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Jul 28, 2006 08:28 PM

kolsch style beer by any other name...

I love kolsch style beer but find it hard to track down in the states (southerncal specifically.) I've heard it can go by a couyple different names here, like "blonde." Well, I tried a couple beers with the blonde tag, and those were not what I was looking for. Any other ideas or sources for available kolsch drinking?

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  1. Harpoon Summer Beer is a pretty nice K├Âlsch, although I'm not sure if it's available in your area.

    While I don't like it nearly as much as the Harpoon, Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale, which is brewed in San Diego should be locally available. When I was in San Diego earlier this year, I tasted it on tap not knowing it was not a Pale Ale, and thought I had been served the wrong beer.

    1. Brewpubs will often brew a Koelsch, but as you allude, won't always call it that, I think because patrons sometimes don't what that is.

      1. As far as I know only two are imported into the US from Cologne- Reissdorf and Gaffel.

        Local breweries and brewpubs will probably be your best bet.

        Here is a list of Kolsches, maybe you will recognize a place that is local to you or distributes in your area.