Just got a bottle and it appears like there is some yeast at the bottom. Anyone else notice this? It could be hops but sure looks like yeast. Might try making a starter but I only have one bomber, hoping this is their elusive house strain.
PacMan is their house yeast. Their beers are bottle conditioned, so there will be yeast in the bottles. I don't know, but I would expect them to filter their beers for clarity, and then re-yeast at bottling to ensure consistent carbonation. There is no reason why they would use a different yeast at bottling, would add complexity of maintaining two separate yeast strains.
Yea, Stone's yeast is actually available right now under a wyeast private collection, it's 1217 West Coast IPA(available october-december).
I tried to harvest the yeast myself but did a poor job decanting the beer (it was NOT my first of the evening...). I went ahead and tried anyway, but the bottle I had was born-on about two months prior, so that was old'ish yeast to begin with.
So...if you fail like I did you can always go to the store and get some pure stone yeast.