What does a former NASA biologist and homebrewing have in common? Glow-in-the-dark beer. Yes, this is actually happening. Former NASA member Josiah Zayner decided to use his talents for the greater good and give homebrewers a new challenge to tackle. Just when the market was becoming saturated with IPAs and barrel aging, Zayner unleashed the ability to brew bioluminescent beer.
I can’t imagine what kind of stress comes with working for NASA, but Zayner, you have found your calling. Thanks to his new company, The Odin is rolling out fluorescent yeast kits that run $199 a pop. But if you think this new kit was meant to inspire frat brothers to throw a rager, think again.
The goal is to encourage the average individual to use their brain and cultivate the desire to conduct genetic engineering experiments. Now that doesn’t exactly have shotgunning beer written all over it.
But how is this new glow-in-the-dark beer even possible? The answer: a jellyfish gene. Crazy to think, but adding this Green Fluorescent Protein to yeast allows the beer to glow under a blacklight. I can only imagine what kind of curiosity this is spawning in brewery labs across the country.
It seems that Rogue’s Beard Beer that cultured yeast from the brewmaster’s beard has been one upped.
The real question is, will the FDA approve consumption of a jellyfish gene, and if so, will this new discovery catch on? While only time will tell, at least an unexpected spike in blacklight sales can be explained.