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Lambic / wild yeast style beer in SF

kojikiri Mar 23, 2007 05:49 AM

Coming up on my first visit to San Francisco (one night only) and figured, if the sourdough is so good and unique, then a wild yeast beer should have a good unique flavor. Any recommendations?
Thank you

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  1. ted RE: kojikiri Mar 23, 2007 05:52 AM

    You could visit Toronado and get a Cantillon or Liefman's Goudenband on draft. I'd skip the Lindeman's.


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      kojikiri RE: ted Mar 23, 2007 06:50 AM

      Anything local (not Belgian)? I think to pick up the wild yeast it'd have to be brewed there.
      Thank you so much for your quick response.

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        Josh RE: kojikiri Mar 23, 2007 10:04 AM

        You should be able to find Russian River beers there. Temptation, Supplication, and Beatification are all sour beers they produce.

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      afty698 RE: kojikiri Mar 23, 2007 09:36 AM

      Here is a list from BeerAdvocate of several American Wild Ales (beers that are introduced to "wild" yeast or bacteria):

      Both Russian River and Pizza Port should be readily available in the SF area.

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        jpschust RE: afty698 Mar 26, 2007 04:47 AM

        Out of curiosity, do you happen to know which of these are getting exclusively airborne yeasts? Cantillon is the only beer I know of that exclusively uses these.

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          Josh RE: jpschust Mar 26, 2007 08:26 AM

          The thing about airborne yeast is that it takes away the brewers control over the taste of the final product. In the case of Russian River, he sells his barrel-aged beers at a decent price, so I think he's a little more deliberate about what goes into the beer. You want to be able to predict how the flavor's going to come out, or at least make an educated guess.

          Since the traditional beers employ known bacteria like lactobacillus, pediococcus, and brettanomyces, it's possible to use these bacteria from a lab, and still get the same wild flavors.

          Also, traditional lambic producers in Belgium age their beer in old oak casks, which is one way of ensuring some consistency of flavor, since bugs live in those casks.

          I think Haansens Artisinaal is another wild yeast brewer.

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