Scientists Publish Family Tree of Brewers’ Yeast
A team of researchers in Belgium has published a “family tree” of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, or brewers’ yeast. The genetics study plots the yeast’s domestication in two lines: the first (Beer 1) started at the turn of the 16th century in Germany and Belgium and contains most of the strains used in modern brewing. A second (Beer 2), used in mostly high-alcohol brews, originated around 1650 from yeasts found in wineries.
Nebraska Banishes Homebrew From Beer Festivals
Ten homebrewers were told they couldn’t participate in the Great Nebraska Beer Fest in August after the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission barred homebrewers and breweries in planning from serving beer at festivals, ending a practice that had gone on for years. The new interpretation clarifies a state statute that requires those selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to hold a state liquor license.
London Borough Gives Pubs Legal Protection
To shelter local pubs from the threat of closure due to a development boom, the London borough of Wandsworth has removed permitted development rights from 120 pubs. Under the new protection, owners of the pubs (some of which date to the 1800s) must seek local governmental approval before transforming the property into supermarkets or apartments.
Maryland Breweries Collaborate on Beer Benefiting Flood Victims
To benefit victims of a July 30 flood in Ellicott City, Md., that killed two and devastated the city’s main street corridor, Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery and Jailbreak Brewing Co. brewed Watershed Moment Belgian IPA. The new collaboration, of which 100 percent of profits will go to the Ellicott City Partnership, debuted on September 9. ■