Ninkasi Space Beer Dinner

OCT 5 | 6PM (Doors open @ 5:45PM)

Foodies and beer lovers, join us during World Space Week for another delicious dinner featuring Ninkasi’s second-edition of Ground Control, their bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout that was fermented with space-traveled yeast.


Enjoy a beer-pairing dinner created by Bon Appetit’s Executive Chef, Kit Zhu and hear from two Ninkasi experts, Ben Prescott, a Certified Cicerone and Ali Aasum, Communications Director.


The evening will begin with a space lecture followed by a 3-course dinner paired with Ninkasi beers. The grand finale with be dessert served with the exclusive space beer, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ground Control.


Event Schedule:

5:45PM: Doors Open

6:00PM: Lecture: Our New Next Door Neighbor: The Discovery of a New Planet Orbiting Proxima Centauri with Ralph Shuping, Research Director at the Space Science Institute, Adjunct Professor at Lewis and Clark

6:30PM: Dinner is served


Tickets are $60pp and include dinner, refreshements & gratuity. If the event is not sold out, we will continue to sell tickets thru tomorrow at 4pm. Advance ticket purchases are required, no tickets will be sold at the door due to food ordering processes. No refunds less than 24 hours prior to the event.


This event is 21 and over only. Valid ID required.



  • Amouse Bouche: Beet tartare with goat cheese, balsamic reduction and chives
  • Appetizer: Padrons with anchovies and lemon
  • Salad: Mixed greens & frisee salad with shaved fennel and honey-lemon vinaigrette
  • Dinner: Porchetta with sage & lemon, red kuri squash, roasted Brussel sprouts
  • Desert: Swedish apple pie with sticky toffee sauce




n 2014, Ninkasi Brewing Company, an independent craft brewery based in Eugene, Oregon, embarked on a journey that took its beer to new heights—77.3 miles above Earth to be exact. The Ninkasi Space Program (NSP), was an initiative with one goal in mind: send brewer’s yeast to space, return it to Earth to brew delicious beer. In October 2014, Ninkasi sent six vials of brewer’s yeast to space aboard a rocket launched from Spaceport America and later, released its first “space beer” in 2015, Ground Control. This year, the beer returns with its sequel—Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ground Control. Brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs, this Imperial Stout is fermented with an Ale yeast that survived a trip to space, barrel-aged for four months and blended.


In partnership with the Civilian Space eXploration Team (CSXT), the first amateur rocketeer group to successfully launch a rocket to space in 2004, the team will do it again, 10 years later, and carrying a payload of 16 strains of brewer’s yeast above Earth’s atmosphere. To read how it all happened and to keep updated on the NSP visit