Read on to look out through A Small viewing window into the history of Vostok. with zero-g bottle production and space tourism in the mix quite impressive no?
MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010
4-Pines Brewing Company hosts a Yuri’s Night party as part of the world-wide celebration of Yuri Gagarin as the first person in space.
TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010
4-Pines Brewing Company and Saber Astronautics sign papers and do boring legal stuff. Then we drank beer.
SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010
First batch of 500 cases of Stout are bottled. Four small 5-kg kegs are prepped for experimentation.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
Astronauts4Hire (A4H) was selected from a short-list of over 50 applicants to be the in-flight beer taster and 0-g researcher.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2010
Drop Tower tests complete. Small samples of beer (droplets) were dropped off the QUT 23-m drop tower to characterise several of Vostok’s physical and chemical responses to 0-g. Also, the FAA grants special permission to serve the beer on the commercial flight.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010
A4H flight tester completes baselining and rehearsal for the flight. “Baselining” allowed us to take measurements of his body’s normal terrestrial responses to drinking as well as practice all the coordination tasks required for flight.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010
Test attempt cancelled due to weather. Rescheduled for 26 February.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011
MICROGRAVITY TEST COMPLETE. Carbonation level is GOOD, so we’re keeping the recipe as is.
This hits two milestones. It was humanity’s first look at alcohol effects in 0-g. It is also the first beer in aviation history served on a commercial 0-g flight.
TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011
Incredible time at Yuri’s Night at the 4-Pines Brewery. We were joined by 60 screaming happy space fans, beer fans, and a VIP visit from the Russian Consulate. Lots of Russian Standard Vodka and bottles of Vostok. Extra special thanks to American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics for supplying the door prizes! The University of Sydney’s Astrophysics department won the best costume award.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011
We are now at Dan Murphy’s, selling AUSTRALIA WIDE, in addition to a growing list of local pubs on our customer page. Now go forth and support your space program! (ask for “4-Pines Stout”)
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011
A great story featured on ABC Catalyst. We’ve also been picked up by JayGrey, a media firm whose other customers include Bayer and SaraLee.
MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011
Picked up our second national distributor, Vintage Cellars. Also started planning flight #2!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
Set the R&D plan for the Space Beer Bottle. With a literature review, concept to full spec design, engineering, and test phases, it’s like making a fuel tank for your brew.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012
Welcome to the new 4-Pines sales staff! Ten hearty space beer aficionados who have the enviable task of sharing our Vostok around Australia.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012
Absolute smash at YURI’s NIGHT 2012. We had about 50-people at the Manly Theater dressed to fly, drinking Space Stouts. In attendance were beer journalists, space enthusiasts, beer enthusiasts, and the locals. Jaron (4-Pines) gave a talk on the future of beer relating Vostok to the history of the India Pale Ale. Jay (JayGray) showed his latest creative works, and Jason (Saber Astro) presented the science behind the beer and the bottle.
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012
GOLD MEDAL at the Australian International Beer Awards. Vostok “4-Pines” Stout is now officially the #1 Stout in Australia. They say it’s the 2nd largest beer competition in the world. The competition’s global reputation includes some of the world’s most respected international judges. In 2011, the Awards attracted a record 1,195 entries from 34 countries across the globe, including Brazil, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Denmark and Kazakhstan.
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012
First phase R&D on the Space Beer Bottle is complete. The design passes simulation analysis to include vibration, fluid flows, and surface tension. Next stop: 3D print prototype.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
Fresh off the press is a 3D printed space beer prototype. We took it to the 4-Pines filler machines for test the fittings and get comments from the Master Brewer. Now we can see it in our hands, check the fit, and look for any sharp edges. Just a few more refinements and we can go to the high fidelity prototype.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012
We’ve narrowed down several concept CAD sketches for the Space Beer Bottle. Finding the middle point between NASA JSC Human spaceflight requirements and industrial brewing requirements is like threading the eye of a needle but now we know the direction to go.