I wonder if they is true of Lucky Bastard ?I also wrote an email to Stone and they responded and stated that I should try to harvest yeast from Stone Double Bastard as that beer is bottle conditioned. Which makes sense considering that Double Bastard is released as a vintage occasionally. For example this year they are releasing some 2011s along with the 2012 that they recently brewed. Thus these Double Bastards are designed to age.
I know this thread is rather old, but I thought I would respond to it just in case others come across this old thread.
I enjoyed reading this tale in the Stone book I bought from the brewery several years ago and see the subject creep up now and again and people often discuss various Oregon craft breweries of the era. However, the story in the book actually says they sourced their yeast from a brewery in the northwest and that he flew down from Oregon...there is not specificity that it came out of an Oregon craft brewery, only that the yeast bearer flew down from Oregon. It could have likely been a Washington state brewery, for all we know. I was stationed at Fort Lewis back in the mid-1990s and I remember a small brewery being located off I-5 on the way down to Portland back then, but can't remember the name. I had wanted to stop one day but just didn't have the time.I read a story on the Stone Blog that their yeast originate from a Canadian microbrewery in Oregon that shut down. They go on to explain how a person tried to take a bunch of yeast on a plane, but the yeast was over the weight limit...]