Brave New World – Singapore Student Crafts ‘Probiotic’ Beer

, Brave New World – Singapore Student Crafts ‘Probiotic’ Beer

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Finally a beer that’s good for the gut!

A fourth year student from the National University of Singapore, has created what many are calling “the world’s first probiotic beer,” which according to the Straits Times “contains a probiotic strain that can neutralize toxins and viruses, as well as regulate the immune system.”

A ‘pro’ herself when it comes to these kind of things, 22-year-old science student Alcine Chan, (who is in her fourth and final year at the university),  explained that she drinks probiotic drinks regularly but had noticed that many of those drinks use dairy products which doesn’t work for people who are lactose intolerant.

Thus began her final year project that may take brewing into a “brave new world.’

Following the thesis that fermented foods (and more importantly drinks), can contain a lot of good bacteria, she challenged herself to develop a beer that might contain helpful counts of live probiotics.

According to Chan, “Developing sufficient counts of live probiotics in beer is a challenging feat as beers contain hop acids that prevent the growth and survival of probiotics.”

It took her nine months to perfect the beer (and we expect no small amount of investigative drinking). But the final result was an uber-trendy 3.5% ABV Sour Ale that she and a fellow researcher have patented and according to the Drinks Business is already garnering international interest.

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