Omega Yeast produces fresh, high quality and pitch-ready liquid yeast for Probrewers and Homebrewers. We're a dedicated crew located in Chicago and St. Louis—a handful of microbiologists, homebrewers, professional brew staff and craft beer fans who have made it our express purpose to make brewing easier and better for everyone.

Be Fresh

We believe the best yeast is the freshest yeast. That's why our Probrew pitches are always custom made-to-order, and delivered the date you need them. And Homebrewers can find a selection of our vigorously healthy yeast at a local homebrew shop near you.

Be Curious

We believe in experimentation, innovation and questioning the status quo, which is why we produce over 75 strains, including common workhorse varieties and several unique ones that you can't find anywhere else. Our proprietary propagation method generates metabolically strong yeast cells, with consistent fermentation and optimized cell counts.

Be Helpful

As much as we love our yeast, we're just as proud of our people and service. We promise to make it easy for you to focus on brewing because we’re always here for you. Check out our resources or email us any questions—we're here to help.

We hope to work with you!

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Lance Shaner + Mark Schwarz

Founders

"We really love working with Omega. Every order is delivered on time, the yeast is always fresh and reliable, plus their staff is super knowledgeable and always willing to help.”

Sean Nolan, Honest Weight Artisan Beer, Orange, MA

"Omega is a fantastic yeast company and has become the sole provider for our brewery. With a wide range of top quality yeast, price, quick shipping and the best costumer support we have received from any other company, we believe Omega is a vital part to our growth."

Tommy Miller, Noble Rey Brewing Co., Dallas, TX

"Lance and crew at Omega are great, new place looks fantastic and the yeast is quality. Keep up the good work guys."

Cam Horn, Elmhurst Brewing Co., Chicago, IL

“The Omega lacto blend (OYL-605) worked exactly as advertised, and sourced 20 bbl's of un-hopped wort overnight to a pH of 3.4. We're very happy with the results, and will be using it again.”

Daniel, Le Castor Brewing Co., Rigaud, QC, Canada

"Omega has become a force in yeast supply for the craft brewing industry. Their offering reflects the needs of brewers in these dynamic and creative times. Also, when it comes to customer service, Lance and his team feel more like a partner than merely a yeast supplier."

Phil Wymore, Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, MO
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    Taylor Neal

    Yeast Propagation Technician

    Taylor, an Arizona native, is our Wort Production Master. You can typically find him manning the kettle, operating the forklift or fixing something. He spends his free time remodeling his home and teaching his daughter Lincoln Jane how to help.

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    Nate Gibbon

    Plant Manager

    Nate hails from Cleveland, OH. He enjoys cooking, Jiu Jitsu, and brewing with his favorite yeast strain (the beloved OYL-020 Belgian Ale R). Nate’s favorite music to play for our yeast? The Greatest Hits of Hall & Oates, of course.

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    Richard Ibarra

    Homebrew Master

    Richard is a Chicago native and recently made the career change to something he’s passionate about - beer.  He enjoys attending concerts and beer fests (obviously) and taking care of his pet tarantula, Sparkles.

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    Meredith Shaner

    Production Office Manager

    Meredith spends her time supporting the administrative side of the lab.  She is originally from the Chicago ‘burbs and previously worked in the nonprofit arts sector as a Fundraiser. Outside of work, Meredith enjoys hanging out with her husband, two daughters and cat!

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    Matt Glazier

    Production Manager

    Matt is a native of Illinois and holds a chemistry degree. But most importantly, he likes 3 things a lot: coffee, beer and Omega Yeast.  Matt’s hobbies include standing in line for beer, line drinking, and coffee roasting.

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    Adi Hastings

    Shipping Manager

    Adi was Omega’s very first employee in 2014, and he holds our record for most years of homebrewing experience! He’s a Portland, OR native and a former anthropology professor. He enjoys reggae covers of 1980’s hits and Turkish music, and he is a father of 4 (including twins!).

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    Demi Grounds

    Yeast Propagation Technician

    Demi was born and raised in the western Chicago suburbs and she came to Omega with some fantastic brewery experience. In her spare time, she takes part in an international postcard exchange. Demi has a (seriously) full house with three dogs, two cats, six snakes, a bearded dragon, and a tarantula named Blue.

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    Bianca Alley

    Lab Manager

    Bianca was born and raised in California, and quickly found a home at Omega after moving to Chicago. She’s our self-proclaimed “Queen of the Lab” and is a master at operating lab production. She loves homebrewing, candid photography, and her pride and joy is a puppy named Homer whom she’s trying to turn into the office dog (it’s not working out).

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    Lauren Fuentes

    Yeast Propagation Technician

    Lauren is a Chicago native who came to us from the pharmaceutical industry. She enjoys homebrewing, cooking, making kombucha and sourdough bread (yay yeast!).  Lauren is also an avid runner and she has a loud and loving cat named Tiny, and a spunky bearded dragon named Ziggy.

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    Nik Allen

    Yeast Propagation Technician

    Nik (not short for anything, just simply…Nik) was born and raised in Chicago. He volunteers every year for CHIDITAROD and raises money to support hunger advocacy. He plays the guitar and piano in his free time and occasionally plays in a band called the HOT COPS!

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    Danielle Sommer

    Sales Strategy Manager

    Danielle is Dublin born and St. Louis raised. She strategizes with Katie and Mark on the St. Louis team. Other than deep gazes at data, she loves experiencing the world through food and drink, and first fell in love with beer while working in the Czech Republic. Her weekends are ruled by epic craft beer fueled craft projects and podcasts. She’s excited to learn more by test brewing with these yeastie geniuses.

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    Katie Steht

    Brand Manager

    Katie is a St. Louis native and works out of our St. Louis business office.  Her hobbies include baking, napping, watching Teen Mom, and hanging out with her husband and toddler daughters, Lucy and Gwennie. Katie jumpstarts her day with a Nesquick chocolate milk every morning, and has for the past 15 years.

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    Mike Gretz

    Yeast Propagation Technician

    Mike is our resident Master Brewer with a diploma from the World Brewing Academy. He grew up in Philadelphia, studied music in college, and plays in the band Secondhand Sausage. He loves reading on the beach in the summer months, and he has an orange munchkin cat named April Mae.

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    Paige Smith

    Production Assistant

    Paige is a New Hampshire native with a biology degree and a passion for microbiology and beer!  She is seriously obsessed with birds and has volunteered rescuing those who were injured during migration.

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    Brett Koenig

    Chief Technology Officer

    Brett is a St. Louis native, and our resident computer science mastermind. In his free time, he's plays social kickball (too much for a grown adult) and takes care of his pet Shiba Inu named Calypso.  His favorite Omega Yeast strain is All the Bretts, obviously.

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    Keith Lacy

    Yeast Propagation Technician

    Keith was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Chicago over a decade ago, and has since developed an interest in an ever growing variety of craft beers. Working at Omega gives him a chance to combine his degree in biology and his love of beer.  He now lives in the Southwest ‘burbs with his wife where they invest their time and money in their two invisible children, Adequate Sleep and Fun Vacations, and explore different breweries along the way.

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    Now Hiring: Operations Specialist

    St. Louis Office