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Tuesday, 8th December 2009
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Japanese space beer goes on sale

Japan-made beer created from barley that has been onboard the International Space Station for five months has gone on sale.

Japanese brewer Sapporo Breweries has made 250 bottles of the limited-edition Space Barley, which contains barley seeds that have been aboard the Russian craft on the International Space Station for almost half a year.

The beer is on sale for around 10,000 yen (£68) for six bottles and according to a report on the BBC, tastes no different to normally brewed beer.

However, despite the high price and similar taste, the beer has attracted interest from many people.

According to Sapporo Breweries company spokesperson Yuki Hattori, the firm had received orders from 2,000 people by Sunday (December 6th).

"We believe this shows people's interest is high, considering the rather high price for six bottles," they said.

To make the beer, the brewery firm worked with biologists from a university in Japan who have been working with Russian scientists to try and grow edible produce in space.

Written by Graham McPherson.