Brewer's Ed

A First Edition

In honor of the Craft Brewers Conference this month, we published a first edition of Top Crop in print. There are a few great ways to peruse its packed pages even if you didn't pick up a hard copy.

By Top Crop

May 17, 2023

The Full Spread

Ready to dive in? Just keep scrolling to peruse featured articles on thiols, diacetyl, ALDC, and new foundations in haze. There’s even a brewers’ crossword, and more.

Don’t want to miss out on the fun of a hard copy? Get this edition delivered to your door for just 50¢ from our shop. Also available for download.


What's up with Thiols?

Choose your own adventure

What are they and where do they come from? Whether it’s where to start or how to fine-tune, here’s more of the science and sensory. Read it


Diacetyl Control

Diacetyl and Hop Creep

What is diacetyl, how does it play into hop creep and what are some of the ways brewers can mitigate its effects? Read it

Controlling Diacetyl with ALDC

An advantage of ALDC-capable yeast is eliminating diacetyl before it starts without having to add a separate enzyme. Taking diacetyl off the table can help with some of the effects of hop creep. Read it


Crazy for Hazy

Yeast and Haze

The kind of stable haze we’re talking about does not come from yeast in suspension, but yeast may have a lot more to do with it than you realize. Build on knowledge of haze and its sources. Read it


The Breakroom

Wort Play

Pass the time with a brewing-centric crossword. Solve the puzzle

Bianca Yeast Love

Photographed by Lisa Beck

Yeast <3 Top Crop

Orders & Process Coordinator (and resident yeast plate artist) Bianca Alley starts with a blank WLN plate and draws anything from seasonal art to personal portraits. Here we can observe a yeast colony taking up the bromocresol green dye as it develops and grows into a perfect rendition of the Top Crop logo. Read about Bianca’s process.

Comic Strip - Diacetyl

Written by Laura Burns; illustrated by Dexter Stevens.

Yeast Strain: Dry Hop Edition

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