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. You could be the next yeast wrangler featured on our Capture Board!

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 Method Capture Year 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 Jeff Mello Backyard Garden Coolship Open Air 2013 Arlington, VA Clean fermenting
BB28746A Lady of the Lake A Jeff Mello Wild blackberries Fruit 2013 Lake Lure, NC Clean fermenting
BB28746B Lady of the Lake B Jeff Mello Wild blackberries Fruit 2013 Lake Lure, NC Clean fermenting
BB37203 Acklen Daffodil Jeff Mello Nashville Backyard Daffodil Flower Flora 2014 Nashville, TN Clean fermenting
BB37212 Music City Myces Jeff Mello Elderberry fruit from S Nashville Wildlife Sanctuary Fruit 2013 Nashville, TN Clean fermenting
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 Jeff Mello Backyard Garden Berries Fruit 2013 Colorado Springs, CO Clean fermenting
BB80907B C.Springs B Jeff Mello Backyard Garden Berries Fruit 2013 Colorado Springs, CO Clean fermenting
BB80907C Honey Lee (Blend) Jeff Mello Colorado Backyard Honey Honey 2012 Colorado Springs, CO Funky/wild
BB85283 Citrico de Tempe Jeff Mello Backyard Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit & Pomegranate Fruit Swab 2013 Tempe, AZ Clean fermenting
BB85553A Desert Santa Jeff Mello Christmas Cactus Fruit 2013 Tonto National Forest, AZ Clean fermenting
BB98225 Bellingham Blackberry Todd Quessenberry Wild Blackberry Fruit 2013 Bellingham, WA Clean fermenting