Category Archives: Astro Biz

Astro Biz: Elliott Bay Brewery Luna Weizen

Luna WeizenMany 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 Weizen from Elliott Bay Brewing Company in West Seattle. Luna Weizen is brewed with 40 percent wheat malt, which imparts a distinct citrus flavor and aroma. The brewery says its version is more accurately a “wheaten ale,” a beer in which wheat is used to lend a distinct flavor, but at a much lower percentage of the total grain.

We had a couple on the way home from a recent astronomy event; there’s often time for a brew while waiting for the next bus!

Elliott Bay also has pubs in Burien and Lake City.

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Astro Biz: Crazy Aaron’s Cosmic Thinking Putty

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 Crazy Aaron’s Cosmic Thinking Putty. We’ve had a tin of Crazy Aaron’s product on our desk for around 20 years! It’s nice to know of products with staying power. We never, however, really thought of it as an Astro Biz until we spotted some of what we take to be a new line of cosmic colors of it in a small shop in San Francisco last weekend. Available versions of the putty include Milky Way, Solar Wind, Star Dust, and North Star.

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty really works. You can squeeze it, stretch it, mold it while you ponder those knotty problems. This can also be considered a procrastination technique, and sometimes that’s necessary, too.

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Astro Biz: Moondrops nuts

MoondropsMany 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 Moondrops Bavarian Roasted Nuts. Moondrops is based in Vancouver, Washington and can typically be found at the Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon. We spotted their booth at the Wine Country Eclipse event at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall, Oregon the weekend before the total solar eclipse in August.

Moondrops offers a variety of almonds, cashews, walnuts, and hazelnuts roasted in cinnamon, sugar, and other goodies.

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Astro Biz: Star Brass Works

Star Brass WorksMany 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 Star Brass Works Lounge. The lounge is in the historic Star Brass Works building on Airport Way in Georgetown just south of Gerogetown Playfield. The building was for some 40-plus years the home of a company called Star Brass Works, which forged pressure-release valves there, and the bar kept the name. The lounge features a full bar, large indoor seating area, and a big patio.

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Astro Biz: LUNA bars

Luna barsMany 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 bars. LUNA nutrition bars are a brand of Clif Bar and Company. LUNA was created in the late 1990s and was specifically aimed at providing nutrients often missing in women’s diets.

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Astro Biz: Moon Drops grapes

Moon Drops grapesMany 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 Drops grapes from Grapery out of Shafter, California. Grapery gets into the Astro Biz spirit by declaring that “you and your favorite earthlings will agree – Moon Drops are truly stellar.”

We spotted Moon Drops at our local supermarket this week.

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Astro Biz: Orbit gum

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 Orbit® gum. Orbit is a brand of sugarless gum made by the Wrigley company. It comes in a wide variety of flavors. According to Wikipedia, Orbit originated back during World War II, when traditional gum-making ingredients were in short supply. After the war it went away, coming back in the late 1970s. It left the U.S. market in the ’80s because of concerns about artificial sweeteners, but returned to the states in 2001.

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