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Sapporo to Debut “Space Beer”

One of the few snippets of Lost in Space I ever managed to watch without losing consciousness involved June Lockhart serving various dishes, all prefixed with “space.” She presented “space soup,” and “space bread,” and “space potatoes” and it was right about then that I understood why Star Trek had such a hard time getting picked up by a network.

But I digress.

Japanese beer giant Sapporo has just launched (har!) a beer brewed from a third generation of barley grains that spent five months on the International Space Station in 2006.

Scientists say that they haven’t found any genetic differences at all between this barley and its Earthbound relatives, so the beer will be exactly like regular beer except for the enormous hype. I’m also not sure what’s stopping beer makers from claiming that any ol’ beer is brewed from the space barley. Maybe each bottle comes with a recent polygraph of the manufacturer.

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Posted in Ephemera December 4th, 2008 by Chip
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