Barney-space-beerHe is still a decade away from being legally able to drink the stuff, but Michal Bodzianowski, 11, a sixth-grader from Colorado is going to create the first ever microbrewery in space. Bodzianowski gets to embark on this most noble of tasks thanks to winning a competition that was part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, launched in 2010 by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education to spark interest in a new generation of students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math — known as called STEM.

I know one thing, if I was allowed to brew beer in school I would have had paid a lot more attention in science class.

The sixth-grader didn’t exactly devise the experiment as a way to help astronauts get drunk (or so he says), instead he claims he got the idea after reading about how in the Middle Ages people boozed it up more because alcohol kills bacteria, making beer much safer to drink then water, you know because of the plague and stuff. Beer what can’t it do? Bodzianowski realized that space beer could be a bacteria-resistant water source for astronauts.

To make it all sciency and stuff, Bodzianowski wrote in his proposal. “…as it kills bacteria, it can also be used medically to disinfect wounds.”

Unfortunately for the kid, being only 11 of course, he won’t be able to go up and conduct the experiment. But hey space beer!

You’re not old enough to drink yet kid, but I raise my glass to you!