Heavy Hops Ep. 088: Hybrid Strains (Lance Shaner/Omega Yeast Lab)

Joining me this week is Lance Shaner, founder of Omega Yeast Lab in Chicago. A microbiologist by training and former patent attorney, Lance’s analytical approach to creating hybrid yeast strains for breweries was groundbreaking from the inception of Omega Yeast in 2013. We discuss how Lance approaches creating these hybrid strains of yeast, and we give special attention to Omega’s Hothead – the first commercially produced Kveik strain available in North America. As the yeast lab that has always seemed to be a step ahead of the beer industry I was curious to know where he finds inspiration, how he works with hop growers and brewers to better understand their challenges, and where he can provide a solution. We also tie together music and beer, how does Lance square his musical and professional pursuits?

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Music by: Sam Cangelosi

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