” aimed at an anticipated space tourism market.
The beer is not a gimmick. The companies spent a lot of money and conducted a lot of research into adjusting the carbonation and ingredients for zero-gravity conditions, and held tests aboard a modified 727 that conducted parabolic arcs (known in the astronaut biz as the “Vomit Comet”) in the skies above Florida.
Here’s what Thirsty Swagman has to say about the proposed flight on its BeerinSpace.com website:
Beer in Space tour (coming 2012 / 2013)
It’s the nectar of the gods, and now you can touch the heavens to drink it. Never in the history of humanity has such a giant leap been made possible. To drink a beer in space.
At 300,000 feet in zero gravity, you’ll see the world through the bottom of your glass.
- Travel to the edge of the atmosphere at over 3 times the speed of sound
- Go down in history as the first humans ever to consume beer in space
- After-event party with the Thirsty Swagman crew
Thirsty Swagman now takes you not just on the coolest party tours on planet earth, but into space for the ultimate travel experience. The trip of a lifetime… the pinnacle of adventure.
You’ll be amongst the first human beings to take part in the next frontier of space exploration, and go where no man (or woman) has gone before.
You’ll pass through the Kármán line, the official height of space at 100 kilometers / 62 miles altitude where you’ll be weightless for 5–10 minutes, with a view that will simply take your breath away.
The beer you’ll drink has been specifically brewed for consumption in space, and is officially certified as space beer.
It’s one small thirst for man, one giant first for mankind.
I would like the folks at Thirsty Swagman to know that I, Gerard Walen, editor of the earthbound website Road Trips for Beer, volunteers to represent the media on that first beer-tasting flight, if you would host me.
That, unfortunately, is the only way it seems that I’ll be able to participate. The cost currently is $95,000 to put my butt in one of those seats on the initial flight.
But a boy can dream … .
(Psst! Here’s my contact info).