4 Pines Brewing Company comes from the beautiful seaside city of Manly in Sydney NSW. The brewery in relatively new beginning in 2008 but they have gained a name as a producer of quality handcrafted Australian beers. Their Vostok Space Beer Stout has won a bronze award at the 2011 Sydney Royal Show and a silver award at the Australian International Beer Awards in 2010 and is the world’s first space beer. Yes the stout has become the first beer to be drunk on a commercial space flight. In a partnership between Saber Astronautics and 4 Pines the beer was flown into zero gravity on the 26th of February 2011 and drank. It is hoped the beer will be a regular offering when commercial space travel becomes more popular. The stout is an Irish styled stout and is very dark almost black with the traditional caramel coloured frothy head. It has some coffee like flavours and although full bodied is very smooth and has a very pleasant balanced bitterness. As the brewery is small it is not all that readily available throughout Australia although more and more liquor stores are getting onto it including some a few of the larger retailers. Keep you eyes open for it- it is really tasty!