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Would you pay $20 for 'space beer?'

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You've heard about the $1,000 Mint Julep. What about a $20 space beer? You've heard about the $1,000 Mint Julep. What about a $20 space beer?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You've heard about the $1,000 Mint Julep. What about a $20 space beer?

When it comes to beer, the sky is not the limit -- at least not for Oregon-based Ninkasi Brewing Company.

The brewery has tried for years to brew a beer made with space yeast. Now, it's "mission accomplished." Called "Ground Control," it's the first beer that's brewed from yeast sent 77 miles above Earth's surface -- to space and back again -- but it only comes after some trial and error.

"First launch was successful in that we got it up and it came back, but there was some new tracking devices being tested that didn't work out at launch, so it took them 27 days to find the rocket," said Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing Company. "It was 108 degrees that day and, so, 27 days in the desert did not make for the yeast to survive."

It cost Ninkasi about $80,000 of their own money put toward the two rockets.

The beer will retail for $20. For now, it's only available in the Pacific Northwest.

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