Japanese brewery claims to have the world’s first ’space beer’

December 2nd, 2008 - 7:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, Dec 2 (DPA) A Japanese brewery claimed Tuesday it has produced the world’s first space beer using barley grown in space.The grain was grown in a Russian laboratory on board the International Space Station, Sapporo brewery said.

The company has brewed only 100 litres of the extraterrestrial brew, which it says is not meant for sale.

Thirty people will be chosen in a lottery to sample a few millilitres each of the beer in January; the rest will be used for research.

Tests showed the beer was safe, the company said, and it tastes normal.

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