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Budweiser reveals next step in its plan to brew first beer on Mars

DBR Staff Writer Published 27 November 2017

Budweiser, an American-style pale lager produced by Anheuser-Busch, intends to send and study barley into space in early December.

The firm plans to send barley, one of the key ingredients in beer, to the International Space Station (ISS) to see how it reacts in microgravity environments.

To conduct this experiment, Anheuser-Busch is partnering with Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), an organization that will be acting as the manager of the US National Laboratory on the ISS and Space Tango, a payload development company operating two commercial research facilities within the National Lab.

The three teams are now working together and the payload will be lifted into space by SpaceX’s cargo supply mission, scheduled for 4 December from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Once, the barley payload reaches the ISS, it will stay in orbit for about 1 month before coming down to Earth for analysis.

As per the brewing giant, the reason it used barley for this experiment is that malting the grain can result in high quality malt and conducting the experiment in space can let the company know how barley seeds can react in environments with microgravity.

The experiments are expected to offer insights and valuable information on the production of barley, creating beer on Mars, while helping the larger agricultural community on earth.

Budweiser vice president Ricardo Marques said: “Budweiser is always pushing the boundaries of innovation and we are inspired by the collective American Dream to get to Mars.

“We are excited to begin our research to brew beer for the red planet.”

Image: Budweiser to send barley in outer space. Photo: Courtesy of Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC.