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Mandalay Bay to Host Ninkasi Space Oddity Ball: Ground Control Imperial Stout Release Party in Honor of International Space Day

Director of Food & Beverage Sarah Johnson and Ninkasi CEO Nikos Ridge to Host Out of This World Beer Tasting Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m.

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LAS VEGAS (April 9, 2015) – Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Ninkasi Brewing Company will host a once-in-a-lifetime event, the Ninkasi Space Oddity Ball: Ground Control Imperial Stout Release Party, Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m. at eyecandy sound lounge. In honor of International Space Day, Director of Food & Beverage and Nevada’s First Female Cicerone Sarah Johnson, along with Ninkasi Brewing CEO Nikos Ridge will guide guests through the beer tasting notes, discussing the specific components of the beer and how it was created from fermented ale yeast sent to space. The event will be highlighted by lively entertainment and giveaways.

Tickets for this event are priced at $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity and can be purchased online. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. 

The Ground Control Imperial Stout will be officially released and tasted by Las Vegas for the first time at the May 1 event. The beer was brewed at Ninkasi’s Oregon lab facilities with ale yeast from space; star anise (a small, star-shaped fruit) and cocoa nibs; and finished with Oregon hazelnuts. To honor this gravity-defying brew, every guest will receive a 22 oz. commemorative bottle packaged and designed by acclaimed artist and illustrator Neal Williams.

Other beer tastings available throughout the evening include Lux Lager, Spring Reign Pale, Dawn of the Res IRA and Total Domination IPA.

Entertainment at this event will be provided by two California music groups, Vokab Kompany of San Diego and Haunted Summer of Los Angeles. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to wear space-themed apparel in honor of the holiday.  


Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resort, is set on 120 lush acres featuring the award-winning Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city. The Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center combine to make Mandalay Bay a distinctive Las Vegas destination. In September 2014, Delano Las Vegas, a stand-alone all-suite hotel, opened adjacent to Mandalay Bay. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit or call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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