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In The Lab: Caring for Spacefaring Yeast

Nov 21, 2017
In The Lab: Caring for Spacefaring Yeast

When Ground Control launches each year, the geekiness level at our brewery certainly reaches a new extreme. Brewed with yeast that traveled to space and back (77.3 miles above Earth to be exact!) we’ve enjoyed sharing this beer with space and beer nerds alike—including the one-and-only Neil…

Why We Taste: Inside the World of Sensory

Nov 16, 2017
Why We Taste: Inside the World of Sensory

  While it’s hard to deny that sampling beer as part of a job isn’t great, there’s actually a lot to designing and activating a sensory program that relies on trained tasters to help keep our beers in-check. Each week, we run a series of sensory panels (blind tastings) to gain deeper understandings when it comes to our beers. I sat down with…

Get Nerdy With It: A Look at Fresh Hop Beers

Oct 04, 2017
Get Nerdy With It: A Look at Fresh Hop Beers

  For ­­­hop heads the world over, the end of summer signals the beginning of something great: fresh hop season. Hop plants, Humulus lupulus, reach maturity and are ready to harvest in the middle of August to the middle of September depending on the variety. It’s around that time we see an explosion of fresh hop beers on-tap. Why should I seek out fresh hop beers? …

3 Reasons Why I Homebrew

Jul 17, 2017
3 Reasons Why I Homebrew

  I avoided becoming a homebrewer for a long time mostly out of the fact that I really didn’t need another hobby. That and the thought of exploding bottles, high cost of entry, and 5 gallons of mediocre beer sitting around wasn’t the most appealing. I finally caved when a friend offered to pay for the kit and we borrowed a kettle to brew with. We spent the afternoon anxiously trying to figure…

Our Commitment to Fresh Beer

Jun 30, 2017
Our Commitment to Fresh Beer

  When you crack open a Ninkasi beer, we want to make sure it’s the best beer you could possibly enjoy. We work hard to make sure our wholesale partners and retailers provide you with the freshest Ninkasi beer. How do we do this? Each and every bottle, case, and keg of Ninkasi beer is marked with a best by date. We do this to ensure your Ninkasi beer is enjoyed and tastes just as our brewers…

Summer Drinking: How to Keep Your Beer Fresh

Jun 19, 2017
Summer Drinking: How to Keep Your Beer Fresh

 Photo Provided by: HagePhoto    Here in Oregon we spend a lot of time dreaming of sunny weather. And the rolling from spring to summer means that it’s finally time to sip on Maiden the Shade in the backyard, dust off the charcoal grill and start enjoying the outdoors to its fullest. While the sun provides us with Vitamin…

Demystifying Hops and Bitterness

Mar 27, 2017
Demystifying Hops and Bitterness

  I used to be a bartender in a suburban area new to “craft brewing” and many of our patrons were just realizing that there was more flavor to beer than the barley pops from our parents’ fridge. Some of the most frequently uttered phrases upon ordering were, “oh I don’t like hoppy beer” or “give me whatever IPA has the most IBUs.” Depending on the customer, sometimes I’d just pick one of…

Ninkasi Director of Brewing Development Talks Chill Haze

Mar 06, 2017
Ninkasi Director of Brewing Development Talks Chill Haze

  There are many opinions among beer drinkers regarding what is acceptable when it comes to beer clarity. At Ninkasi, we think that a great beer should look great, and for most of our beers that means clear, brilliant beer. To achieve this clarity, our clear beer is run through a centrifuge to remove particulates such as yeast, small hop particles or other suspended solids. The result is…

Dissecting 3 Favorite Hop Varieties

Feb 28, 2017
Dissecting 3 Favorite Hop Varieties

  Pine resin. Grapefruit. “Dank.” When many of us think of hop aromas in beer styles like India Pale Ale those are some of the most common descriptors. However there are a whole number of hops out there we use in the Ninkasi brew houses that that provide a range of fruit aromas and flavors, ultimately creating a pretty amazing diversity among our hop-forward products. Let’s briefly shine…

Science Friday: Dana and Dana on NSP

Jul 11, 2014
Science Friday: Dana and Dana on NSP

We are all bound to have a lot of questions as Ninkasi Space Program prepares to jettison live yeast into space, retrieve it, and then utilize it in brewing a quality beer. Here to help are Dana and Dana, two integral engineers in NSP’s first mission. Dana Garves is Ninkasi’s lab technician and Dana Robles is a Ninkasi brewer. As our space yeast makes…