MADISON, Wis. — It was just a few years ago that scientists identified the South American yeast that, hundreds of years ago, somehow hitched a ride to Bavaria and combined with the domesticated Old World yeast used for millennia to make ale and bread to form the hybrid that makes lager or cold stored beer.

Writing today in the journal Molecular Ecology, a team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Genetics Chris Hittinger confirms that Saccharomyces eubayanus, the wandering parent of hybrid lager yeast discovered in 2011, is indeed a native of Patagonia.

“This yeast really is native to Patagonia,” explains Hittinger, who was part of the international team that discovered Saccharomyces eubayanus three years ago. “We found two major populations that seem to be distinct. The trees they’re associated with seem to provide everything they need. They’re happy there.”

Despite their prevalence in Patagonia, the new study provides evidence that they are no longer exclusive to South America. Hittinger and his group also discovered Saccharomyces eubayanus, with genetic hallmarks of the Patagonian strains, in a single North American location: Indian Mound Park, near Sheboygan, Wis. It is the first time the microbe has been found in nature in North America, or indeed outside of Patagonia. Found by UW-Madison undergraduate student Kayla Sylvester, a member of Hittinger’s group, the yeast occurs only at a very low frequency and was likely accidentally introduced, just as an ancestor found its way to Europe and kick-started the production of cold-brewed lager beer hundreds of years ago.

Thankfully, Saccharomyces eubayanus met a match in Europe to form the lager hybrid. The world’s 1,500 or so described yeasts are masters of what scientists call reticulate evolution, the ability to add traits by hybridizing or otherwise combining different species. Although rare in nature, the huge populations and strong selection that exist in industrial fermentations allow even rare hybrids to be recovered, if they are favored.
Brewers and winemakers, he notes, have unwittingly selected for hybrids. The tools of modern biotechnology, he explains, can potentially refine industrial fermentation by mixing and matching genes that lead to a better conversion of sugar to alcohol.

The new study was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and was funded in part by the Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.


North American Breweries Names New Chief Executive Officer

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Florida Ice & Farm Co. (FIFCO), parent-company of North American Breweries (NAB), today announced that Kris Sirchio has been named chief executive officer of North American Breweries, effective April 14, 2014.  In this role, Kris will lead all facets of NAB, including its brewery operations, alehouses, and sales and marketing efforts. 

 “Kris is a strong executive leader with globally recognized expertise in general management, marketing, brand strategy and consumer insights,” said Ramón Mendiola, chief executive officer for FlFCO. “He has demonstrated success in building and growing some of the world’s best companies and brands.  He also has a proven track record of creating strategies that build strong teams and organizations that deliver breakthrough results.  We are honored to have him help write the next chapter in the history of North American Breweries.”

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About North American Breweries

North American Breweries is one of the largest beer companies in the United States. NAB brews, packages, imports, markets and sells its branded product portfolio through an independent network of wholesalers throughout the U.S. Brands include: Labatt, Genesee, Seagram’s Escapes, Magic Hat, Pyramid, the Original Honey Brown Lager, Dundee Ales & Lagers and Portland Brewing. NAB also performs contract brewing of beer and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on behalf of other companies. NAB is also the U.S. importer of Imperial from Costa Rica. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, NAB operates breweries and alehouses across the United States, including its flagship brewery, the Genesee Brewery in Rochester, NY, which is one of the longest continually-operating breweries in the United States For more information, please visit

North American Breweries is owned by FIFCO, a publicly traded Costa Rican company.  The parent company produces and distributes, through its subsidiaries, food and beverages in Central America and the United States.  Its headquarters are located in San José, Costa Rica, and it has operations in Guatemala and El Salvador. FIFCO has more than 2,700 products including beer, wine, spirits as well as bottled water, juices, nectars, tea, carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, milk, refried beans, tomato conserves, ketchup and bakery products.


Vice District Brewing Co.

Situated in a landmark-status building at 1454 S. Michigan Ave., Vice District Brewing Co. sits squarely in the center of Chicago’s South Loop. While the name Vice District is a nod to the area’s past, owners Curtis Tarver II and Quintin Cole are completely focused on helping build a stronger sense of community in the future.

“We want Vice District to help bring back the energy that the South Loop once had. We plan on being very involved with other businesses and non-profits in the area,” says Cole. “We want to encourage ‘positive-vices’ like volunteerism in the community.”

