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Lakefront Brewery – Organic E.S.B.

By Joe Ruvel · July 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was in a grocery store that had a lot of organic produce. Walking around to the small wine and beer selection, I see a bunch of organic beers. The usual Bay Area (and beyond) ones are there. In the back there was also a surprising one – Lakefront Brewery’s Organic E.S.B. from Milwaukee. I picked one up and put it in the fridge. Last week, I brought it (among a bunch of other beers) to a party in my building. Everyone liked it. A fine E.S.B. – the malt was rich but still refreshing – the hops had a nice citrus flavor but also provided a nice bitterness. Overall a great beer for a summer night.

It looks like there might be some new distribution of this and other organic beers here in the Bay Area. I have since seen this beer at my local corner organic grocery – and for the bargain price of $6.99. The Oktoberfest (which I don’t think is organic) was also there – I am hesitant to try an Oktoberfest in the middle of summer – so for now I am sticking to the E.S.B.

Tags: Tastings

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bill Hansen // Jul 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I’ve been a fan of Lakefront for about 10 years now, and I’m 99% that Oktoberfest you are seeing is almost one year old. They brew it once a year, and it’s typically released in late August or early September. There are also marks on the side of the label that indicate what month and week it was bottled. So if it says 3rd week in August, you know it’s old. Also, Lakefront does not pasturize their beer, so it needs to be stored cool. If that Oktoberfest is sitting out at room temp in the store, I wouldn’t buy it, but look around later in the summer for fresh stuff, since it’s worth a try.

  • 2 Joe Ruvel // Jul 15, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for the tips Bill – I have a feeling that you are right on both counts. At least both places had some E.S.B. in the fridge.