Making its debut in Japan this week is a beer derived from space. Well, sort of. The beer was made using barley grown in the International Space Station. The beer is a joint project involving the Russian Academy of Sciences, a university in Japan and beer maker Sapporo. No word yet on what type of beer it is, or any other ingredients, and the brew is not yet for sale. The Thirsty Beagle has this to say: Come on, America! We’re going to let the Japanese and Russians beat us to the punch when it comes to making a beer with barley grown on the International Space Station? Why aren’t American brewers and NASA on the same page here? Is this a new version of the Cold (-Filtered) War? Here’s a suggestion for President-elect Obama: Forget about all those plans you have for saving the economy, getting people health insurance and creating a new green workforce; let’s show those foreigners we will not be defeated in the Cold-Filtered War!