November 25th, 2011 5:39pm
It has recently come to my attention that some of you may have purchased bottles of Black Saddle that had a foaming problem. In researching this, I have found that all of the bottles in question have come from the 8/10/11 batch of Black Saddle. I pulled the remaining bottles from that batch and, in checking them myself, found two bottles that foamed - one slightly and the other considerably. The rest were fine. As you know, we bottle condition the Black Saddle. I believe that what happened is that, when we primed this batch, the primer did not get dispersed well enough and thus, some bottles got an overdose of priming sugar and, in time, became over carbonated. We check every batch before it leaves the brewery and did not find anything wrong with this batch. However, because there is live yeast in the bottles, the bottle conditioning process can continue after it leaves the brewery. This is usually a good thing because the live yeast can help protect and preserve the beer.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused any of you that purchased a bottle from this batch and will replace any bottle that you return to me or to the store from which you purchased it. Simply return the bottle to me or to the store.
It is my greatest desire to produce only good beer. Every brewery makes mistakes. Usually they are discovered prior to release to the public. Sometimes not. Either way, you deserve the best from Crystal Springs and I am truly sorry this happened.
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