Crooked Hammock Brewery, ILC Dover to release beer for Apollo anniversary

Alex Linsner pours hops during brew day at Crooked Hammock Brewery in Lewes, which is set to launch its latest beer to celebrate the history of the Apollo 11 mission that launched ILC Dover into fame as maker of the spacesuits worn during the landing 50 years ago. Submitted photos

LEWES — The Apollo 11 mission launched ILC Dover into fame as maker of the spacesuits worn during the landing 50 years ago. Now Crooked Hammock Brewery is ready to launch its latest beer to celebrate that history.

On Oct. 17, the brewery will celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with the release of “One Giant Leap,” a suborbital stout brewed with Apollo hops, chocolate malts, vanilla and space-ice-cream sandwiches.

“One Giant Leap is really meant to bring together and share a piece of the nation’s history and Delaware’s part in creating it,” said Crooked Hammock’s Head Brewer Jon Schorah. “All of the advancements that ILC has made in science over the last half of a century, right in our backyard, is pretty incredible — so here’s a beer to cheers for that.”

On brew day, ILC Dover representatives Douglas Durney, center and Stephanie Arthurs, right, hear about the brewing process from Crooked Hammock’s Jon Schorah.

In 1962, ILC Dover and their team first won the contract to develop and produce the Apollo space suit. The unique suits offered greater mobility compared to others, giving the underdog the longstanding contract with NASA to be the provider of all the extravehicular space suits. Since the Apollo Missions, ILC Dover has continued to create high-performance flexible materials, including the landing impact bags for NASA and JPL, that were used by three of the rovers that landed on Mars between 1997 and 2004.

The idea for the style of “One Giant Leap” came from Alex Linsner, one of the engineers in the Aerospace division of ILC Dover, who home brews in his spare time.

“Collaborating with Crooked Hammock’s team has been fun and having them share our story about this unforgettable time in history is humbling. There are so many men and women at ILC Dover that take such pride in the work done then and now,” says Stephanie Arthur, marketing communications associate of the engineering and manufacturing company.

One Giant Leap is brewed with Apollo hops, chocolate malts, vanilla and space ice cream sandwiches.

“One Giant Leap” will be released at Crooked Hammock’s Lewes location at 4 p.m. on Oct. 17. That day, a limited number of commemorative glasses will be available. The first 100 people will receive the glass and a pint of the suborbital beer for $12. Members of the ILC Dover team will be present with pieces of their space suits, a moon backdrop for photos and more information on the making of the Apollo space suit.

This isn’t Crooked Hammock’s first collaboration with Delaware businesses to make beer. This summer, the brewery created a limited release of Pass the Sauce, a peach cobbler sour ale collaboration done with Bennett Orchards in Frankford.

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