Five-Year Search Turns Up Missing Yeast and, Not Surprisingly, Beer-Loving University of Wisconsin Is Involved
Chris Todd Hittinger, who has the title of Evolutionary Geneticist at the Madison campus, has co-written a report in a scientific journal (the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, for those curious souls) that reveals the discovery of a mysterious yeast to make the original lager.
It was found in the Argentine forests of Patagonia. After a five-year search.
Well, why hurry? One has to be diligent when searching for answers when it comes to beer!
It’s actually been somewhat of a mystery how this particular yeast, which can ferment at lower temperatures to make lager, got mixed with the ale yeast in Germany centuries ago to make lager (it’s a hybrid yeast). Hittinger and his team of researchers went to the ends of the earth to find out the answer and came across it living on beech trees.
Perhaps there will be a huge celebration of the discovery at the University of Wisconsin. A keg party, even! After all, it’s right before the start of the college football season and Wisconsin is one of PubClub.com’s Top Party Schools.
And just think, all this time PubClub.com has had the rankings, it was due mainly to the students and also the alumni who continue to party well past graduation. Little did the site know that the professors have been involved in researching beer, too!
PubClub cheers to beers!