There must be something in the air in the Windy City. On Monday, Chicago-based Revolution Brewing issued a release on its website notifying customers that it would be recalling cans and kegs of Anti-Hero IPA, Fist City Pale Ale, Cross of Gold Ale, Mosaic Hero IPA, Eugene Porter and Unsessionable Imperial IPA from shelves. Brewers made the decision to remove the beers after discovering issues with the house ale yeast used to ferment them, according to the release:
“The affected beers exhibit ester or phenolic flavors, which are more characteristic of Belgian-style ales, and which should not be present in our standard American ales. We believe these off-flavors were produced by a wild yeast that has gotten worse over time and was not identified in time by our quality control methods. Our brewing team has re-propagated our house ale yeast, and all beer now being packaged at the brewery meets our standards for taste and flavor.” tweet
As part of the recall, Revolution will dump all the identified off-flavored beers at its brewery, remove affected brews from distributor warehouses and return all the cans currently on shelves at retail shops. New, uninfected batches of the beers will start going into packages this week. You can see all the affected batches here.
Revolution is hardly the first brewery to deal with cross-contamination issues. Earlier this year, Chicago-based (and Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned) Goose Island Brewing Co. issued refunds for more than 40,000 bottles of its Bourbon County Brand Stout, Coffee Stout, Barleywine and Proprietor’s after confirming that several batches of the beers had been infected with souring lactobacillus bacteria.
The good news here is that Revolution is being proactive about the removal of these products. The brewery could easily have left these beers out in the market after discovering the infection, hoping that the money earned through selling them would outweigh any negative response from beer geeks. Many breweries certainly do. Recalling them at great expense is a sign of integrity and focus on quality over profit.
Plus, the brewery also noted in the release that there are no health or safety risks involved with the drinking the beers, so if you’ve ever wondered what a Belgian-influenced Anti Hero would taste like, now’s your chance to try it.