Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2015 Regional Award Winner


Escarpment Laboratories

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Richard Preiss, Angus Ross, MPP Kathryn McGarry

Richard Preiss, Angus Ross, MPP Kathryn McGarry

You can't make beer without yeast - the microscopic beasties that create both the alcohol and much of the flavour in your favourite brew. Until recently, however, Ontario's craft breweries had to rely on yeast. Not anymore. Guelph's Escarpment Laboratories now offers a local supply of yeasts, from tried-and-true classics to new, made-in-Ontario strains like "Wild Thing": ale yeast isolated from a local apple orchard. Escarpment Laboratories will even work with breweries to develop custom blends for truly unique flavours. Currently, the company sells 20 different strains and blends, with several hundred more in development. To meet demand, Escarpment Laboratories is planning to increase its production capacity 10-fold in the coming years, helping the province's breweries produce 100 per cent local beer.

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