A beer that is out of this world! If you are looking for an adventure to another planet then you should join the Space Force. A myriad of classified hops make this beer taste like it’s from another galaxy. Malty sweet, but bitter enough to know you’re drinking beer, not just fruit juice. The only full-flavored DDH DIPA that can live up to its namesake.
Where does the name Space Force come from?
Justin: Within the last years it’s become something of an industry norm to name beers with a juicy profile that feature galaxy after space terminology. Also, because the President made it funny.
Brian: It just sounds ridiculous, but sort of makes sense at the same time. I liked the ring to it, so we trademarked it. If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it.
Describe this style of beer:
Justin: Intense, strong, and hop-forward. Space Force is somewhat of a bridge between more classic DIPAs focusing on citrus and pine aromas and flavors with a clean but very noticeable malt bill, and modern DIPAs that are less concerned about the malt beyond haziness and focus on juicier tropical fruits. Either way, DIPAs are about loads of hops, and traditionally more bitter and flavorful than standard IPA.
Brian: Picture yourself on a boat on a river with citrus flavor and balanced bitterness with a dry malt body.
Describe its unique flavor:
Justin: Full-flavored “orangeness.” While Space Force isn’t a classic DIPA it certainly isn’t a Hazebruh beer either. We drew on both styles to make a beer that has a more full-flavored juicy quality focused on orange and tropical notes but still tastes and looks like a well-made beer should.
Brain: You ever pluck a semi-fermented mango from the floor of a distant jungle and eat the whole thing? Me either. Space Force: Taste the Ground Score. 15-second rule doesn’t apply in the jungle. There are no rules in the jungle.
Was there anything memorable or funny that happened during production? Interesting quotes or “accidents”?
Justin: Nothing comes to mind. Brian is almost 100% responsible for the design and writing of this beer. It’s been tweaked a bit in that we changed a background hop in it after the first batch, but otherwise it’s been stable since the first batch in July of last year.
Brain: I called a “For a Good Time Call ***-****” number on the wall of a dive bar toilet stall and a man on the other end of the line whispered the recipe to me. In all seriousness, Justin probably mentioned this at some point- we respond to these All About the Beer things separately- We had to send like 40 cease and desist letters over the name of this beer. We own the name trademark.
If you could pair this beer with food from a place around town, what would it be?
Justin: Big Guys Candied Bacon or many spicier meat dishes from San Pedro’s would be excellent fits. It also makes an AMAZING chaser with Bloodies.
Brain: Whatchamacallit bar from the gas station down the street. That’s my favorite candy bar. I would pair this with the Let It Burn album by the band REZN.