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SAPPORO'S 'SPACE BEER' REAL FAR OUT. MADE FROM SPACE BARLEY. Sapporo got the nod to brew the astro ale from Manabu Sugimoto, an associate professor of biology from Okayama University. Sugimoto has been participating in a Russian project that is investigating ways to grow edible plants that may sustain future astronauts (and cosmonauts) on long space voyages.
Barley is well-suited for "space farming" as it can withstand a wide range of temperature differentials and happens to be a good source of essential nutrients and fibre. It's also an essential ingredient of beer, a fact not lost on Sugimoto. "In the long run, we hope our space research will be not just about producing food, but about enjoying food and relaxing." I'll drink to that! (via AFP)