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  1. I've heard that you can recover and culture yeast from Sierra Nevada beers (in one of my brewing books......Brewmaster's Bible by Stephen Snyder....the recipe for "Quilters Irish Death", if you're interested) but I don't know if that means it is merely unpasteurized rather than bottle-conditioned. It's been a while since I've had any but I can't seem to recall it ever having a sediment, so I really can't say for sure.

    1. I think there are many. Look especially at the craft breweries' IPA's or other so-called pale ales. It'll usually tell you on the bottle.

      Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is probably the most well-known bottle-conditioned beer nationally; you can get it almost anywhere.

      1. Many of the Bell's beers.

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        1. re: Jim Dorsch

          Jim, any idea what yeast Bell's uses?

          1. re: hammerhead

            I'll see if I can find out, but my hunch is no one's talking.

            1. re: hammerhead

              Pretty sure Two-Hearted is bottle condition. The label on the neck should say that each bottle is topped off with yeast.

              I believe Bulldog's original wheat is also bottle conditioned

          2. AleSmith, Allagash, Russian River, and Lost Abbey are the ones I've had.

            1. Moylan's out of CA bottle conditions. I had their 2xIPA and Russian Stout, both fantastic.

              Ommegang bottle conditions.

              A few Avery products are, the Reverand for sure.
              If we include North America, then I would say Unibroue as well.

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              1. re: MVNYC

                I second MVNYC's choices (Ommegang and Unibroue) I haven't seen Sierra Nevada as bottle conditioned. Is that a special edition brew?

                1. re: baekster

                  I pretty sure all of their beers are BC. 20 years ago when I started homebrewing we used to culture the sediment and run multiple batches off of it. There seems to be much less sediment in the bottle these days.

              2. I've successfully cultured yeast from New Belgium years ago. So many beers are bottle conditioned, it would much easier to identify the traits which allow you to notice that they are... Sediment, floaties and such, but filtering has gotten so much better nowadays, they may still be live, but mostly flocc'ed out.

                1. Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat is just that, unfiltered and is bottle conditioned. There is plenty of sediment on the bottom of each bottle. And it is a good drinking beer.

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                  1. re: blantto

                    I wonder how many hefeweizens are bottle-conditioned and how many are carbonated in a tank before packaging.

                    1. re: Jim Dorsch

                      I know Schneider is bottled with the primary yeast, most of the rest are bottled with a lager yeast.

                  2. Hair of the Dog Adam, Fred and Rose are all bottle conditioned and wonderfully tasty brews.