It's one small step for beer but one giant leap for beer kind. Fuller's London Pride has gone stratospheric by embarking on a space mission.

A pint of the beer was launched into space from The White Swan in Whitchurch last month. It was transported by a 200g balloon, 24.3km into the sky where the pint froze.

Ros Bangs, tenant of The White Swan along with husband Pete, said: "We were tired of seeing every village pub go 'gastro' so we decided to go 'astro!' Seeing as London Pride is our top seller what could be better than celebrating our locals' favourite tipple by sending it stratospheric."

It was the second space mission from the pub, but no photos survived from the first attempt in July.

Chris Smith, the rocket scientist behind the mission, said: "The idea of this unique mission just came from a chat with Pete and Ros who jokingly ask if it would be possible. Of course, I said yes. I have worked on many rocket launches as part of scientific and commercial programmes; however, it is exciting to send the first London Pride into space."