Exploding Beer Recall at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wisconsin brewery, Lakefront Brewery, has recalled one of their beers because it was “at risk for explosion.”
By The Beer Community on Aug. 19, 2019
On August 15, 2019, Lakefront Brewery announced on their social media pages that Junk, the latest brew in their ‘My Turn’ series, has been recalled due to risk of the beer bottle exploding. The recall was issued by the brewery after three bottles exploded. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.
Why is Lakefront Brewery’s Beer Exploding?
Lakefront Brewery’s Instagram caption reads, “Friends, we’re asking anyone with bottles of My Turn Junk to either refrigerate or carefully dispose of them. Wild yeast from the cherries used to brew the beer may continue to ferment, building up pressure in the bottles, making them at risk for explosion. The beer itself is completely safe to drink. We’re offering a refund to those who dispose of their My Turn Junk. Shoot a photograph of the bottle’s back label, send it to email@example.com, along with your address, by October 1st and we’ll send you a check. Thanks for helping us out and cheers!”
Apparently, the cherries used in this brew is the ingredient responsible for the recall, as the yeast in the cherries causes the fermentation process to continue and results in pressure build up in the beer bottle. Too much pressure in a beer bottle can cause the glass to burst.
Can you still drink a recalled beer?
In Lakefront’s statement, they claim that it is just the glass beer bottle that is dangerous, and that the beer itself is completely safe to drink.
As for other recalled beer, it is always a safe bet to not consume anything that has been recalled, unless stated otherwise.
Lots of beers have come out of the My Turn series by Lakefront Brewery. Junk was the number 31 in the series and is described as a kettle sour beer brewed with cherries and sakura. The beer pours a vivid cherry-red. The bright cherry and fresh-baked bread aromas lead into fruity, malty flavors of tart cherry preserves spread on sourdough biscuits. The Milwaukee brewery explains, “It’s enough to make Junk smile, even as the airline attendant explains his luggage never made the connecting flight.”
About Lakefront Brewery
Milwaukee’s own Lakefront Brewery started in 1987. Its rich history includes partnerships with local taverns, preservation of local historical pieces, unique tours, family style dining options and most importantly, great beer.
According to Brewery President Russ Klisch, the whole brewery started with his brother, Jim. Near his birthday, Jim expressed interest in beer making, and Russ humored him by giving him a homebrewing book. To Russ’ surprise, Jim read the book, and brewed a beer. By Russ’ account, Jim was no gourmet cook, but he made a pretty good beer. Impressed, Russ decided he could brew one better. In short, sibling rivalry and common interest lead both brothers to begin entering homebrewing contests and winning awards. It wasn’t long before family and friends encouraged them to turn their hobby into a business.
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