Budweiser is using science to answer the ultimate question; How do we brew beer in space?
As adults, those of us who drink know there is nothing greater than relaxing with a nice cold alcoholic beverage. The beer giant Budweiser is thinking about the beer consumers of the future by sending barley into space this December.
Now, you may think this is the last thing we should be worried about, but what are we going to drink if we achieve colonizing Mars by 2024 like SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hopes? We can’t be stuck with just water, so Anheuser-Busch is shooting 20 barley seeds up to the International Space Station on December 4th via SpaceX’s supply rocket to research micro-gravity brewing. Budweiser Vice President Ricardo Marques spoke on why the company is pursuing microgravity brewing.
“Sending our barley to the International Space Station is a big step towards our goal of creating a microgravity brew.Our obsession with innovation led us to this place, and we couldn’t be more excited for Budweiser to be the beer one day enjoyed on the red planet.”
Although several things still need working out (like how to combat radiation poisoning from Mars being so close to the sun) the thought of being able to crack open a cold brew on a new planet does sound pretty cool. The craziest thing about all of this; Budweiser is completely serious about microgravity brewing. They have partnered with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space which manages the space stations research facility.
“Budweiser is taking the commitment to create microgravity beer very seriously, which is why we’ve partnered with leaders in the space industry like CASIS. Together with our Liquid Innovation team, the duo will conduct experiments on the International Space Station, to begin the process of understanding how we can create a microgravity beer.”
Although it is a funny notion, in all seriousness, how cool would it be to create beer in space? We hope that the scientists at the International Space Station figure out the key to microgravity brewing. Until then check out the Elon Musk’s company SpaceX’s initiative which is sending Budweiser’s barley into space.
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