Beer in space? You betcha. Space brew ready for space-tourism industry

on 17/02/11 at 10:41 am


A small Australian brewery has just whipped up the world’s first batch of beer for the next frontier, and it all happened because a space engineer loves his local watering hole.

Jason Held, director of Saber Astronautics Australia, has long been a regular at a pub owned by 4 Pines Brewery in Manly, Australia.

“He was a regular customer. We all knew him, but we had no idea what he actually did,” said Jaron Mitchell, co-owner of the 4 Pines Brewing Company.

One day, out of the blue, Held suggested 4 Pines develop a beer for the space-tourism industry.

“We thought he was crazy,” said Mitchell. But once they realized Held was serious, they said, “Why not?”

So they set to work, and now a batch of 4 Pines stout for outer space is set for human testing in micro-gravity on Saturday in Florida.

But this space stout, which has only been sampled by about 20 people worldwide, is unlike other brews.

Space beer has to be strong, said Mitchell, because in space, people’s tongues swell and it’s hard to taste things. Astronauts have been known to cover their food with bottles of Tabasco sauce and fistfuls of salt.

“We had to look for a full-bodied, stronger beer,” said Mitchell. Hence the stout.

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