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Report: Japanese Brewery to Launch 'Space Beer' Come November

Astronauts may soon be able to enjoy a cold brew after a space walk.

According to Agence France-Presse, Japanese brewer Sapporo Holdings said Tuesday it's working on the first "space beer," using the third-generation descendants of barley grown on the International Space Station.

Researchers said the beer project is one of many efforts to prepare for a future where people spend lengthy periods of time in space.

Sapporo's partner in the project, biologist Manabu Sugimoto, said they hope their research will someday be "not just about producing food, but about enjoying food and relaxing."

The company reportedly hopes to launch the new beer by November and has enough space grain for about 100 bottles. Still, Sapporo officials said there are no immediate plans to make it available to the general public.

• Click here to read more from Agence France-Presse.