We're excited to announce that the first beer in the core Starbase Brewing line-up will be Starhopped, a hazy IPA inspired by SpaceX's Starhopper rocket. Starhopped is brewed with six different hops -- Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic, Amarilla, Columbus, and Chinook. It pours a golden orange and boasts an aroma of tangy tropical fruits. The flavor is a juicy explosion of pineapple and tangerine that packs all of the punches of a traditional IPA, but with very little bitterness. Look for it in-stores by late summer!
Starhopper was the first prototype built by SpaceX for the Starship test program. The rocket performed two untethered test hops. On July 25th 2019, the first hop rose to an altitude of 59 feet and lasted for 22 seconds. This was the first-ever flight of SpaceX's methane-powered Raptor engine, the world's first full-flow staged combustion cycle engine. On August 27th 2019, the second hop rose to an altitude of 490 feet with a flight time of just over 57 seconds.
Starhopped paved the way for the entire Starship program and is widely beloved in the space community. It is still on display in Starbase and will be remembered forever as a pathfinder for the next generation of space travel -- the first step on humanity's long journey to Mars.
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.