Japan brewing beer that's out of this world

TOKYO Wed May 28, 2008 1:33pm BST

A waiter holds mugs filled with beer at Sapporo Bier Garten in Sapporo, Japan, February 19, 2007. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A waiter holds mugs filled with beer at Sapporo Bier Garten in Sapporo, Japan, February 19, 2007.

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TOKYO (Reuters Life!) - It's guaranteed to be a beer that's out of this world.

Sapporo Holdings, Japan's major beer maker, plans to brew what it described as the world's first "space beer", made from grain descended from barley grown in the Russian unit of the International Space Station in 2006.

"By pursuing the infinite possibility that space has, we wish to present our customers with rich and enjoyable proposals to enjoy a new beer culture," Sapporo said in a statement.

Sapporo plans to launch the beer in November, saying it would produce 630 liters of beer, or around 1,110 pints, and another 100 liters of barley tea, in collaboration with scientists from Japan's Okayama University.

"We believe alcohol will make the lives of our customers rich and enjoyable," Sapporo said in the statement.

The brew, however, will not be available for sale, but the company said some consumers would be given a chance to try it.

(Reporting by Teruaki Ueno; Writing by Miral Fahmy; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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