Ancient Brewing: Beer Before Hops

This year, the herb world celebrates hops as 'Herb of the Year', designated by the International Herb Association. Although hops offer myriad uses, we know it best for its role in brewing beer. Yet, hops is a relatively new ingredient in the long history of this beverage. In fact, a variety of other herbs traditionally … Continue reading Ancient Brewing: Beer Before Hops

Asparagus May Prevent Holiday Hangover

New Year's Eve is quickly approaching as everyone gets their best outfit ready, their new year's resolution written down, bottles of champagne prepared, and asparagus stocked in the fridge. With too much champagne, like other alcohol, comes a hangover, and who wants to spend the first day of 2017 in bed with a hangover? Most … Continue reading Asparagus May Prevent Holiday Hangover

Beer Yeasts Are Dogs, Wine Yeasts Are Cats

People have been enjoying the ability of yeasts to produce beer and wine since the dawn of civilization. Researchers from VIB, KU Leuven, and Ghent University found that yeasts used for beer and winemaking have been domesticated in the 16th century, around 100 years before the discovery of microbes. Together with a US research team, … Continue reading Beer Yeasts Are Dogs, Wine Yeasts Are Cats