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kolsch style beer by any other name...

mr mouther Jul 28, 2006 08:28 PM

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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    LStaff Jul 30, 2006 03:21 PM

    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.

    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/85

    1. Jim Dorsch Jul 29, 2006 11:15 AM

      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.

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        brentk Jul 28, 2006 08:53 PM

        Harpoon Summer Beer is a pretty nice Kölsch, 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.

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