Lakefront BreweryInc. has introduced Wisconsinite, a new unfiltered Weiss-style beer made entirely of local, Wisconsin-grown ingredients.
The beer was created around a new native Wisconsin yeast strain envisioned by Lakefront president Russ Klisch and developed by Jeremy Kingof home brewing supplies distributor Northern Brewer. The new strain is believed be to the only North American-grown yeast in commercial use today as well as the first native brewing yeast from Wisconsin, according to Lakefront Brewery.
All products used in Wisconsinite come from local sources, including its water (Lake Michigan), malted barley (from the Milwaukee location of Malteroup), wheat (Chilton) and hops (Mazomanie).
Klisch hopes the distinct flavor of the new yeast will eventually create a new category of beer called Wisconsin Weiss. Because he believes the flavor is so distinct, he plans to forgo compensation to make it available to other brewers in order to perpetuate the new style.
The new yeast is available for purchase by home brewers through Northern Brewer in Milwaukee and Minnesota.
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