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
Yep, Space Barley.   (Sapporo)

(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!

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JGirl
Dec 9, 2009 7:30 AM CST
"contains grains related to those that spent five months aboard the International Space Station"... related in what way exactly? was it brewed in space? did the grain grow in space? i think ya'd have to meet one of those criteria to qualify as space beer.
Riffran
Dec 9, 2009 6:25 AM CST
hmmm andromeda ale, Cygnus cider, Betelgeuse bitters, ..
JoeQ
Dec 9, 2009 5:19 AM CST
Tthe Universe began as a primordial mix of yeast and grain by-products. It would be nice if there was a pleasant explanation for this, but the fact is that God just wanted to get drunk. Suffice it to say that the mixture fermented and then spontaneously exploded in a manner which scientists now call the Big Brew. Ever since then the Universe has been stuck with a massive hangover. No amount of Aspirin will help. This explains the current bizarre features of the Universe such as, for instance, Sarah Palin.