From The India Times:
But now, European Union has invested 3.4 million Euros in a yeast research program to develop new products for the food industry, according to a report from Gizmag. Beer gets much of its taste from yeast, as do many other foods like cheese and sausage… The purpose of the EU’s program is to produce healthier yeasts that also taste better, reports Discovery News.
That means light beers could have as much flavour as their full-caloried brethren.
So, scientists are searching for ways to get the calorie count down and flavor up. One would have thought that the brewers themselves would be working on this, but the well-capitalized ones (Anheuser InBev and MillerCoors) aren’t necessarily putting a lot of R&D into improving their beers’ taste.
It’s also kind of surprising that the EU is making the investment at a time when money is sort of tight. They must think it’ll offer a high rate of return. Again, not sure why an American Company isn’t leading the charge. We’re probably a few years off, but it’s definitely something to look forward to.