Walk on the Wild Side With Beer Made From Wasp Yeast

An Oriental Paper Wasp tending the brood cells of its nest in a palm.

An Oriental Paper Wasp tending the brood cells of its nest in a palm.

In 2014, the North Carolina Science Festival coincided with the World Beer Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. That overlap prompted Jonathan Frederick, director of the science festival, to ask Sheppard about creating a special exhibit on the science of beer—specifically, on fermenting beer with wild, unknown yeasts. Frederick suggested that Sheppard reach out to Robert Dunn, a biological sciences professor at North Carolina State University, and the rest is history.

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