The location’s 2,200 square-feet boasts 14 foot ceilings and ample room for their custom-built 7-barrel brew system. Eight functional serving tanks will be featured and visible in the space to make patrons feel like they’re a part of the brewing process. Once installed, the setup will feed 10 tap lines that will be responsible for quenching the thirst of up to 115 guests at a time.

Though no food will be offered on-site, Tarver II and Cole plan to encourage guests to bring in their own, utilize the food trucks that will be parked outside, or get something delivered from any of the 5 dozen+ restaurants in the area. “We’re all about supporting other local businesses and we feel like giving people the option to bring their own food in while enjoying our beers allows us to do that,” says Tarver II.


(April 17, 2014 — Dallas, TX) After months of anticipation, Dallas-based Malai Kitchen owners Braden and Yasmin Wages are excited to announce they’ve received their brewpub license and now offer three different house-brewed beers: Bia Hoi, a light Vietnamese rice lager; and a Thai-P-A, a medium-bodied IPA infused with refreshing Thai herbs; and a Thai One On seasonal rotator. Each beer is crafted to complement the robust flavors of Malai’s Southeast Asian cuisine.

                    “Yasmin and I discovered Bia Hoi on a trip to Hanoi, Vietnam in 2012. It’s light, refreshing, ridiculously cheap, and an integral part of the Vietnamese culture,” says Braden. “We wanted to share a version of it with our guests. And when we couldn’t find a domestic brewery to brew it for us, we decided to give it a try ourselves.”

                    Bia Hoi is made from a blend of barley and rice with light, Czech hops. It’s a lager with a clean, balanced flavor and cloudy, golden color. Its reduced secondary fermentation process produces the cloudy finish and enhances aromatics for complexity.

                    The Thai-P-A is a golden, medium-bodied IPA with a strong hop bitterness and undertones of lemongrass, kaffir lime, and galangal. These primary Thai flavors complement the bright hoppy flavor with its citrus aromas and a slight bite.

                    The Thai One On seasonal rotator will be Thai or Vietnamese takes on a various styles of beer and will change every two to three weeks. The first is a porter style with chocolate, coffee, and chili.

                    The beers will be served on tap at the restaurant. The Thai-P-A and Thai One On rotator are priced at and the Bia Hoi is – half the price of Malai’s other beers. Follow Malai Kitchen on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.



Lake George, NY – March 19, 2014 – The Adirondack Brewery has announced that it has planned a five-year, million expansion that will entail the construction of a distillery and tasting room, an events space and addition brewing and bottling facilities.

To accommodate the expansion, the Adirondack Brewery has purchased a four-acre lot connected to its Canada Street, Lake George location for .2 million, owner John Carr has announced. The site was purchased from the Off Track Betting Corporation, said Carr.

With the construction of a new plant on the property, Carr’s brewing and bottling capacities will triple, once the expansion is complete, Adirondack Brewery will produce 35,000 barrels of beer a year, said Carr.

The new distillery, which will be called High Peaks and produce whiskeys and rye under the brand name Cloud Splitter, will be the first distillery in Lake George.  Carr said he expects the distillery to produce 5,000 cases of spirits a year.  The plans include renovating the 8,000 square foot OTB building and installing the distillery operation behind a glass wall facing Canada Street.

Once remodeled, the High Peaks distillery will also include space for catered events, which will complement and serve events at the new festival space and conservation park opposite the site.

Visit Adirondack Pub & Brewery at 33 Canada Street in Lake George, New York, & (518)668-0002.


Sea Dog Brewing Company Opens New Brewery in Clearwater, Florida:  Grand Opening Thursday, April 10th

CLEARWATER, FL – (March 24, 2014) – Sea Dog Brewing Company has announced its grand opening date of Thursday, April 10th for its new 20-barrel brewing system.  This 20-barrel system hails from the Shipyard Brewport which used to operate at the Orlando International Airport as the world’s first airport microbrewery.  

“Demand for Shipyard and Sea Dog beer here in Florida has been very strong and the craft beer movement continues to grow,” said owner Fred Forsley.  “We are very excited to be part of that growth and to be brewing in Florida again.”

The Sea Dog in Clearwater is located at 26200 US Highway 19 North.  The April 10th grand opening will run from 3:00pm until closing.  Tours of the facility, tastings and live music will be held throughout the day.  Food and beverage specials will include:  50 cent oysters, two-for-one award-winning Portuguese Chowder, pints, house wines, signature drinks, and two-for-one select beers and spirits.

