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Cosmosphere craft beer: House museum set to launch ‘House Race’ IPA


January 19, 2022

— For 60 years, the Cosmosphere has been a pacesetter within the presentation and preservation of house exploration historical past. From its dynamic displays to its assortment of recovered and restored house artifacts, the Hutchinson, Kansas establishment has had every little thing you’d need and anticipate from a world-class museum.

Every part, that’s, besides its personal beer.

“As I’ve had the chance to journey to numerous museums. I’ve seen that some which have partnered with native craft breweries on making a beer,” stated Jim Remar, president and chief govt officer of the Cosmosphere, in an interview with collectSPACE. “So I type of had beer envy.”

Enter “House Race,” a brand new Hazy IPA crafted by Hutchinson-based Salt Metropolis Brewing Co. in partnership with the Cosmosphere Worldwide Sci-Ed Middle and House Museum to have a good time the historical past and way forward for house exploration.

“From the outer reaches of the universe, lovers of beer and house come to Hutchinson, Kansas. Their quest: the perfect Hazy IPA and the perfect house museum within the Heartland,” Salt Metropolis Brewing wrote on its web site introducing House Race.


Described as an “off-planet expertise on your palate,” House Race is brewed utilizing a particular mix of hops to “create a clean, intense blast of tropical flavors.” A double dose of dry hops “simply earlier than launch sends the aroma into the next orbit.”

Remar wished a beer that might seize the idea of the house race — the Chilly Conflict competitors that pitted the USA and Soviet Union in a race to the moon — however, extra importantly, tied into one thing distinctive within the beer business.

“That is when Steven Petermann [Salt City’s owner] had the thought of utilizing Galaxy and Mosaic hops within the beer, to type of tie the house theme collectively,” stated Remar. “We selected the Hazy IPA as a result of it’s well-liked and it isn’t actually seasonal. You possibly can drink it yr spherical.”

The House Race label, which was developed with the assistance of Howerton+White, an promoting and advertising company in Wichita, includes a rocket launching atop a plume that resembles the cone-shaped flowers, or hops, that give beer its taste. The label additionally contains house historical past trivia, from the scale and weight of the world’s first satellite tv for pc to the anticipated longevity of the Apollo astronauts’ bootprints.

A line of similarly-styled merchandise presents the identical art work on t-shirts, hats and glass tumblers. A portion of the proceeds from the beer and the merchandise will go to supporting the Cosmosphere and its applications.

“We talked about it internally and assume that the proceeds going in direction of our camp scholarship fund could be the perfect use,” stated Remar.

Salt Metropolis Brewing is presently solely licensed to distribute its beers in Kansas, so for now, House Race is simply be obtainable by way of the brewery’s faucet room after which via numerous liquor shops and distributors throughout the state. On Monday (Jan. 24), the Cosmosphere is internet hosting a launch occasion for its members and donors, mates of the brewery and retailer homeowners to get their first style of House Race Hazy IPA.

The beer shouldn’t be supposed as a restricted version, although.

“We anticipate that this can be a long run partnership and run,” Remar stated. “If it grows in reputation and if Salt Metropolis’s different labels develop in reputation, I might anticipate that the brewmaster would take a look at increasing his attain. Now we have talked to him about doing restricted runs honoring anniversaries and or particular occasions right here on the Cosmosphere.”

That would embody the Cosmosphere’s personal sixtieth anniversary gala, scheduled for early December, when astronauts and others who took half in the true house race are anticipated to be on the museum.

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