Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Someone has invented beer based on your DNA, to ensure you like it


Do you like beer? If so, did you force yourself to like it? I certainly did. I went to university, saw that it was cool to like beer, was too scared to admit I didn’t like it, so I drank it until I liked it and it did nothing to change my fragile and often debilitating need for acceptance. But I do like beer now.

Woah, anyway, yeah, you might not have to do that in the future, as Ciaran Giblin, brewmaster at Meantime Brewery, has discovered a way to directly brew a beer to specifically match someone’s tastes.

To test it out, he first had his DNA analysed – a process which involves looking for things called TAS2R receptors. These snappily-named (only joking they’ve got a shit name) receptors determine someone’s predilection for bitter or sweet flavours. Ciaran found out that he’s genetically programmed to enjoy bitter flavours the most. Interestingly, that means he won’t have had to force himself to like coffee either, like I did.

So in response to that, he came up with a recipe that would produce a bitter, hoppy beer, with a bit of a pineapple twinge for good measure, and he called it Double Helix. He had this to say about the process:

"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.”

So there’s maybe the chance you’ll be able to do the same thing in the future, too. Although, really, you’ll probably have to be a fan of beer in the first place, at least in the loosest sense of the word. If you hate it, you’re not going to like a beer that’s a bit sweet just because you like Haribo, for example. Still, for beer fans it’s an exciting prospect. I want one that tastes of pizza, ideally.

If you want to taste Ciaran’s personal beer (aka one that is specifically designed to someone else’s taste), then Double Helix will be available at certain venues across London for a limited period.

Anyway, I need to get back home asap – I’ve got a huge delivery of Tofu to force-eat until I like it. Need to impress the vegan girls on Tinder somehow.



Tesco is axing a load of beer brands because of Brexit

echo (1).png

Amazon's new Alexa update means it can bring you beer in two hours


Heineken are launching an alcohol-free lager


Your veggie mates are probably getting drunk and eating meat

Know anyone who does this?

by Alex Finnis
21 Aug 2017

We asked burger experts to design the perfect patty for the apocalypse

May as well die happy - while eating a burg

by Chris Sayer
18 Aug 2017

You can get free chips delivered right to your desk today

It's easy, and anyone can do it

by Tom Victor
18 Aug 2017

The 50 best restaurants in the UK have been named

Prepare for some 10/10 food porn

by Tom Victor
17 Aug 2017

What your coffee order says about you

According to an actual barista

by Carl Anka
16 Aug 2017

Aldi’s £18 whisky has been crowned one of the best in the world

They're getting good at this booze thing

by Tom Victor
16 Aug 2017

All hail Nigel Slater, the Quiet King of Cookery

The dangerously sensual chef makes cooking seem like the most enjoyable thing in the world

by Josh Baines
15 Aug 2017

There's a very cynical reason behind why crisp packets are so noisy

God damn them

by Emily Reynolds
15 Aug 2017

Wetherspoon's have a new rule and you're *not* going to like it

What are we supposed to do now?

by Tom Victor
14 Aug 2017

This mobile bar will deliver gin to your house

A gin and tonic please, driver

by Gary Ogden
14 Aug 2017