A brewery has released the world’s first beer to be made based on a person’s DNA. Ciaran Giblin had an ale made dictated by his individual DNA taste preference – using cutting-edge genetic profiling to map his propensity towards specific flavors. Now the public can taste the world’s first beer to be brewed based on genetic code.
In November 2016, Ciaran Giblin, brewmaster at Meantime Brewery, had his DNA tested and analyzed by genetic testing company 23 and Me. The process looked particularly at the presence of TAS2R receptors in his genetics – which dictate an individual’s inclination toward bitter or sweet flavors.
The test identified that Ciaran is genetically programmed to enjoy bitter flavors, like those found in coffee and Brussels sprouts. Double Helix is a bitter and hoppy double IPA with balanced bitterness from a variety of different American hops.
Drinkers can expect tropical fruit aromas like pineapple and mango on the nose, followed by all the full-bodied flavor that you’d expect from a 10% ABV beer.
Ciaran said: “If you want to make a beer you’re going to love, you have to really mean it and go the extra mile – in this case, determine your genetically determined taste preferences first!
“There are lots of people talking about the potential that genetic testing has on what we consume but I thought the best way to test some of the theories was to get on and brew something.
“Double Helix was brewed to fit the specific taste preferences of one person – me.
“However thanks to the investment in our Pilot Brewery and what it allows us to do in the name of innovation, it’s become a ‘successful experiment’ that others can enjoy as well.