Jefferson Lab’s Super Science Inspires Tradition Brewing to Create Superhero-Themed Beer

  • Quark Kent is the first Jefferson Lab inspired beer by Tradition Brewing

The hazy IPA, aptly named Quark Kent, is a nod to the superconducting radiofrequency science performed at the lab

Tradition Brewing Company and Jefferson Lab are located just mere blocks from each other, so when scientists, engineers, technicians and other lab employees began frequenting the brewery after work, interest among Tradition staff piqued. What kind of science was happening at Jefferson Lab?

The science conducted at Jefferson Lab, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, focuses on the building blocks of matter. These studies often focus on quarks, which are found inside the atom’s protons and neutrons.

As brewery staff learned more about the lab down the street, they became inspired by its science, technology, and the people who make it happen. In honor of the lab’s research, Tradition began planning a series of lab-inspired beers. The study of quarks at the lab influenced the name of the debut brew.

Quark Kent is brewed using Galaxy and Simcoe hops, which feature stone fruit nuances such as peach and apricot. The Australian hop, Galaxy, brings juiciness and a citric zing, while the lesser amount of Simcoe hops, grown in Washington state, balances out the fruity profile with an essence of earthy pine. 

“We love to brew beer that has local inspiration and comraderie at its core. Jefferson Lab is such an integral institution in our city, our state and worldwide that we believe everyone involved deserves to kick back at the end of the day and enjoy a beer that has been dedicated to their hard work,” said Abbie Brehm, a brewer at Tradition Brewing Company.

Quark Kent will be made available to the public on Friday, Oct. 22, at Tradition Brewing Company. The brewery is located 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606. The brew may also be found after that date in stores locally where beer is sold.

Contact: Rebecca Duckett, Jefferson Lab Communications Office,


Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, a joint venture of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. and PAE, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

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