October 13, 2014

Of course they like beer. . . .

Filed under: Beer — acagle @ 11:40 am

Doesn’t everybodything? The Science of Why Beer Is So Delicious

Yet even though we know yeast is the reason beer tastes so good, we don’t know exactly why it does it. But in a new study, a team of scientists led by Kevin Verstrepen, a yeast geneticist at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology and the Belgian University of Leuven, has showed why these tiny microbes make the flavors we savor.

In a new paper in the journal Cell, the scientists detail the results of four experiments on yeast. It turns out that for yeast, producing these delicious aromatic molecules is a bit like hailing a taxi. The smell lures in wandering flies, to which yeasts hitch a ride so they can disperse throughout nature.

Well, going from fruit fly preferences to human preferences takes a bit of a leap. But I like the serendipity aspect of it all.

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