New beer flavours add experimental taste profiles to update the category. There was a time when beer was typically described as possessing a malty, hoppy or crisp taste. IPAs (India Pale Ales) were usually characterised as fruity or floral while porter and stouts were often associated with terms such as nutty or with chocolate and coffee profiles. Meanwhile, wheat beers were described as tasting like bread while pilsners typically featured herbaceous notes.
The Philippines may be home to Asia’s largest Christian population yet its culture is steeped in beliefs with roots in ancient stories of mythological creatures, animist spirits and elemental deities. Paying homage to this ancient past are contemporary bars using cocktails to bring storytelling to life and create a cultural experience that transcends tradition, religion and modernity.
Microbiome-positioned cosmetics that claim to uphold the skin’s protective barrier by maintaining the delicate ecosystem of microorganisms naturally present in it rather than working against the skin’s natural defenses are a nascent category globally. In Asia, the term is relatively unknown within the beauty category but signs do suggest this could change over the next few years.