Japan's Sapporo Breweries has announced the limited availability of Space Barley, the blast-off brew with an exciting heritage and a very dull name.
Brewed from the progeny of grain grown in zero gravity for 5 months aboard the International Space Station, Space Barley beer will put YOU in orbit - for a price.
Sapporo Breweries will be marketing their version of drinkable rocket fuel online for just 10,000 yen (about $115) per six-pack. Here's a video from Great Britain's ITN News reporting on the introduction of Space Barley:
Space Barley - a dull name for a brew with such an exciting provenance. I'm partial to Benderbrau myself but obviously the folks at Sapporo don't watch Futurama. Regardless, the seeds produced by the plants that hitched a ride on the ISS were deemed perfectly safe for human consumption... and likely robot consumption as well. Just in case cosmic rays somehow mutated the barley in some manner undetectable to puny humans, please be advised that the white zone is for loading and unloading. There is no stopping in the red zone.
Only 250 six-packs of Space Barley will be sold by Sapporo with the proceeds being donated towards the promotion of science education. Deliveries are expected to begin in late January of 2010. (via Japan Probe and AFPBB)