Science Says You’re Wrong About Pairing IPAs and Spicy Foods

Dr. Nicole Garneau 12/22/2016

Originally published for, awarded in 2017 for the category of Best Beer and Food Articles by the North American Guild of Beer Writers.

My career cultivating a scientific understanding about flavor has prepared me for contributing to beer knowledge, but not “growing up” in the industry means that I often am not aware of the many shared stories, anecdotes and oral histories that have been passed down from one brewing generation to the next. So it’s not surprising that I find myself stumbling into these moments of tension where my grasp on the science behind a phenomenon, like beer calming spice, doesn’t quite match up with the brewing industry’s perspective.

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