|Closeup of Saccharomyces cerevisiae |
When magnified a whole bunch of times,
as pictured above, it becomes apparent that
this little guy and billions of buddies do their business
with a smile after being pitched into the brew kettle.
Scientific Name: Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Translation: "Saccharomyces" is geek speak for "sugar mold" or "sugar fungus," and Cerevisiae means "of beer."
Nickname: Mr. Happy, a.k.a. Brewer's yeast
Purpose on Earth: To magically convert sugar into alcohol
Size: Really, really small; in fact, even smaller than a flyspeck
Economic Impact: Really, really large--$2.4 billion dollars a year in the Oregon craft beer business