It’s been 40 years since NASA first discovered Charon, Pluto’s largest moon. It was a monumental discovery for the world and it seemed to make our universe feel just that bit bigger. Now it would have taken some serious imagination to see much of anything in the grainy telescopes of 1978 (trust us, we know more about astronomy than you probably think we do), however with a certain perseverance, resilience and drive U.S. Naval Observatory astronomer James Christy was able to spot Charon orbiting Pluto, helping to make his name as one of NASA’s great discoverers. (He even had an asteroid named after him several years later.)
Now, you’re probably thinking; what the heck has this got to do with beer?! Well, we like to think that James Christy’s perseverance was kind of like the perseverance our founder Simon Whitmore had when he decided to set up Butcombe Brewery in the old farm buildings out the back of his family home. Coincidentally this was also in 1978…
With further investigation Astronomers discovered that Charon’s north pole is composed of ‘Tholins’ which are the organic macromolecules needed to make life. Thus, we’ve drawn a further parallel between the discovery and Small World, I mean we all know that one of the essential ingredients to sustain life is beer!
So, call it fate or call it a well-planned marketing ploy that we’ve brewed a beer that is out of this world.
With restrained New Zealand and English hopping, Small World has a low level of bitterness but delivers a very drinkable orange marmalade character. A smashing summer session beer and a welcoming drink for visiting Martians when they get here. You can find it in tap now at your local Butcombe pub. We’d recommend calling ahead just to check that another avid discoverer hasn’t found Small World and drunk it all before you get there though!