Lager brewing is technical and unforgiving, but today’s independent brewers are taking up the challenge and employing horizontal lagering tanks, vessels more common in the breweries of the world’s biggest brands, to keep their yeast happy.

Fort Collins CO, May 8, 2019 — The old adage that “brewers make wort, yeast makes beer” undersells the role the brewers have in taking care of their microbial coworkers. Brewers don’t just make wort; they also tend, nurture, and cultivate the yeast that’s at the heart of every brewery. And over the past few decades, America’s independent brewers have gotten good at working with yeast—ale yeast at least.

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