About White Labs

White Labs Inc. Pure Yeast and Fermentation team members have been active in the American and worldwide craft brewing movements since the 1980s. The company, with headquarters in San Diego, Calif., and offices in Davis, Calif., Boulder, Colo., Chicago, Illinois, Copenhagen, Denmark and soon in Asheville, North Carolina, provides a wealth of services to brewers, winemakers, distillers and others in the fermentation business. 

Contact Us: For addresses and contact information, including technical help, click here.

Jobs: To review jobs at White Labs, click here.

Search: Search the White labs site here.

News: White Labs news here.

Charities: Causes supported by White Labs include the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and the the breast cancer fundraising team Beer for Boobs.

White Labs Yeast Guarantee: Find it here.

GMO Free: White Labs yeast is GMO free.

QC sheet: All White Labs yeast and enzymes, whether for commercial purposes or homebrew, is certified with a thorough QC analysis, and these reports are available on yeastman.com. Visit the site and click on the "Yeast QC Reports" button, or visit the lab section after you log in in, and enter your lot number. Or visit your order history and click on the lot number for your order. 

Our People (fuller listing of crew members here)

Chris White, Ph.D
Founder, President and CEO, White Labs
Chris is based in San Diego.

Chris White lives in San Diego, Calif., USA, where he serves as President and CEO of White Labs Inc. Chris founded White Labs in 1995 to manufacture yeast cultures and provide fermentation services to the brewing, wine, and distilling industries. Chris has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. While at Davis, Chris interned at Genentech Inc., the world's first biotechnology company. White is coauthor of Yeast: The Practical Guide To Beer Fermentation, co-designer of BrewMaster: The Craft Beer Game, and has published numerous articles on yeast, beer, and fermentation. Chris White was a lecturer in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at U.C. San Diego from 1999-2007, and is currently teaching in the Brewing Certificate Program at U.C. San Diego Extension. Chris was awarded the 2013 Recognition Award from the American Homebrewers Association. 

Lisa White
Vice President, White Labs
Lisa is based in San Diego.

Lisa White holds a B.S. in Cell Biology from the University of California, Davis, and conducted post graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego. Lisa received the American Society of Hematology Scholarship Award in 1995, and conducted research at the Komives Laboratory at U. C. San Diego. Lisa is a member of the American Society for Brewing Chemists.

Neva Parker
Head of Laboratory Operations, White Labs
Neva is based in San Diego.

Neva has been with the White Labs family since 2002.  She earned her bachelor's degree in microbiology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She became interested in beer while studying abroad in London when she attended the annual Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) festival. Neva manages laboratory operations and has been responsible for researching and developing new products and services, as well as speaking at several workshops and conferences, and publishing fermentation research. She is a member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, Master Brewers Associate of the Americas, and AHA homebrew club of the year for a seven-year streak, the Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity (QUAFF).  In her spare time, Neva enjoys spending time with her beer enthusiast husband, Glen, and her beautiful daughter, Ada (born in January of 2009). Her hobbies include cooking, eating, making up baby songs, brewing, organizing, and happy hour.

Troels Prahl
Head of Research and Development
Troels works at White Labs Copenhagen.

Troels Prahl holds a degree in biotechnology from University of Copenhagen, Denmark specializing in fermentation science. Passionate to improve product and process quality within the beer brewing industry, he has dedicated more than the last decade of his working life to brewing and fermentation science, focusing on its application in the commercial beer brewing industry in Europe, the United Kingdom and the U.S. In addition to consulting under his own business Ferm, based in Copenhagen, Prahl has worked closely with White Labs on yeast research and development project management since 2007. In recent years, he has presented at major technical conferences and taught technical classes with renowned brewing science schools, such as Siebel Institute, Chicago and the Scandinavian School of Brewing in Copenhagen. Prahl was also recognized as an award-winning head brewer during his time at London’s Camden Town Brewery from 2010-2011.

Kara Taylor
Analytical Laboratory Specialist
Kara is based in San Diego.
(858) 693.3441 ext 7359


Leah Dwyer
Analytical Lab Assistant, White Labs
Leah is based in San Diego.

