About

RVA Yeast Labs provides the freshest brewing yeast and souring bacteria to breweries, wineries and homebrewers in Virginia and beyond.

With a masters of science in chemical ecology and experience teaching biology, founder Malachy McKenna’s attention to the scientific aspect of brewing was inevitable. 

Since 2013, McKenna has used his expertise in brewing and science to offer brewers “The Freshest Yeast for Optimal Fermentation” – the company’s tag line.

RVA Yeast Labs is located in the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park in Richmond, Virginia, the heart of a growing beer destination and community.

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Our misson

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Help breweries develop terroir in their beers through our native capture program and by continuing to develop strains of yeast found growing wild throughout the region.

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Cement and grow Richmond, Virginia's place in the international brewing landscape.

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Provide traditional and unique species and strains of brewing microbes.

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Provide home brewers with a truly sufficient pitch of over 200 billion cells that are "Ready for Wort".