As its ‘Friyay’ and we all excited about the ensuing weekend where we get to let our hair down and just chill out with a couple of beers.

I thought it would only be appropriate to give you something to look forward too with regards to the world of beer.

Lately, the world of beer has been evolving as craft beers were introduced and exploded onto the market, as innovative breweries popping up with new, tasty beers with lavish names. ‘From IPAs and Belgian wheat’s to stouts and porters’, however one has managed to stay true to its form – the lager but that is all about to change.

A newly unearthed yeast strain will allow brewers to create better tasting lagers for people to enjoy, by researchers at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland in the city of Espoo; which allows for brewers to change up their lager recipes.

“The strain was discovered in 2011 by Diego Libkind, who identified Saccharomyces eubayanus growing in the wild forests of Patagonia,” as most lagers are originally made with Saccharomyces pastorianus, a yeast species.

Brian Gibson, who studies the tasteful art of brewing yeasts at the VTT Technical Research Center, headed up a team to create hybrids of S. cerevisiae and S. eubayanus. They found that these hybrids far outweighed the performance of their parents which created better tasting lagers with a faster production of alcohol and an increased concentration.

“The team made 4-vinylguaiacol, which featured flavours more reminiscent of a Belgian wheat beer. The beers have a clovey aroma. It’s actually quite nice but maybe something we don’t always want. The idea is to have a whole range of strains, and you just pick and choose”, says Brian Gibson.

The team has shifted their focus since finding that these lagers are tasteful to inventing new yeast matchups that could make beer ‘lil less calorie filled.

Wondering when you could taste this new lager? According to Gibson, “It should be relatively soon, since building a wide variety of lager strains is a simple task.”

Exciting times indeed for brewers and beer lovers alike, who shall wait with bated breathe.

Sources: Medical Daily

Alice Paulse