A taste of place

Environmental geographies of the classic beer styles

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Abstract

The environmental geographies of beer can be viewed as a coupling of Earth's elements (yeast; hops; malt; water) and brewing ingenuity. Yeast literally brings life to beer, contributing distinctive flavors and frothiness. Hops do best at cooler latitudes, and in wetter climates, where soils, day length, temperature, rainfall and terrain all influence regional hop characteristics. Brewing malts are cultivated, mostly, in a cool swath of countries just poleward of 45° north latitude. Mixtures of minerals found in local water supplies impart characteristic flavors and mouth feel to beers brewed there. The geographic combination of variations in yeast, hops, malt and water produce, we argue, a 'taste of the place' that one can term the 'terroir' of beer. Climate change could, however, modify beer terroir. A warming planet would alter the latitudinal range of future hop and malt cultivation, leading to changes in supplies, quality, and prices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment, and Societies
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages99-108
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789400777873, 9400777868, 9789400777866
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

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day length
planet
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water supply
water
rainfall
climate change
climate
mineral
geography
soil
temperature
price

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Yool, S., & Comrie, A. (2013). A taste of place: Environmental geographies of the classic beer styles. In The Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment, and Societies (pp. 99-108). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7787-3_10

A taste of place : Environmental geographies of the classic beer styles. / Yool, Stephen; Comrie, Andrew.

The Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment, and Societies. Springer Netherlands, 2013. p. 99-108.

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Yool, S & Comrie, A 2013, A taste of place: Environmental geographies of the classic beer styles. in The Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment, and Societies. Springer Netherlands, pp. 99-108. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7787-3_10
Yool S, Comrie A. A taste of place: Environmental geographies of the classic beer styles. In The Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment, and Societies. Springer Netherlands. 2013. p. 99-108 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7787-3_10
Yool, Stephen ; Comrie, Andrew. / A taste of place : Environmental geographies of the classic beer styles. The Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment, and Societies. Springer Netherlands, 2013. pp. 99-108
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