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Dr. Jan Urban, Dipl.-Chem. Clinton J. Dahlberg, Dr. Brian J. Carroll and Prof. Werner Kaminsky Absolute Configuration of Beer′s Bitter Compounds Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Version of Record online: 13 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201208450

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During the beer brewing process, bitter tasting cis and trans iso-α-acids are generated from the precursor α-acids found in hops. The absolute configurations of the α-acid (−)-humulone and several of its derivatives have now been elucidated by X-ray crystallography, thus resolving decades of confusion over the humulone isomerization mechanism.

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