Escarpment Laboratories to Offer First Commercial Sales of Ontario-Developed Brewer’s Yeasts


GUELPH, ON – Two grad students from the University of Guelph are getting set to officially launch a business that will provide Ontario-made liquid yeasts to Canadian breweries for the first time.

Escarpment Laboratories has been founded by Richard Preiss and Angus Ross, with assistance from U of G professor Dr. George van der Merwe and Niagara College Brewmaster Program instructor Nate Ferguson, and funding from the University’s Gryphon’s LAAIR (Leading to Accelerated Adoption of Innovative Research) program as well as start-up support from the Hub Incubator program.

After several months of experimenting with a number of isolated yeast strains in conjunction with a few breweries – including Royal City in Guelph, Habits Nanobrewery in Toronto, and Two Sergeants in Fort Saskatchewan – the company is now close to offering commercial sales of both wild/local and traditional yeasts to craft breweries in Ontario and throughout Canada.

For more details on Escarpment Laboratories and its products, see this profile on AgInnovation Ontario, as well as the company’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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