All About Beer Magazine takes on the daunting question of “if beer was invented today, what would it taste like?”.
"If beer were starting at Year Zero today, just like Year Zero the first time around, it would not contain hops. But hops still grow in the wild today—both in the US and in Europe—so the question would be how long would it take for somebody to put hops in beer, and then for somebody to discover the value of boiling hops. We don’t know how the heck that happened first time around, so it would be a guess. But I suspect the understanding of isomerization through boiling would come quicker.”