Climate change can significantly affect the taste of European beer
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Published Oct 23, 2023
The future of European beer is under threat due to climate change's impact on the quality and quantity of high-quality hops. Researchers have found that the content of key taste substances in hops has decreased since 1994 and could drop by 31% by 2050 if the plant is not adapted to temperature changes. With warmer and drier seasons expected to affect hop cultivation, scientists are calling for the development of more warming-resistant varieties of hops.
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First wine, now beer. Every day we learn about new, devastating effects of climate change, and what is happening now has researchers sounding the alarm about the future of European beer, due to the steady decline in the quality and quantity of the all-important high-quality hop. Since 1994, the amount of alpha acids, which are key to taste, has decreased by 0.6% in hops, and if the plant is not adapted to temperature changes, by 2050 the content of these substances will drop by 31 percent, New Atlas writes. Follow the news in a convenient format: Follow us on Twitter In Europe, high-quality aromatic hops are limited to small regions due to the once ideal climatic and ecological conditions. It is now under threat as warmer and drier seasons are expected to bring unknown changes to the cultivation and flavor profiles of this hop. To find out how the yield and quality of the main ingredient for beer — common hops (Humulus lupulus) — changes, researchers of the Czech Academy of ...