Just nine months after Ninkasi Brewing Co.sent yeast up into space and used it to brew Ground Control, a new barrel-aged version will be released next month.
According to Ali Aasum, communications director at Ninkasi, the Eugene, Ore.-based brewery will be releasing Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ground Control, a 10 percent ABV imperial stout that is brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs before being aged in Old Forrester bourbon barrels. Like the base beer Ground Control (10 percent ABV), the new release will also incorporate 2-row pale, black, chocolate, Munich, crystal, honey, special roast and peated malts, along with apollo, bravo and comet hops.
Although it took two different tries, both beers are brewed with ale yeast that was sent more than 77 miles into space in Oct. 2014 before returning to earth and being transported back to the brewery.
Ninkasi released a version of Ground Control aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels for two months in Nov. 2015, but it was only available on draft.
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ground Control will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and will be available across Ninkasi’s entire distribution footprint starting on April 12.
Update (Jan. 19, 2015) — This post was updated to include details on the release date and information on the brand of bourbon barrels the beer will be aged in. It was originally published on Jan. 19, 2015.
Update (March 30, 2016) — This post was updated to include a specific release date.