Sharp’s Brewery is launching a brew using Galaxy hops and Planet malt, in collaboration with the team behind Apollo 50, the new, one-day science, music and arts event, at Goonhilly Earth Station.

The beer, called One Giant Leap, will be launched and available on cask exclusively (while stocks last) at the event on July 20.

Back in 1969, TV watchers around the world were captivated by Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind as he became the first man to step on the moon, unaware that the pictures they were watching were being transmitted via a giant satellite dish from Goonhilly Earth Station, Cornwall. 

The iconic Arthur satellite dish enabled transatlantic broadcasts for the first time, sharing this triumph in technology to millions globally. It is this historical significance and relevance, as well as the unusual and incredible nature of the location, that makes Goonhilly the most fitting setting for an event of this kind. 

With a light, refreshing taste and a fresh, citrusy aroma, One Giant Leap is an uplifting 3.6% ABV golden pale ale. Very much in-keeping with the astronomical theme and exceptional occasion, it is brewed using Planet pale malt, and Aurora and Galaxy hops.

Sharp’s head brewer, Aaron McClure, will be giving a talk on beer at the event at 3pm. He said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with this project. It’s an honour to be a part of such an occasion in a landmark location, and we loved working with the event team on this.

‘An easy-drinking, yet super hoppy, delicious pale ale’

“On our initial visit to Goonhilly to discuss ingredients and beer style, it was clear there are lots of parallels in our work — from the science of what we both do to the passion of the teams. The beer we went on to create on our pilot plant at the brewery in Rock is an easy-drinking, yet super hoppy, delicious pale ale.

“At 3.6% ABV it’s perfect for keeping event-goers refreshed at Apollo 50. We’re really looking forward to the event and hope people enjoy tasting One Giant Leap as much as we’ve enjoyed making it.”

The daylong event will play host to a wealth of expert, author and scientist workshops and talks, food and drink options, fascinating interactive sessions and activities and film screenings. 

Headline acts include dance legends Orbital and art-rock band Public Service Broadcasting, who are bringing their full audio-visual show. There will also be performances from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (who created the soundtrack for Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, among others), Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnson’s A Love From Outer Space, and The Bowie Lounge, a homage (not a tribute) to David Bowie.

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