In addition, the Sea Dog Brew Pub in Orlando will celebrate its one year anniversary the weekend of April 26.  Details about that will be posted at as the date gets closer.


5th Annual Mayflower Brewing Company Open House Celebration 



In honor of American Craft Beer Week, we will be hosting our 5th Annual Mayflower Brewing Open House on Saturday May 17 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Please join us for a fun afternoon of beer, food and music, featuring local musicians The Jonny Bass Trio featuring Christina Moad. Local restaurants Nosh Tavern in Plymouth and The British Beer Company in Cedarville, will have delicious fare for purchase. We will be providing tours of the brewery and pouring samples of all of our beers, including the first batch of this year’s Mayflower Summer Rye Ale. For the first year pints will be available to purchase! 

Families are welcome. For adults there is a charge of payable at the door or in advance at MayflowerOpenHouse5. A valid form of Identification is required to enjoy our brews.

Cheers and hope to see you here!


Upcoming Events


17th – Mayflower Brewing Company Open House 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

30th – American Craft Beer Fest

31st – American Craft Beer Fest


13th – Hyper-Local Craft Beerfest at the Armory in Somerville, MA  

14th – Hyper-Local Craft Beerfest at the Armory in Somerville, MA  

23rd – Beer dinner at The Biltmore Bar and Grill in Newton Upper Falls.  Call (617) 527 -2550 for reservation   



Oregon Brewers Festival toasts 27th year of celebrating craft beer, adds a dozen European brewers to the mix


85,000 beer lovers from around the world will take part in the annual celebration of craft beer

PORTLAND, Ore. — On a sun-soaked July afternoon, there’s no better place to sip suds with friends than the Oregon Brewers Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals. Nearly 85,000 fans will travel from around the world to take part in the 27th annual event, which will run July 23 through July 27 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Wed. through Sat., and Noon to 7pm Sunday.
Admission into the festival grounds is free. In order to consume beer, purchase of a 2014 souvenir 12.8-ounce tasting glass is required and costs . Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full glass of beer, or one token for a taste. There are no advance tickets sold to the festival; all purchases are made on-site.
In the main tents, the Oregon Brewers Festival will serve up more than 30 beer styles from 86 craft breweries from around the country; there are 88 different beers served, one per brewery plus two gluten-free offerings. From Belgians to Braggots, Pales to Porters, Radlers to Reds and Sessions to Saisons, there’s a style for nearly every palate.

New this year, the Oregon Brewers Festival has invited eleven brewers from the Netherlands plus one from Germany to send over their beer to be featured in the festival’s Specialty Tent, an area where an additional four-dozen vintage, barrel aged, blends and esoteric one-offs are offered. The festival is also flying over the European brewers, who will be available for daily meet the brewer sessions at the event.
Dubbed NL to PDX (#NLtoPDX), the program started when festival director Art Larrance learned that Portland has a Friendship City relationship with the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Upon visiting, he discovered a growing craft brewing movement that reminded him of the Northwest craft beer industry in the 1980s; brewers who are just beginning to explore new flavors and styles.
“Featuring international brewers is a natural extension for the OBF,” explained Larrance. “We want to develop a long term cultural exchange and share our passion, knowledge and friendship with these brewers as part of a collective celebration of great craft beer.”
The Oregon Brewers Festival is first and foremost a celebration of beer, but the event also features five days of live music, food booths, craft vendors, homebrew demonstrations and industry displays. The Crater Lake Root Beer Garden provides complimentary handcrafted root beer to minors and designated drivers; minors are allowed into the event when accompanied by a parent.
The OBF encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take the Tri-Met MAX Light Rail, which has a station just one block away from the main entrance. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Bike Corral, where volunteers from Rotary Club of Portland–Westside’s Cycling 2 Serve Fellowship will watch over bikes for free (donations will benefit Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” efforts to eradicate polio worldwide). 


For a complete list of participating breweries and additional information, visit For high-res photos from past events, visit
The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has flourished, especially in Oregon, which currently has 166 brewing companies operating 207 brewing facilities in 66 cities in Oregon. Portland alone has 53 breweries — more than any other city in the world. The Portland metropolitan area is the largest craft brewing market in the US with the most number of breweries at 73. A study conducted at the 2013 Oregon Brewer Festival estimated the economic impact of the festival on the local economy to be .2 Million; it also showed that out-of-state and international visitors accounted for 52.5 percent of attendees. For more information about the Oregon Brewers Festival, visit

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