Local Yeast Project

The french call it “terroir”, we call it the Local Yeast Project.

If you want to make a beer truly local, you’ve got to have a local yeast.

Lucky for you, every city across the U.S. is chock full of wild yeast ready and willing to make a lunch out of your barley sugar.

Bootleg Biology is the first organization to pioneer the collection and cultivation of official yeast strains for U.S. cities and states as part of the Local Yeast Project, beginning with the original S. Arlingtonesis.

Now you can finally make a beer style that is totally unique to where you live or other parts of the country, since the characteristics of each local yeast will impart a taste and aroma unlike any other.

Check out our DIYeast section, pick up a Backyard Yeast Wrangling Tool Kit and you’ll be armed with all the techniques and equipment you need to capture and contribute your own local yeast!

Here are the Local Yeast Project strains Bootleg Biology currently has available, with many more in the pipeline:

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Catalog Culture Name Contributor Source Capture Year Capture Method Capture Location Description
BB20012A DCY02 DC Yeast Lab DCambic Open Air 2013 Washington, DC Funky/wild
BB20012B DCY03 DC Yeast Lab DCambic Open Air 2013 Washington, DC Funky/wild
BB20147 Jasperyeast-1 jasperyeast Virginia Wild Yeast Screen Open Air 2013 Ashburn, VA Clean fermenting
BB22204 S. arlingtonesis @melloknows Arlington Backyard Garden Open Air 2013 Arlington, VA Clean fermenting
BB28746A Lady of the Lake A @melloknows Wild blackberries Fruit 2013 Lake Lure, NC TBD
BB28746B Lady of the Lake B @melloknows Wild blackberries Fruit 2013 Lake Lure, NC TBD
BB37203 Acklen Daffodil @melloknows Nashville Backyard Daffodil Flower Flora 2014 Nashville, TN TBD
BB37212 Music City Myces @melloknows Elderberry fruit from S Nashville Wildlife Sanctuary Fruit 2013 Nashville, TN TBD
BB37218 Nashville Nectar Art Whitaker Nashville Nectarine Flower Flora 2014 Nashville, TN TBD
BB42101A KY Coolship A Devin Bell Coolship Open Air 2014 Bowling Green, KY Clean fermenting
BB42101B KY Coolship B Devin Bell Coolship Open Air 2014 Bowling Green, KY Funky/wild
BB66209 Kansas Blues Michael Crane Kansas Blueberry Fruit 2013 Leawood, KS Funky/wild
BB77573A League City Coolship A Curtis Frodge Coolship Open Air 2014 League City, TX Clean fermenting
BB77573B League City Coolship B Curtis Frodge Coolship Open Air 2014 League City, TX Funky/wild
BB78753A Spruce Berry A Spent Planet Fermentation Spruce Berry Fruit 2013 Austin, TX Clean fermenting
BB78753B Spruce Berry B Spent Planet Fermentation Spruce Berry Fruit 2013 Austin, TX Funky/wild
BB80907A C.Springs A @melloknows Backyard Garden Berries Fruit 2013 Colorado Springs, CO Clean fermenting
BB80907B C.Springs B @melloknows Backyard Garden Berries Fruit 2013 Colorado Springs, CO Clean fermenting
BB80907C Honey Lee @melloknows Colorado Backyard Honey Honey 2012 Colorado Springs, CO Funky/wild
BB85283 Citrico de Tempe @melloknows Backyard Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit & Pomegranate Fruit Swab 2013 Tempe, AZ TBD
BB85553A Desert Santa @melloknows Christmas Cactus Fruit 2013 Tonto National Forest, AZ TBD
BB85553B Saguaro @melloknows Saguaro Cactus Swab 2013 Tonto National Forest, AZ TBD
BB98225 Bellingham Blackberry Todd Quessenberry Wild Blackberry Fruit 2013 Bellingham, WA TBD
BBBG01 Balkan Red Vladimir Mollov Family Grape Vineyard Fruit 2013 Bulgaria TBD
BBBG02 Balkan Green Vladimir Mollov Family Grape Vineyard Fruit 2013 Bulgaria TBD
BBIT01 Juju 1 Matteo Vecchi Jujuba Fruit Fruit 2014 San Giovanni in Persiceto, Bologna, Italy TBD
BBIT03 Juju 3 Matteo Vecchi Jujuba Fruit Fruit 2014 San Giovanni in Persiceto, Bologna, Italy TBD
BBPT01 Salto do Prego @melloknows Wild berries/apple Fruit 2013 Faial da Terra, Sao Miguel (Azores), Portugal TBD

 

San Giovanni in Persiceto

“Bellingham, WA”