SOLD OUT - Ninkasi Space Beer Dinner

NOV 7, 2017 | 6PM (Doors open @ 5:45PM)



NOV 7, 2017 @ 6PM


Foodies and beer lovers, join us for the release of Ninkasi’s third-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 Ninkasi experts.


The evening will begin with a science demo, 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: Science Demo

6:30PM: Dinner is served


Tickets are $60pp (OMSI members get a 15% discount) and include dinner, refreshments & gratuity. 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.


Question? Call 503.797.4529 or



  • Appetizer: Mixed mushroom crostini, lemon mascarpone, balsamic reduction
    • Beer: Helles Belles Lager
  • 1st course: Mizuna Garden Greens, beets, shaved fennel, pomegranate, lemon vinaigrette and truffle powder
    • Beer: Pacific Rain Pale Ale
  • 2nd course: Espresso and wine braised short ribs, creamy soft polenta, grilled rapini with lemon
    • Vegetarian Entrée: Roasted kobocha squash, sunchoke puree, garlic Brussel sprouts and sautéed mushrooms (If you would like the vegetarian option, please email us and let us know.
    • Beer: Sleigh’r Winter Ale
  • 3rd course: Dessert: Pear chocolate pie with espresso caramel sauce and cream Chantilly
    • Beer: Ground Control Stout



In 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