An Ode to Yeast

brewers yeastIt’s official — Saccharomyces cerevisiae has finally gotten the recognition it deserves!

Oregon is the first in the nation to officially adopt a state microbe – and – you guessed it – they gave the nod to Brewer’s Yeast (Gaston 2013)

Saccharomyces cerevisiae now joins the Chinook Salmon, American Beaver, Douglas Fir, Hazelnut, and Western Meadowlark, among others, as the official representatives of the great state of Oregon.

Other states have tried to name a state microbe, e.g., Wisconsin proposed to adopt Lactococcus lactis (bacteria essential to making cheese), and Hawaii proposed Flavobacterium akiainvivens (a bacterium unique to Hawaii), but so far these attempts have been unsuccessful.

We think Oregon’s salute to this unassuming unicelluar organism is really quite fitting considering its contribution to the state economy (2.4 billion dollar craft beer industry) and to the happiness of the masses (at least from our point of view).

So, last, but not Yeast (couldn’t resist that one), given the importance of this single-celled organism to our livelihood, and to the pleasure it brings many, let’s lift our glass to S. cerevisiae – State Microbe of Oregon – Cheers!


About 4handsbrewery

Our brewery provides the craft beer enthusiast with a handcrafted portfolio inspired by the American Craft Beer movement. Our portfolio pushes the limits of creativity with a barrel-aging program that produces a truly unique line of beers. We use wine and spirit barrels containing an array of fruit, herbs, and spices in conjunction with wild yeast strains to enhance the flavors of our beers and produce one of a kind beer experiences.

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: