Hot on the heels of Elon Musk sending a Tesla into space is another craft brewery with galactic goals. Oregon’s Bridgeport Brewing recently sent their original IPA to the stars.
Lying just above the troposphere (where the planet’s clouds and weather generate) is the stratosphere. At the equator, the stratosphere begins around 60,000 feet, or roughly 11 miles up. Would you call the stratosphere actual “space”? NASA, which was formed in 1958, has loosely stated space begins above the Earth’s lower atmosphere (troposphere). The U.S. state department hasn’t made anything official either, just some guidelines.
Felix Baumgartner’s epic record-breaking balloon jump in 2012 was 24 miles up from the upper level of the stratosphere. (Side fact, he hit a top speed of 843.6 mph on that jump, aka Mach 1.25.)
Basically, if you’re in the stratosphere, it’s fair to start saying you are in space. Even if it’s just the beginning of space.
Celebrating the 22nd anniversary of Bridgeport’s Original IPA, the brewery sent three bottles soaring 22 miles high in the sky in south Texas. The IPA hit the stratosphere and landed just 55 miles away from the “launch” pad.
You might be wondering – Why? Simple. It’s something freaking cool to do. Bridgeport has been brewing India pale ale longer that most breweries out there, and they wanted to celebrate with something more than a cake. We’d send something to space in a heartbeat if we had the budget for it.
The most impressive part of this little endeavor is that none of the beers were broken. Remember that egg drop experiment where you had to protect your egg from a rooftop drop?
I bet these guys won every time.
Bridgeport Cream Ale joins the Portland, Oregon based brewery’s year-round lineup this month.
For a while now, BridgePort has been testing lighter beer recipes. The end result is the cream ale you see above, brewed tie Nugget, Mosaic and Meridian hops.
“In the recipe, we used three hop varietals including Nugget and Meridian. We then used Yakima Valley Mosaic hops, added in the hopjack to create notes of tropical fruit and sweet grape. Locally, this beer has been a big hit with our fans and we’re excited to see what everyone else thinks as well. Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton”
Bridgeport Cream Ale is available in 12 and 22 ounce bottles and draft. Nationally by June, 2016.
Style: Cream Ale
Hops: Nugget, Mosaic, Meridian
Malts: Great Western 2-row Palem Malted Wheat, Flaked Oats
Availability: 12oz, 22oz Bottles, Draft. Year-round
Debut: Late May, 2016
Bridgeport Stumptown Tart 2015 will feature raspberries as the berry of choice. Each year, Bridgeport hand selects local berries that will highlight their Belgian-style ale, along with a new pin-up model.
The 2014 edition of Stumptown Tart used cranberries and blueberries.
Bridgeport Stumptown Tart 2015 is available seasonally, in 22oz bombers.
When Bridgeport Brewing’s Stumptown Tart hits shelves, you know warmer weather is on the way. The beer uses fresh fruits to give you a crisp, beer that helps you leave the winter blues behind.
A sneek peek before the official brewery announcement – the year’s edition uses Oregon grown cranberries and blueberries.
She’s back and bringing a brand new flavor. Crisp and always refreshing, this year’s Stumptown Tart combines the perfect balance of Oregon blueberries and cranberries with a big Belgian-style brew.
Bridgeport Stumptown Tart is available seasonally, in 22oz bombers.
The newest creation from Bridgeport Brewing (Portland, OR) is now available. Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stoutcombines two flavors meant to be together – chocolate and cherries. The beer is brewed with a ton of roasted malts, cocoa nibs, and 15 pounds of sweet cherries. In the end, the beer is aged on more cocoa and cherries.
Availability: 22oz bombers. All Bridgeport markets
7.5% ABV, 35 IBUs
This spring Bridgeport Brewing will bring out something new – a full-bodied hoppy ale using rye malt and whole leaf hops aptly named Smooth Ryed.
“This recipe creates a smooth, solid base for a big load of hop aroma from Oregon Centennial hops. We source the malts from Great Western Malting just across the river in Vancouver and the hops from good friends at two local farms about 35 miles south of Portland,” commented brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton. “We use only Centennials in the hopjack so that the consumer will get the wonderful full flavor and aroma that only those hops have.”Smooth Ryed will be available in all states where BridgePort is distributed starting in late December and early January.
Style: Rye Beer
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: January, 2013