Oregon House: Brewer's yeast should be state microbe

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The state Legislature is considering honoring brewer's yeast as the state microbe.

Resolution sponsor Rep. Mark Johnson says there's a craft brewery in every legislative district. But an investigation by The Oregonian newspaper has found there are three districts that remain thirsty for a licensed brewery.

House District 17, which covers Stayton, Lebanon and Scio; House District 47, which covers a large portion of East Portland; and House District 4, which covers Central Point, White City and Eagle Point, all lack a licensed brewery.

The House has already approved the resolution and now the measure is before the Senate.

Johnson says designating brewer's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) as the state microbe is a salute to the economic impact it has had on the state's economy.