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It’s been said by brewers that no singular ingredient has more influence on a beer’s flavor than yeast. One of my sources went so far as to say yeast accounts for roughly 90% of a brew’s overall taste profile. Yet, few beer drinkers know much about it. It’s like a foodie knowing zilch about the contents of the spice aisle at their local grocer.

Unless you’re a brewer, there are few opportunities to get down and get familiar with yeast. So, it’s notable that a brew-free opportunity to get one’s brain and taste buds around the medium will be presented on Tuesday, December 13 in Little Italy. Bottlecraft, a combination beer store and tasting bar, will host Neva Parker, the Head of Laboratory Operations for White Labs, a Miramar-based company that’s the largest yeast producer in Southern California. She will guide guests through a tasting of six beers crafted using different varieties of yeast, providing the scientific what, how and why about yeast’s effects on each brew.

Parker provided a similar presentation at Sea Rocket Bistro during San Diego Beer Week, and it was easily one of the most interesting and educational events during that 10-day span. The class will take place at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 and includes six four-ounce tasters of beer. Bottlecraft is located at 2161 India Street.

photo source: bottlecraft.com

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