Drink to NASA history with Freedom 7—True Anomaly’s brand new bottle-conditioned wild ale to-go

"Freedom 7" Wild Ale | Photo courtesy of True Anomaly Brewing Co.

Launch your palate into an exploration of flavor with the release of Freedom 7 wild ale, True Anomaly Brewing‘s first-ever bottled offering in its Original Seven Series, honoring NASA’s Mercury Seven astronauts.

Freedom 7 (abv of 7.8%) is a Tart Saison, brewed with a simple grain bill consisting of predominately Pilsner malt with a touch of Vienna and Wheat. It was then fermented in one of True Anomaly’s American Oak Foeders for approximately nine months.

Its French Saison spice characteristics are lightly present in the background, but the mixed-culture dominates with a mineral, pear aroma and soft acidity throughout.

As of today, Thursday, May 14, 2020, the bottle-conditioned wild ale is available in two varieties in a limited release of 350 bottles each, or 700 total.

True Anomaly was founded by four partners who met working at NASA, and the team has always applied science and exploration in their development of beer.

In keeping with brewery’s space and NASA roots, the bottle series takes its name from Mercury Seven, the group of seven astronauts first selected to fly spacecraft for Project Mercury.

They are also referred to as the Original Seven and Astronaut Group 1. These seven original American astronauts were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton.

Just Add Drei

Half of the bottles were also blended with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis variety Drei. This brett strain can take considerable time to impart its flavors, but is already highly aromatic and can impart over-ripe tropical fruit and funky notes.

At its release, the Drei version of Freedom 7 is exhibiting a stronger mineral aroma, with a touch of funk. True Anomaly’s head brewer, Thomas Ahlstrom, expects these display more funky characteristics over time.

Freedom 7 | Photo courtesy of True Anomaly Brewing Co.

Inspired by NASA’s Mercury Seven

Just as Mercury Seven established the image of the American astronaut for decades to come, True Anomaly’s initial wild ale bottle releases carry their namesake as the Original Seven Series, intended to honor and mark their values and quality that inspired the creation of the brewery and its beers.

Each of its first seven bottle releases will also carry both the name of the astronaut who championed the mission, and the craft they flew.

Alan Shepard became the first American to enter space in 1961, and later walked on the Moon on Apollo 14 in 1971.

Just weeks before Shepard’s 1961 flight, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had become the first human in space, orbiting the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft. In response Shepard named his space capsule “Freedom 7” to embolden the cause for democratic freedom and to commemorate NASA’s first group of seven astronauts. The number 7 was included in all the crewed Mercury spacecraft names thereafter.

Bottles for Sale To-Go

Freedom 7 is available in 750ml bottles for $18 each, in either variety.

They will be available exclusively through bottles-to-go at True Anomaly. There is a very limited quantity, limited to around 350 bottles of each style available.

Orders are limited to two bottles per customer, per variety, per day. Any orders submitted exceeding the limit will be refunded for the items exceeding the purchase limit.

Freedom 7 Bottle-conditioned Wild Ale Limited Release To-Go at True Anomaly Brewing

A bottle of Freedom 7 | Photo courtesy of True Anomaly Brewing Co.