Category Archives: Astro Biz

Astro Biz: Down to Earth Session IPA

Down to Earth IPAMany 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 Down to Earth Session IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, we at Seattle Astronomy love a good brew, and we discovered this one in our local supermarket as part of our constant search for the perfect “house” IPA. But we’d never heard the term “session” before. According to AmericanCraftBeer.com, the term originated in WWI-era England, in which folks were typically allowed to drink beer on the job, even if they were making weapons of war. Workers were allowed two four-hour drinking sessions during the work day. This called for something a bit lighter, so as not to lose the productivity boost to be gained from a good quaff or three. The site goes into somewhat more detail in defining the parameters of session beer.

Anyway, the Down to Earth get thumbs up from us, and it is a bit lighter at 4.4 percent alcohol by volume, and 42 bitterness units (IBUS). Also, we love the space chimp art on the cans and six-pack.

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Astro Biz: Luna Court condos

Many 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 Luna Court condos in West Seattle. Luna Court is a 69-unit building on Avalon Way, and features views of the Seattle skyline and the West Seattle Golf Course.

We picked Luna Court this week in recognition of the full Moon on Wednesday!

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Astro Biz: Sol cerveza

Sol cervezaMany 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 Sol cerveza. Sol describes itself as “the authentic Mexican beer since 1899.” Interestingly enough, according to its Facebook page the beer was actually created by a German brewmaster near Mexico City at the end of the 19th Century.

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Astro Biz: Nova apartments

Nova apartmentsMany 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 Nova apartments in West Seattle. Nova is a pretty new complex, a built green community that is just across from the West Seattle Family YMCA, in the middle of the triangle formed by 35th Avenue SW, Fauntleroy Way SW, and SW Alaska Street.

We like that they lean into the astronomical in their marketing, too, with “stellar” living and out-of-this-world amenities in West Seattle. We’re not sure if we’d want to live in something that is named after a catastrophic explosion, though!

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Astro Biz: Meet the Moon café

Meet the MoonMany 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 Meet the Moon café in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood. Meet the Moon is right on Lakeside Avenue South, which as you might imagine is right on the shore of Lake Washington. Unfortunately, the café has no water views, as its windows all face west out onto the street.

The food is good, though; I had a marvelous breakfast burrito on my recent visit. They’re open 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. most days, staying open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Meet the Moon is part of the Heavy Restaurant Group that includes Purple, Barrio, and several others.

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Astro Biz: Red Star Taco Bar

Red Star Taco BarMany 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 Red Star Taco Bar in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Fittingly enough, it’s right across the street from the statue of Lenin on North 36th Street.

As you might expect, Red Star serves tacos, and quite a variety of them. They also have other Mexican-ish menu items. The bar features more than 30 different brands of tequila and a dozen mezcals, plus a wide selection of local and imported beer and wine.

We picked Red Star this week because we went by on the way to a theater event last week.

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Astro Biz: Mercury Comet

MercuryMany 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 Mercury Comet. This may well be our first double Astro Biz! The Comet was produced by Mercury every year from 1960–1977, with the exception of 1970. The 1969 models were the last for the brand as a mid-size. It took a year off before being brought Cometback as a compact in 1971.

We’re featuring the Mercury Comet this week because there’s one parked on the street a few blocks away from Seattle Astronomy world headquarters. We’re not car guys, but it appears our nearby Comet is an early ’60s model.


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