Beer, made from wheat, that was grown in space — it’s times like this that I remember Japan’s insanity can be used for good as well as evil. Unlike Imperial Stout Trooper, for a sip of which I would sell my dearest loved ones into the white slave trade (White slavers! Email me!), I’m not to worried about having a space beer. Sure, I’d like to have one, but I’m not going to go crazy if I don’t. Why? Well, possibly because it’s such a limited edition brew anyways, and because I have no plans to go to Japan any time soon. And because I can’t help but think it probably tastes like hell. It’s wheat grown in space, man. I don’t what it tastes like, but if it tastes like regular wheat we should all consider ourselves lucky.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.