One small step for man … one giant leap for beer?
Where Japan lacks in brewing experience, it definitely makes up for in technology (and food eating contests).
One of Japan’s major brewers, Sapporo Breweries, recently created a new beer using the crop of barley grown in a Russian laboratory on board the International Space Station (ISS).
Sapparo named the first batch Space Barley.
Although I cannot find any sources to confirm it, I am making the assumption that Space Barley is a lager.
The space brew was the result of a collaboration between the Russian Academy of Science, Okayama University in Japan and Sapporo Breweries.
Sapporo only produced 100 liters of Space Barley so it will not be sold commercially. Instead, Sapporo will give 30 couples selected from among the public by lottery VIP tickets to and exclusive tasting event in Tokyo next month.
This is a pretty exciting feat all around for man, technology and beer. I am looking forward to more future experiments with ingredients for beer from space!