I would rather talk about space beer than space bears, so here we go... Aside from references to Martian Craft Beers as an Interest skill and the crap the Phelans brew, we haven't talked a lot about beer. This would be a major omission if EP were Free Market (probably a better game to play a brewer in -- brettanomyces sucks against exsurgents), but I think we'd better cover it here anyway. Some considerations, then, regarding space beer: 1. Would hops get largely replaced by other things? Would Space Gose (heh) be the norm? 2. How do you keep it from exploding in microgravity? 3. Would it be less carbonated? (Because carbonated drinks in microgravity aren't the best). 4. Where do you put a lagering cave on Mars? 5. Holy crap, all the ways nanotech could alter the fermenting process... Homebrewing could be a much less anal retentive operation if you've got Beer Medichines to hunt down wild yeasts & bacteria in the wort. 6. In confined spaces where cereal crops are tough to grow in abundance, beer might be quite a luxury. Distilled spirits would probably be more common. Having enough crop space to make beer would be a sign of a prosperous habitat. OTOH, Mars probably has beer (some it very crappy) like no one's business.
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