Scientists Discovered the “Missing Link” of Beer Brewing

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    Mystery
    solved! Scientists have discovered the “missing link” in beer
    brewing. Ladies and gents, take a good look at the orange-colored galls
    on the beech tree to your left: they were found to harbor the specific
    strain of yeast that makes lager beer possible.

    How did lager beer come to be? After pondering the question for
    decades, scientists have found that an elusive species of yeast isolated
    in the forests of Argentina was key to the invention of the crisp-tasting
    German beer 600 years ago.

    It took a five-year search around the world before a scientific
    team discovered, identified and named the organism, a species of wild
    yeast called Saccharomyces eubayanus that lives on beech trees.

    “We knew it had to be out there somewhere,” said Chris
    Todd Hittinger, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    and a coauthor of the report published Monday in the Proceedings of
    the National Academies of Sciences.

    I assume the scientists appropriately celebrated their discovery with
    a few pints: Link
    (Photo: Diego Libkind)

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    Fun Facts: Beer

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    Scientists Discovered the “Missing Link” of Beer Brewing

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