Beer has officially been made in space!
Barley was grown for five months in the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station. It had extremely limited results, though.
The barley was only able to produce 250 six packs of beer. They were produced by Sapporo. The six packs will be sold through a lottery system for 10,000 yen, or roughly $110 each, unfortunately; only people in Japan are eligible for the lottery, but all proceeds will go to charity.
The Russian Academy of Sciences, Okayama University, and Russia’s space agency Roscosmos are hosting the lottery. The charity that the proceeds will go to is for the promotion of science education for children and the development of space science research in Japan and Russia.
The barley was also produced, of course, for the purpose of achieving self-sufficiency in food in the space environment. How crazy that their first choice in product was producing barley beer. Have no fear, though, the astronauts can’t drink it.