Category Archives: Astro Biz

Astro Biz: Equinox Ale

Equinox aleMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Equinox pale oat ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company. Lagunitas is headquartered in Petaluma, California, and has breweries there and in Chicago, and taprooms in several locations around the United States, including one in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, where it seems there are more brew pubs and tasting rooms than people these days!

Equinox is not only the name of the brew but also of a variety of hops used in the ale. Lagunitas gets many of its hops from the Yakima Valley in eastern Washington. The ale is a seasonal concoction that isn’t on the brewery’s website at present.

Naturally, we chose Equinox because the vernal equinox just happened at 3:29 this morning, Pacific time. And we love that the label depicts equal night and day. Happy springtime!

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Astro Biz: Fremont Space Building

Fremont Space BuildingMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is the Space building in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Space is literally a building full of office spaces, three stories worth of them. The plaza in front of the building features an intergalactic public art installation. Space is part of the seattlespace.com group, which includes the Saturn Building, featured as an Astro Biz last June.

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Astro Biz: Salsa del Sol

Salsa del SolMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Salsa del Sol picante sauce. Salsa del Sol is part of the Heinz family of products. There are also a Salsa del Sol sauces based on jalapeños, a taco sauce, a hot sauce, jalapeño relish, a mayo with lime juice, and more.

We chose Salsa del Sol this week because a packet of the salsa happened to be included with our breakfast burrito as we journeyed on Amtrak to visit the Rose City Astronomers in Portland. You never know when you’re going to find an Astro Biz!

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Astro Biz: North Star Diner

North Star DinerMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is the North Star Diner in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. While the real North Star, Polaris, is only visible when it’s dark out, the North Star Diner is open 24 hours a day.

We appreciate that the North Star truly embraces its Astro Biz heritage; the diner’s logo is of a small bear with a star on its tail. Ursa Minor indeed!

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Astro Biz: Northstar Winery

Northstar merlotMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is the Northstar Winery in Walla Walla, Washington. Northstar’s specialty is merlot, though they do a wide selection of other varietals and blends. The winery was started in the early 1990s and in the early days was guided by celebrated California
 winemaker Jed Steele, who worked extensively with Northstar’s current winemaker,
 David “Merf” Merfeld, who has been the head winemaker since 2005. By coincidence, Steele is behind another Astro Biz wine, the Shooting Star aligoté, which made the list in November.

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Astro Biz: Moon Cheese

Moon CheeseMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Moon Cheese. According to the Moon Cheese website, they “crunchify” 100% natural cheese into the tastiest snack possible (on this planet at least)! Moon Cheese is available in cheddar, gouda, and pepper jack flavors.

Moon Cheese is made by a company called nutraDRIED LLP based in Ferndale, Washington.  They claim that the ingredients are “just cheese.” There’s no indication that actual parts of the Moon are included.

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Astro Biz: Star capers

Star capersMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is capers from Star Fine Foods. According to its website, Star traces its roots back to the late 19th century in San Francisco, where it started out as an olive oil importer. Over the years it added balsamic and wine vinegars, olives, peppers, capers, and other specialty items to its list of products. The site says that Star is the number-one selling brand of olive oil, wine vinegar and Spanish green olives in retail grocery stores in the Western United States.

We featured Star capers this week because it’s been a while since we shot this photo, and the jar is about empty! Time to get more capers!

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