Sharon Heredia
Office Manager, White Labs
Sharon is based in San Diego.

Sharon joined White Labs in 2002. She manages all daily functions of the corporate office in San Diego. Sharon updates databases, performs accurate and complete data entry, formats, and produces reports. She is responsible for preparing and processing accounts payables, accounts receivables and other office procedures. Prior to White Labs, Sharon earned her general business administration and clerical certifications from two education institutes accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. By being bilingual in Spanish/English, she can communicate with the growing number of international clients. Sharon is amazed by the beer industry and enjoys learning about new breweries and homebrew shops around the world. Her hobbies include interior design, reading, attending museums, theaters, and concerts.

Mike White
Communications Director, White Labs
Mike is based in Northern California.

Mike White joined White Labs in 2005 after working as a newspaper reporter in Northern California, Southern California and Alaska. Years prior he began publishing the company's newsletter Craft Beer Quarterly. In addition to publishing CBQ and other materials for the company, Mike maintains the Web site, administers the online ordering and tracking system, Yeastman, works with the customer service staff and attends trade shows and festivals.


Pam Marshall

Pam Marshall
Customer Service, White Labs, San Diego office.
(858) 693-3441 ext 7356

As Sales Administrator with White Labs, Pam enjoys working with many international customers as well as several larger domestic clients. She has been with White Labs for nearly 10 years total and is proud to have been a part of the company's growth and success over the years. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her grand kids, body surfing, playing softball, hiking, gardening and reading. She has also worked many years for the San Diego Padres. Beer and baseball - can't beat that!

Sarah Neel
Customer Service, White Labs, Colorado office
(858) 693-3441 ext. 7379

Sarah Neel joined White Labs in 2012 after going to the Master Brewers Program at the University of California in Davis. Sarah graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a double degree in Biology and Environmental Policy. Sarah became enthralled with beer in college when her and her now husband starting home brewing. After college, Sarah lived in England for 6 months giving her a new respect and love for English style Ales and Ciders. Sarah loves to hike, camp, home brew, garden and drink beer with her friends, family and two adorable dogs.

Ruben Peña
Customer Service, White Labs, San Diego office
(858) 527-7357 (Direct)

Ruben was born and raised in San Diego, and has worked in a large variety of customer-centric environments and is expanding his brewing knowledge at White Labs.

Farrida Strayer
Customer Service, White Labs, San Diego office
(858) 536-4587

Farrida joined the White Labs in November of 2014. She has a degree in Human Services Management from University of Phoenix, AZ and over 10 years of Sales and Customer Service within the Biomedical/Pharmaceutical industries. Working with White Labs, she has grown a deeper appreciation for the brewing process and hopes to learn more.  Her extracurricular activities include executive producing and assistant directing for independent film crews Fighting 517s and Slanted View crew, writing/reading, traveling, collecting and viewing movies, spending time with her family/dogs, volunteering at Solutions for Change (Vista, CA), and finishing up her education (she is graduating in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Communications)

Chris Porn
Customer Service, White Labs Colorado office
(858) 693-3441 ext. 7381

Chris Porn joined White Labs in 2014. Chris is a Graduate of the University of South Florida with a double degree in Biology and Psychology. She also holds a Master's degree in Environmental Science from Naropa University in Boulder, Colo. Chris and her husband have been brewing for over 15 years and are currently gearing up to take it pro, with three dogs by their side. She has traveled all over the world sticking her nose in every beer she comes across and is currently working on her BJCP and Cicerone certifications. 

Sara Hagerty 

Sales, White Labs Chicago

Megan Spicer 

Marketing Assistant and Event Coordinator, White Labs, San Diego office
(858) 693-3441 ext. 7367

Megan majored in Marketing at San Diego State University and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 2011. She began working in the industry in 2010 and found a love for craft brewing. Born and raised in San Diego, she is proud to see craft beer growing and thriving in her hometown. "Since I organize and attend many of our events, I hope to see you all soon!" she said.