CAN I BUY THIS YEAST SPECIES ANYWHERE ELSE on the planet?
No. Our company has the exclusive patent on the use of this yeast species for non-grape fermentation beverages.
Are these yeast ale, lager, or Brett strains?
None of the above. This is an entirely different genus of yeast. It behaves like an ale yeast that can make sour beer. Yes, that's right, sour beer.
I want to be the only brewery in my region with access to this yeast. Is that possible?
Yes. We are currently open to exclusive licensing opportunities.
ARE THESE YEAST LIKELY TO CONTAMINATE/INFECT MY OTHER BEERS?
No. Unlike many wild yeast, our strains are not likely to out compete standard brewing strains. Standard cleaning practices are all that are necessary.
Has this yeast been used for commercial beer production?
Yes. This yeast has produced commercially available beers in North Carolina and we have 100% satisfaction from our brewery customers. See this page for details on where you can try them.
Can this yeast really make a sour beer without bacteria or other souring agents?
Yes. This yeast has the ability to create both the alcohol and the lactic acid of a sour beer, without aging or the addition of other microorganisms.
Can these yeast make strong (high % ABV) beers?
Yes. These yeast can make beers with 10% ABV using high gravity wort.
CAN THESE YEAST MAKE low % ABV BEERS?
Yes. These yeast can make beers with low ABV that are highly drinkable.
Are these yeast GMO?
No. These yeast are all natural and have not been genetically modified.
These yeast came from insects...should I be worried about allergies to bees?
No. These yeast have been isolated from insects, but no insect parts are used in the making of the beer, nor in the propagation of the yeast.
Are the flavors in these beers as good as people say they are?
can I use these yeast for making Cider?
How long does it take for these yeast to make a sour beer?
These yeast can make sour beers with a pH of 3.1 under standard ale yeast fermentation times (two weeks).
Do these yeast play well with hops?
Yes! These yeast can produce mouth-wateringly tart IPAs if desired, or IPAs with touches of honey or fruit flavors— no fruit or honey needed.
CAN I tell my patrons the adventure story of these yeast?
Yes! We find that people are excited to learn that they are drinking a beer that came from a yeast inside insects. They get to share in the adventure.
Where can I learn more about this yeast and the story of wasp beer?
Learn more about the story of wasp beer from the TEDx Talk "On the Future of Flavor" by co-inventor, Dr. Anne A. Madden. Read more about how this research developed at North Carolina State University. Learn more about Dr. Madden and Dr. Sheppard's hunt for wild yeast here.
WHERE CAN I GET BEER MADE FROM THIS YEAST?
Keep checking back for updates, or follow us on social media for up-to-date locations on which breweries are using this yeast to make better beer.
Do you license these yeast to home brewers?
Sadly, not yet. But keep checking back to see if our licensing structure changes.