To the Suds-Lover With Everything, Give Space Beer

Brew's grains related to barley that grew in space station

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 8, 2009 10:25 PM CST

(Newser) – At a loss for what to get that beer connoisseur on your list? How about suds from space? Yep, Sapporo’s Space Barley brew contains grains related to those that spent five months aboard the International Space Station, and can be yours for just $110 a six-pack. The catch, though, is that you must live in Japan, and must earn the chance to buy via lottery.

Profits from the collaboration—aimed at “achieving self-sufficiency in food in the space environment,” the brewer says—among Russian and Japanese agencies and universities go to promote space education. And, Betsy Mason notes, there could soon be a sequel, with hops currently in orbit on the space station. Cheers!

Yep, Space Barley.   (Sapporo)
Yep, Space Barley.   (Sapporo)
A limited-edition bottle.   (Sapporo)
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