It’s no secret that the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing is a big deal this year, with Ohio native Neil Armstrong playing a major role in this iconic event. History buffs can mark the occasion with visits to a number of museums and other attractions, but what about those who want to celebrate all summer long…through food and drink?
Travelers who fall into that latter category are in luck, with various Ohio eateries and breweries offering moon-themed fare in honor of the anniversary:
Moon Menu Trail
From May 25-August 1, 12 businesses in Armstrong’s hometown of Wapakoneta are offering special menu items – from cinnaMOON pancakes and “Houston — We have a Pot Roast,” to sweet treats like “Starry, Starry Night Fudge,” AstroNut Lattes and Eclipse Mochas. Find some out-of-this-world flavors and try one (or all) of the trail’s 29 featured items.
Velvet Ice Cream’s Blue Moon flavor, made of vanilla ice cream mixed with fruity flavoring and mini marshmallows, is available this summer at the company’s headquarters, Ye Olde Mill, in Utica.
Young’s Jersey Dairy will soon launch a space-themed flavor, Moon Rocks, a caramel flavored homemade ice cream with chocolate covered malt balls and marshmallows (moon rocks!). For those craving an even more indulgent treat, Young’s will also serve up two special dessert creations this June and July. The Over The Moon Sundae will feature two scoops of Young’s chocolate ice cream, marshmallow topping, whipped cream, nuts, a cherry AND an original mini-Moon Pie® while the Milky Way Milkshake is a thick shake with Sea of Tranquility Salty Caramel homemade ice cream, malt powder and chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream and a mini Milky Way® candy bar.
Warped Wing Brewing in Dayton will release its annual Space Food IPA this summer, just in time for the lunar landing anniversary. The American India Pale Ale is named after the late Dayton engineer Maurice Krug, who literally invented the applesauce goop that astronauts first ate in outer space starting in the mid 1950s.
Land-Grant Brewing Company in Columbus has launched the Space-Grant Series, (usually) Black IPAs inspired by the depths of space – including the Tranquility Base made from the “best hops on Earth,” including the aptly named Apollo.
Fibonacci Brewing Company in Cincinnati will release a sour ale made with star fruit and local blueberries called Lower Gravity, which is a collaboration with a local beer and wine bar named Higher Gravity.
Cleveland’s Terrestrial Brewing Company serves up its Space Chimp beer, a witbier with guava and passion fruit, year round.
Phoenix Brewing Company of Mansfield will offer their Tangerine Berliner Weiss called Project Mercury, releasing in mid-June.
Moeller Brew Barn in Maria Stein has recently released a First On The Moon Pale Ale.
Established in 1953, The Winery at Spring Hill in Geneva produces fruit wines from their onsite orchards including a semi-sweet Riesling available in a moon-shaped bottle.
Matus Winery in Wakeman is home to Moonlight White, a semi-dry white table wine made from Traminette grapes grown in their own vineyard.
Located in Newark, Buckeye Winery is a fun place to taste many out of this world wine varieties and, just maybe, make your own wine. Two of their customer’s favorites are their red Harvest Moon and their white Moonrise.
Watch the Moonlight Glow and sip the wine of the same name made from Frontenac grapes, while sitting on the deck overlooking French Ridge Vineyards’ beautiful 25-acre vineyard in Killbuck.
A perfect blend of intense, exotic flavors in a beautiful garnet-colored wine, Eclipse made by Dalton Union Winery in Marysville tastes of juicy blackberries and ripe currants.
An urban winery near downtown Columbus, Camelot Cellars is home to Luna Rossa, a big, bold and bountiful red wine with loads of rich black fruit and oak.
La Crescent, from Kinkead Ridge Winery in Ripley, is a white grape which produces a wine with aromas of citrus, apricot, pineapple and Muscat.
Named one of Central Ohio’s best wineries in 2017, Bokes Creek Winery in Raymond produces La Luna Lullaby, a white wine made from La Crescent grapes.
Plum Run Winery in Grove City features two wines that are out of this world – Solstice and Equinox. Solstice is a fifty-fifty blend of Malbec and Carmenere grapes, while Equinox is a dry red blend of Landot Noir and Noiret.
Located in Jewel Evans’ former gristmill in Bidwell, Merry Family Winery is home to Merry Moonlight wine made from Pinot Noir grapes. This dry red wine has a velvety smooth finish.
More Moon-themed Food & Drink
Storehouse Tea will offer the Harvest Moon Organic Black Tea, a fruity Chai tea that blends cardamom and clove with ginger, cinnamon, orange and apples. Find it at specialty shops around Ohio, and in the Celebrate Local store at Easton Town Center.
Send your tastebuds to the stratosphere with a Blastoff Burger at Giovanni’s Meats and Deli in Lyndhurst – tender select cuts of short rib, brisket, and steak trimmings make up these bites.
Looking for something you can bring home? Sample Meteorite Meatballs, also from Giovanni’s Meats and Deli. Made fresh, they’re then frozen and ready to cook for a meal anytime.
An added bonus? Bites from Giovanni’s (and Young’s Jersey Dairy – featured above) further showcase your Ohio pride – both are Ohio Proud locations.
For more excitement and foodie fun this summer, Find It Here. at Ohio.org.