Now testing: Beers in space

An Australian joint venture is working to create a beer that can be safely consumed in space, and we wish it godspeed.

It's not Romulan Ale, but I'd take a PBR on the ISS. TrekMovie.com

I'm a huge fan of space. I write about space here on Crave as much as I can . One of my dreams has always been to go to space, but one thing has always kept me from boldly going: the complete lack of beer.

Sure, here on Earth we can get " space beer, " or beer made with barley that was grown on the ISS , but we can't have it in space. But that's changing. Some scienticians who are tired of curing diseases like cancer and Juggaloism are developing a beer that can be consumed in the microgravity environments of space.

The booze is the product of a joint venture between Austrailian 4 Pines, a brewing company, and Astronautics Australia, a space engineering firm. (No, I didn't know Australia had space engineering firms, either, but there you have it.) The companies see space tourism as a future moneymaking industry, and they want third space-aged cut.

Testing starts in November aboard a "vomit comet," or modified Boeing, owned by Astronauts4Hire. The plane will fly parabolic arcs that simulate the microgravity of Earth orbit. While weightless, one lucky guy will sample the beer in various ways while biometric data is recorded.

Hopefully science will prevail and a decent space brew can be developed. If so, I may finally respond to NASA's e-mail and do my stint aboard the ISS, which is something they've been bugging me about for years.

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    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.

     

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