It has come to our attention that two of our canned beers were accidentally exposed to what appears to be our house Brett Brux wild yeast strain. The specific beers involved are Noodles (canned July 17, 2018) and You & I (canned July 17, 2018). To confirm, we are using samples of both batches of beer in our lab to thoroughly test and document what type of colonies form over the next few days.
- Noodles – due to the final gravity of Noodles, and the nature of the Brett Brux strain, we are asking our distribution company (AdVintage) to RECALL any cans from the impacted batch that are still on shelves. We know this may be difficult for our NC and SC coastal customers due to the impending hurricane. Please connect with your AdVintage representative at your earliest convenience.
- You & I – because the final gravity is substantially lower, we believe the You & I cans are safe to handle. That said, this batch will likely not have the same flavor profile as was present when the cans originally left the brewery. Although we think we accidentally made a great wild session IPA, it is not the same taste or beer that was originally marketed to the public. If any accounts have cans of the affected batch remaining on shelves and would like to return, please reach out directly to your AdVintage representatives.
Unfortunately, this cross-contamination is one of our biggest fears when running both an award-winning wild beer program and a clean beer program that is still in its infancy. We are using this incident as a learning moment to change some of our internal yeast handling practices so that we can continue to provide our customers with the quality that they, and we, expect out of ourselves and our beer.
Our sales team has a list of all the accounts that have purchased these batches of cans and will do their best to follow up with our valued customers over the next few weeks.
The Birds Fly South Team