Daily News: Seeking the Perfect Beer Yeast, The Story Behind a Brazen Group of Bootleggers

Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:

– In a Belgian lab, 30,000 strains of yeast are being used for crossbreeding in search of the best type for brewing.

A group of Saudi Arabian bootleggers stored their illegal product in the house of the state’s highest religious official.

– Philippe Martin is bringing the practice of making absinthe back to Switzerland following a nearly century-long ban.

– Following an investigation into the Craft Brewers Guild, federal regulators will be cracking down on the “pay-to-play” practice in the beer industry.

– Finally, Eric Asimov reflects on the state of natural wine after visiting Brooklyn’s RAW Wine fair.

[Photo: Flickr/Adam Barhan]