Carey Institute Hosts Yeast Management Workshop for Small-Scale Breweries


Intensive weekend program will explore wild & cultivated fermentation with national experts

All small-scale breweries and homebrewers interested in expanding are invited to attend Helderberg Brewery Incubator’s Yeast Management Workshop at the Carey Institute for Global Good March 11–13 in Rensselaerville.

The workshop will explore the ins and outs of brewer’s yeast, including wild and cultivated fermentation. Featured speakers include Neva Parker, Vice President of Operations at White Labs—the country’s premier supplier of brewer’s yeast; Hutch Kugeman, head brewer for Brooklyn Brewery at the Culinary Institute of America; Derek Dellinger, head brewer at Kent Falls Brewing Co.; and Rich Michaels, manager of quality control and innovation at F.X. Matt, known for their Saranac line of beers.

Yeast is often overlooked in conversations about brewing, as hops and grains are more well-known ingredients. However, yeast offers more opportunity for innovation and flavor differentiation than any other component of beer. By leveraging yeast, brewers are able to craft better, more unique beers.

“Yeast management is fundamental to brewing good beer,” said Rebecca Platel, manager ofHelderberg Brewery. “It’s one area where brewers can get creative and experiment to great success. We’re looking forward to bringing some of the most well-respected experts on brewer’s yeast in the nation to Helderberg Brewery and the Carey Institute.”

The intensive weekend event will feature in-depth workshops, networking, tastings, a panel discussion and a tour of Helderberg Brewery. Topics to be addressed include yeast handling and care; cell counts and pitching; microflora and spontaneous fermentation; best practices for handling brewer’s yeast; and more.

Helderberg Brewery Incubator is hosting the yeast workshop in response to brewer’s requests for more knowledge and education around the topic. Both full-weekend and individual workshop packages are available. Accommodations are offered on the Carey Institute’s historic 100-acre campus. For a full schedule and price list visit:

Helderberg Brewery Incubator is an initiative of the Carey Institute for Global Good’s Sustainable Communities program.

The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. P. Carey and is dedicated to making the world better by contributing to a strong, educated and just society. Through its programs, the Institute strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day.