Uinta Brewing recalls select varieties of beer

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SALT LAKE CITY — If you’re a fan of Uinta Brewing Company’s beers, be sure to double-check your stock of brews before cracking them open this Superbowl weekend.

Uinta Brewing Company logo | Image courtesy of Uinta Brewing Company, St. George News

Uinta Brewing Company announced a voluntary recall this week of select varieties of 12 ounce cans and bottles due to the presence of a foreign yeast that may cause packaging issues.

The recall comes after testing by the brewery and external third-party analysis confirmed the presence of the strain of yeast that could cause refermentation in the bottle or can, building up pressure that could cause the packaging to fail. Beers affected by the recall are listed on the brewery’s website.

“While a majority of the beer in question has yet to even see retail shelves, we take quality and consumer safety extremely seriously,” John Lennon, CEO of Uinta Brewing Company, said in a press release issued by the company. “We’re issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution, and we will be working closely with our wholesalers to replace the beer with non-affected batches as quickly as possible.”

To date, the company says there are no consumer reports of incidents involving a packaging failure with the beers being recalled. There are no consumption risks associated with the foreign yeast, although a batch may exhibit a slight off-flavor or aroma.

Since the foreign yeast’s discovery, the brewery says it has taken immediate steps to improve testing and prevent any further cross-contamination with its house yeast strains.

The original source of the foreign yeast is still under investigation; it is a naturally occurring strain that is occasionally used for brewing specific styles of beer.

Consumers who have recently purchased one of the beers identified on Uinta’s website are entitled to full compensation of the retail purchase price. Instructions for requesting a refund, along with information about the disposal of the beer, are also posted on the company’s website. No other Uinta beers, other than those listed on the site, are affected by this recall.

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