Who makes the best American "Lambic"?

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beers 42 º 15:34 Mon 4/2/2012

So whether you should technically call it lambic or not, what other American brewers are making lambic? and who is doing the best job?

I think the obvious answer is Russian River with their Sonambic (Lambic) that makes Beatification (Geuze).

Other than them, I can only think of Upland, New Glarus, and now Southampton who have made a "lambic".

beers 77 º places 15 º 15:38 Mon 4/2/2012

Lost abbey and Isabelle Proximus is probably the best American lambic style beer I’ve had. Duck Duck Gooze isn’t bad either.

places 1 º 15:40 Mon 4/2/2012

Are you defining it by spontaneous fermentation? or by tasting lambic-like?

Here are some breweries doing spontaneous fermentation: Allagash, Grey Parrot (not sure if they are still in business), Block 15, Midnight Sun.

beers 42 º 15:42 Mon 4/2/2012

Yes, LA did a great job with Isabelle and DDG. It just has been a long time since they’ve made a lambic, I’m not sure I would say they make it anymore?

Also, I can’t believe I forgot about Allagash’s Coolship series. I know those are spontaneously fermented, but are they also brewed as a Lambic is?

places 1 º 15:47 Mon 4/2/2012

you mean like high portion of unmalted wheat, aged hops, a turbid mash, aged in spent barrels? If so I’m not sure.

beers 11402 º places 464 º 15:50 Mon 4/2/2012

Jolly Pumpkin and New Glarus have made them, no?

beers 999 º places 47 º 15:52 Mon 4/2/2012

I havent had that many american lambic mikic beers, but when i hadd isabella recently, im pretty sure (without checking) that i said "this just is gueuze". I remember it being not only a legit lambic beer, but also a very beautiful approach. Id love to have the time and money to acquire some more of the top tier american attempts

beers 1307 º places 37 º 15:53 Mon 4/2/2012

Doesn’t the Bruery also have one ? GFAR ?

beers 1606 º places 115 º 15:54 Mon 4/2/2012

Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic

By that I mean New Glarus Cran-bic.

beers 2178 º 15:56 Mon 4/2/2012

Originally posted by DA
Grey Parrot (not sure if they are still in business)

I hope they are. I really enjoyed the flemish red and it still is one of my favorite labels i have come across.

ISO: Grey Parrot

beers 685 º places 20 º 15:58 Mon 4/2/2012

Upland makes several good ones