According to Oregon State University, a chemical found in hops, a main ingredient in beer, improved the memory of young mice. Well, we can drink to that! Unfortunately, it didn’t help the older mice much. Therefore it only makes sense that beer should be fed to young growing human children as an aid to remembering stuff.
Xanthohumol is a flavinoid that is found in hops and does make it through the brewing process to show up in beer, too. Researchers at Linus Pauling Institute and College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University gave this compound, in extremely high doses to young mice and saw their cognitive abilities improve. (Not so much for the older mice, signaling once again the need for a drug that can help teach old dogs new tricks.)
We wholeheartedly endorse the continued research into what makes beer so great. Keep it coming fellows!