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The first Space beer in the World..Made in Japan by Sapporo beer/世界初宇宙のビールbyサッポロビール(日本)

Amazing new beer from Sapporo!!  This particular beer "Sapporo Space Barley" was made from barely whose seedlings traveled space for 5 months.  It is a limited edition with only 600 bottles produced.  Sold in packs of 6, the hefty price amounts to 10,000 JPY (equivalent to approx. USD 114).  For more details, see the info below regarding how this beer was produced...


In collaboration with Dr. Sugimoto, Associate Professor, (Speciality" Cytomolecular Biochemistry) of the Research Institute for Bioresources, Okayama University (Kurashiki City, "Okayama University) and the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences", Sapporo Breweries, Ltd. (Head office: Tokyo; President: Masaru Fukunaga) test brewed the first-in-the world beer brewed from the seedlings of barleycorn that traveled the space, "SAPPORO Space Barley." Most of the only 100 litters of brewed beer will be used for experiments, but we would like to offer part of the beer for tasting events to be held at six brewries in Japan (Hokkaido, Sendai, Nasu, Chiba, Shizuoka and Shinkyushu,) inviting 60 persons (30 pairs) of customers.
The beer was brewed as part of the joint research with Okayama University conducted to exploit possibilities of barleycorn for beer in space, "Studies of Impact of Extreme Environmental Stresses on Barley" and uses 100% of the "seedlings of barleycorn that traveled the space."
Regarding the malt used for the beer, seeds of "Haruna Nijo," beer barley developed by Sapporo Breweries that stayed in space for five months in the Russian Research Modules of the International Space Station were broght back to earth, cultivated at our experimental field of Bioresearch and Development Department at our Gunma Plant and successfully harvested in this May.
We plan to offer opportunities for the invited guests to taste "Space Barley," be awarded the certificate of tasting and tour the breweries.
Next year, in addition to this series of events, we also plan to hold a "space class" and an event to "roast and taste barley tea" for local children at these breweries by taking advantage of the "seedlings of barleycorn that traveled the space" still under cultivation.
Sapporo Breweries hopes to contribute to awareness-raising about the space as well as the advancement of space science and children's education and continue to pursue possibilities of food and drink in space.


1. Product name:SAPPORO Space Barley
2. Material:Malt, hops
3. Content features:100% use of the the seedlings of barleycorn that traveled the space for five months
Alcoholic content: 5.5%
4. Volume/Number per package:330ml in a one-way bottle
5. Design:A chic design with Navy blue graduation representing the space set with stars, featuring the product name like a shooting star. Barley is an English word.
6. Manufacturing plant:Nasu Breweries, Sapporo Breweries



December 4, 2009 |


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