Utah’s Uinta Brewing recalls nearly a dozen brands of beer after finding yeast contamination

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A longtime Utah craft brewer has issued a voluntary recall of nearly a dozen of its beer brands after discovering a foreign yeast that could cause refermentation in their 12-ounce bottles or cans and compromise the packaging.

Uinta Brewing Co. said in a news release that consumers face no risks from drinking the affected beers, “although a batch may exhibit a slight off-flavor or aroma.”

The company said it has received no reports of packaging failures with the beers under recall.

“While a majority of the beer in question has yet to even see retail shelves, we take quality and consumer safety extremely seriously,” Uinta CEO John Lennon said in the release. “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.”

The recalled brands, with the best-before dates that appear on the packaging, are listed on the company website. They are:

• Detour, six-pack cans, May, 11, 2019.

• Hop Nosh, six-pack cans and bottles, May 7.

• Pack It Out, 15-pack cans, May 3.

• Cutthroat, 18- and 12-pack cans, six-pack bottles, May 16 and May 8.

• Golden Spike, 12-pack bottles and cans, May 14.

• Trader, six-pack cans, 12-pack bottles, April 26.

• 801 Pilsner, 12-pack cans, April 27.

• Wyld, 12-pack cans, May 1.

• Yard Sale, six-pack cans and bottles, May 1 and May 2.

• 801/Cutthroat Duo, 12-pack cans, May 14.

• Winter Sampler, 12-pack bottles, May 3.

Consumers who have bought any of these beers can learn how to get a full refund by clicking on uintabrewing.com/recall.

Uinta, which was founded in 1993, said the recall came after “extensive testing” by the brewery and outside analysis. It said the company took quick action to improve testing and prevent further cross-contamination.

“The original source of the foreign yeast is still under investigation,” the release stated. “It is a naturally occurring strain that is occasionally used for brewing specific styles of beer.”