A type of yeast found on bees is the first new yeast in 600 years that can be used to brew a traditional beer. The yeast responsible for this bumblebeer are under study at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In another quest for better beer, a published high-resolution map of the barley genome opens avenues for barley breeders to grow better barley. A better barley strain could mean better beers.
The Beers and the Bees: Pollinators Provide a Different Kind of Brewer’s Yeast – Scientific American
A New Sequence of Barley Genome Could Open Taps on Better Beer – Wired