Finally: Milk beer debuts

You’re a Japanese dairy farmer. You’ve got a huge surplus of milk. Do you:

— sell it on the cheap to starving Africans?
— freeze it for formula in case your country’s birthrate ever creeps back up to 1.0?
— design a cutting edge milk-powered Japanese robot?

Nope. Obviously, you turn it into beer so that the elderly can get ripped and fight osteoporosis at the same time.

The drink, called “Bilk” will go on sale on Feb. 1. It reportedly has a fruity flavor that its brewers hope will be popular among women.

The idea for the drink was conceived after dairy firms threw out a huge amount of surplus milk in March last year. The son of the manager of a liquor store in Nakashibetsu, whose main industry is dairy farming, suggested the idea of producing the milk beer to local brewery Abashiri Beer…

Since milk has a low boiling point, the brewery took care to control the temperature during the boiling process so the milk wouldn’t boil over. After they put beer yeast and hops into the drink and began the fermentation process, the beverage looked and smelled like tea with milk. However, when fermentation was complete and the drink cooled down, it had the same color as beer.

Exit question: You know who I bet would have enjoyed one of these after a long week at the office?