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Are there any bottled conditioned US beers?

Chinon00 Dec 9, 2007 10:21 AM


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    algorithmnation Dec 9, 2007 11:12 AM

    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. Xiao Yang Dec 9, 2007 12:16 PM

      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. Jim Dorsch Dec 9, 2007 12:55 PM

        Many of the Bell's beers.

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          hammerhead Dec 11, 2007 04:47 PM

          Jim, any idea what yeast Bell's uses?

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            Jim Dorsch Dec 12, 2007 04:28 AM

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

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              mplsmike Dec 12, 2007 08:54 AM

              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. Josh Dec 9, 2007 04:01 PM

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

            1. MVNYC Dec 9, 2007 05:02 PM

              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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                baekster Dec 11, 2007 04:30 PM

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

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                  hammerhead Dec 11, 2007 04:59 PM

                  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.

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                bigchow Dec 12, 2007 10:17 AM

                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.

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                  blantto Dec 29, 2007 11:44 AM

                  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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                    Jim Dorsch Dec 29, 2007 03:11 PM

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

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                      niquejim Dec 30, 2007 03:26 PM

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

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                    Moonshine717 Dec 31, 2007 09:09 AM

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

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