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Sputnik VIII is scheduled for take off! This is the eighth beer in the Sputnik Series. The Sputnik Series is an opportunity for any member of the team at Rising Tide to develop and pilot a recipe.  Pilots that are well received in our tasting room may be chosen to be brewed into our 7bbl fermentor, which has been affectionately dubbed “Sputnik.” “It was my first real fermentor, just as Sputnik was the first man-made satellite,” Nathan explained. “Plus, as a small tank, it kind of looks like a satellite.” The name stuck.

Sputnik VIII is Brady’s third beer in Sputnik Series.  His previous Sputnik batches were Sputnik IV: Belgian Wheat and Sputnik II: Rye Russian Imperial Stout.  Sputnik II was so popular that it graduated the Sputnik series and is now known as Nikita and Barrel-Aged Nikita. We are very excited about Brady’s latest addition to the series with his schwarzbier.

This beer is a traditional black lager.  When asked what inspired him to brew it, Brady said, “I wanted a sister to the Back Cove Pilsner, an easy drinking, dark beer.”  Sputnik VIII features pilsner base with carapils and midnight wheat malts.  Don’t let its dark color surprise you, this beer is light in body and easy drinking. Sputnik VIII is draft only, but it will be available for growler fills.

Stop into the brewery today to try Sputnik VIII: Brady’s Schwarzbier.