Sapporo taking orders for ISS brew

Kyodo News

Sapporo Breweries Ltd. will sell a limited volume of beer made using barley grown from seeds that were stored in outer space under a joint project with the Russian Academy of Science and Okayama University.

The brewer will receive orders for the Sapporo Space Barley beer via the Internet until Dec. 24, making 250 six-packs, holding 330-ml bottles, available at a price of ¥10,000 each, Sapporo said Thursday, adding the product will be delivered to customers in late January. Proceeds will be used for the promotion of science education.

The original barley seeds were stored for five months in the Russian module of the International Space Station.

Sapporo, the Russian Academy of Science and Okayama University have jointly researched food production in space.

“We have confirmed the safety of the product” made from the barley seeds, said Sapporo Managing Director Seiichiro Ichikawa.