Union Brewing Issues Snow Pants Recall

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via Union Craft Brewery
via Union Craft Brewery

A snow day probably wasn’t the ideal day to issue a Snow Pants recall, but such is the life of running a craft brewery.

Due to an inconsistent taste between draft and bottle, Union Brewing is offering a trade-in for unopened bottles of its Snow Pants Oatmeal Stout. According to a letter from the Hampden-based brewery, some customers found the taste of the bottled edition of the winter seasonal to be different than what was found on draft. Lab tests confirmed that the fermentation process yielded some unexpected results.

The letter states that there’s nothing wrong with the beer, or drinking it. But they’re offering an exchange to anyone who was expecting one kind of Snow Pants, and got another.

Here’s the entire message from Union:

We take the quality of all of our beers very seriously and want to ensure that the beers that you buy from us exhibit the flavors and quality that we intended and that you, our valued customers, deserve.

A couple weeks ago we noticed a few bottles of our Snow Pants Oatmeal Stout tasted off and had developed unintended flavors that were not present in the same beer when served on draft. After receiving similar reports of other Snow Pants Oatmeal Stout bottles we sent samples to an independent lab for analysis. We reviewed the results of the lab analysis and we have determined that some bottles are developing unintentional flavors resulting from the secondary fermentation that occurs in our bottle conditioned beers.

We are extremely proud of all the beers we produce and Snow Pants is no exception. While there is absolutely nothing in the bottled beer that can cause any physical harm, (and Jon actually really enjoys the new flavor developments), we want you to experience the beer as we intended. We invite you to return any unopened bottles you still have to the brewery tap room during business hours and we will issue you a credit or exchange the bottle for a comparable product or merchandise item.

Please direct any further questions to [email protected]

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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