A Japanese brewery has said it is planning the first "space beer," using offspring of barley once stored at the International Space Station, according to reports today (27 May).
 
Researchers said the project by Sapporo Holdings was part of efforts to "prepare for a future in which humans spend extended periods of time in space and might like a cold beer after a space walk."
 
Sapporo told French press it would make beer using the third generation of barley grains that had spent five months on the International Space Station in 2006.
 
"We want to finish the beer by November. It will be the first space beer," Sapporo executive Junichi Ichikawa told reporters.
 
Company officials said it will have enough space grain to produce about 100 bottles of beer but has no immediate plan to make it a commercial venture.