One Oregon brewery is taking beer to the next level... literally!

Craft brewery Ninkasi is releasing a limited edition Imperial Stout that was brewed using brewer's yeast that spent time 77 miles above the earth's surface. It took 2 different trips into space to gather the yeast needed to brew this one-of-a-kind beer.

Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi CEO and co-founder, said in a statement:

After almost two years of research, development, lab time, and two separate rocket launches to garner space yeast, we have finally completed our mission. It was a project born out of passionate people coming together to try something new and we can’t wait to share it with the world.

Only 55 barrels of "Ground Control" were brewed, and will be released on April 13th. This is the first time that an alcoholic beverage, with ingredients that have been to space and back, has been made available to the general public.

Back in 2008 and 2009, Sapporo brewed 2 batches of it's beer using "space barley" but only sold 300 bottles to lottery winners at $19 a bottle. In 2012, Scotch maker Ardbeg sent some of it's whiskey to space, spending 2 years aging on the ISS. It has returned to Earth safely, but they have yet to release any of it.

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