Liquor company goes boldly where no distiller has gone before

Posted at 4:50 PM, Aug 25, 2015

A Japanese liquor company has boldly gone where no distiller has gone before: outer space.

A case of the hard stuff was part of Japan’s 10,000-pound cargo shipment arrived Monday to the International Space Station.

But it’s not for any party; it’s for science.

Suntory, a Japanese spirits company that owns the whiskey brands Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, wants to find out if the alcohol aging process occurs faster in space.

The spirited stash will be stored on the space station for a year and later brought back to Earth for comparison to its ‘Earthling’ brand.