UTC: Friday, January 20th, 2017

Beery Molecules – part 6, why is humulone an ‘alpha acid’?

Having talked about humulone in a number of the other beery molecules posts, the title of this one poses a question that I actually do not know the answer to – I’m hoping that this post will attract some comments that will help me to understand why the ‘alpha acid’ label makes sense for humulone. […]

Beery Molecules – part 5, the one I missed!

I was taking a look back at this post about the Hypothesis IPA label, and I noticed that for some reason I had neglected one of the molecules that appeared there. Not sure why (or how) I missed it, but let’s quickly clear that up right here, right now. The third molecule looks much simpler […]

Beery Molecules – part 4, ‘skunky’ beer

Having written this, this and this before, you’ll know that I like to read (and write) about beery molecules. As such, I was intrigued to receive an email from Kate Lajtha at Oregon State University who sent me the photograph below, of one of her student’s sporting an organic chemistry based shirt that appeared to […]

Beery Molecules – part 3, hypothesis

Following this post and this post, here’s the third in the series about the appearance of dubious molecules in beer/pop culture. This time we turn to Chicago and the relatively new brewery, Hypothesis. Below is the mock-up for their Hypothesis IPA. I say ‘mock-up’, because it isn’t quite clear to me if this beer has […]

Beery Molecules – part 2, artistic license

Following this post, here are a few more observations about beer, molecules, and what the art director can get away with when there are no chemists around! Hugh Malone is a Belgian IPA produced by the Allagash brewery in Maine, USA, as part of their tribute series. Those of you with a little beer chemistry […]

Beery Molecules – part 1, fictional molecules

Bear with me as I make a couple of seemingly unconnected statements, and then try to pull them together. Many people reading this blog will already know that one of the central passions in my life is beer – if you didn’t, now you do. The beer/chemistry marriage is generally a happy one, since there […]