Pint of London Pride goes into space

By James Evison

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Fuller's London Pride in space
Fuller's London Pride in space

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Fuller’s London Pride has boldly gone where no beer has gone before following the release of ‘photographic evidence’ of the first pint of real ale in space.

The Publican’s Morning Advertiser​ originally reported in June on the plan to put a pint into space, but corrupted image files on the weather balloon cameras meant no evidence of the event was available.

But a second launch at The White Swan in Whitchurch took place last week with photos finally obtained.

The tenants of the Swan, Pete and Ros Bangs, came up with the idea after speaking to rocket scientist Chris Smith, who confirmed it was possible to send a pint into space.

The payload was lifted on a 200g balloon, which reached 24.3km into the earth’s stratosphere, where the Pride froze.

Chris Smith said: “The idea of this unique mission just came from a chat with Pete and Ros who jokingly ask if it would be possible. Of course, I said yes. I have worked on many rocket launches as part of scientific and commercial programmes; however, it is exciting to send the first London Pride into space.”

Ros Bangs said: “We were tired of seeing every village pub go ‘gastro’ so we decided to go ‘astro’!”

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