Starbase Beer Announcement - Of Kölsch I Still Love You

The Beer

Starbase Brewing's second beer release is Of Kölsch I Still Love You, a Honey Kölsch inspired by SpaceX's re-usable spaceflight efforts. Of Kölsch I Still Love You combines lightly-malted American ale grains with refreshingly dry hops, and loads of sweet wildflower honey to create the perfect Texas summer brew. This beer pours a light golden orange with a frothy head and a strong scent of honey. It’s clean, crisp, and deliciously crushable.

The Inspiration

Of Kölsch I Still Love You is named after SpaceX's rocket-catching boat called "Of Course I Still Love You" (abbreviated as OCISLY). OCISLY, is a floating Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship, or ASDS, that is capable of catching a rocket that is returning from space and returning it back to shore for re-use. ASDS’s were a major advancement in rocket reusability and have led to a dramatic reduction in spaceflight costs over the last decade.

SpaceX Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships - OCISLY - Part 1 - Mars Gazette

Aerial view of the SpaceX drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You". Source: SpaceX

 

OCISLY entered operational service in June of 2015. It was involved in the first successful ASDS landing ever during the CRS-8 mission on April 8th, 2016. OCISLY has caught dozens of rockets since then, and it will ultimately end up being a major milestone in humanity's journey to Mars and beyond.

 

Additionally, SpaceX has two other ASDS's in their fleet. The first is "Just Read The Instructions", or "JTRI", OCISLY's sister ship that started operating in 2016. A third ASDS called "A Shortfall Of Gravitas", or "AOSG", was added to SpaceX's fleet in 2021. ASOG is even more advanced as it is capable of actually driving itself out into the ocean and returning without the assistance of a tow boat. The names of all of the drone ships were inspired by the Culture novels, written by Iain M. Banks. 

 

 

As a bonus, SpaceX released this video of how not to land a booster on a drone ship. This shows many of their early attempts at landing a rocket on an ASDS, most of them ending in a rapidly unscheduled disassembly.

 

 

Starbase Brewing is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with SpaceX, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. We are huge fans, though.

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