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Infected Berzerker?

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by sprucetip, Nov 30, 2012.

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  1. sprucetip

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    Anyone know anything about the new batch of Berzerker being infected? A friend in Anchorage, whom I believe to be a reliable source of information, had been told by someone close to the brewery that it had an infection (he knew the name of the organism but I don't recall) that would make it sour, possibly within 6 months. I've had a couple of bottles recently that were fine. Great actually. But I'm sitting on some too, and not sure if I should drink sooner rather than later. I prefer Berzerker with some years on it, so I'm not sure how to handle the remaining bottles. Anyone know/heard anything?
     
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    I've had 2 bottles, both of them were totally fine.
     
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    I heard the bourbon barrel T.R.E.A.T was infected; case of mistaken identity?
     
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    I have had a couple bottles, they were fantastic! I do know of a couple other BAs that split a bottle when it first arrived and they said it was nasty. We have all since shared a bottle and it was great. They said there was no way that it was the same beer. I guess an infection is possible? But wouldn't the infection be in all bottles?
     
  5. JohnnyP3

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    Have not heard anything about that...have not cracked any open yet either.
     
  6. youradhere

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    Anything that is put into any "filthy" barrel stands the chance of infection. Any and all BA beers are potentially infected.
     
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    So, a friend of a friend says Berserker is infected?
    I'm not ready to be concerned yet.
     
  8. youradhere

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    I heard Berserker has anthrax and pig flu, and the proceeds support Al Queda in northern Africa. Also, it gives you beer farts the next day.
     
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  9. sprucetip

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    The friend knows people in their yeast lab, and was given a specific name of an organism, bacteria I think. I hope he is wrong, but he typically knows what he is talking about. I was just curious if anyone else had heard anything.
     
  10. NWer

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    That's fair. But since a lot of BA's have had it and there have been no first-hand reports of an infection - yet - I'm not concerned - yet.
     
  11. sprucetip

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    If you read my initial post, he said the affects of the purported infection would show at approximately 6 months. I hope his info is wrong, and that it's not, for a myriad of reasons. But one of those is that Berzerker, to me, is better after 2-3 years than it is fresh.
     
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    I opened a 2012 Berserker last night and noticed a slight cherry/sour flavor in my bottle. My bottles are all stored in a refrigerator that is well below 55 degrees.

    I had a bottle from the same batch when it landed here in Oregon and it was incredible without the off flavors.
     
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    The TREAT I had was infected. Midnight Sun was quick to respond to my email and sent me a t-shirt to compensate for the brew. They run a great operation. I will be opening my berserker sooner rather than later, though. I don't want to risk that one, too.
     
  14. sprucetip

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    thanks
     
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    Well, this is not good. I'm going to drink my bottle soon, and probably stop buying Midnight Sun products for a while, if true.
     
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    Sent email to MS will post response as soon as I get it !
    Have my first and only bottle from this year and I want to know whats going on !
     
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    I don't want to start a frenzy with my post as I thoroughly enjoy MS products. Before making any rash decisions lets make sure this isn't just an isolated case. :)
     
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    I support this suggestion. MSBC has a history of treating its customers fairly.
     
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    So just how "close to the brewery" is this friend of a friend? If it's a person who works at the brewery and actually knows something concrete, then I'd hope Midnight Sun would just put out a statement (similar to what Boulevard did with Chocolate Ale and BBQ) stating the situation and laying out what, if anything, they're prepared to do about it. If it's a person who doesn't work at the brewery, then this is potentially just a case of idle rumor-mongering, well-intentioned or not.

    I ask this as a person who has four bottles of 2012 Berserker. Based on this thread I pulled them from the deep recesses of the cellar today and put them in the "on deck" circle. I'll drink at least one before any infection really takes hold, as I've never had this beer before.
     
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    He doesn't work there. I have 4 bottles as well, which is why I started the thread. Just wanted to know what others knew or experienced. Much as I like it better aged, drinking sooner may well be the best strategy.
     
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    Thanks for contacting them. Nothing like going to the brewery itself to clear things up. I'm making the decision to do nothing until the fog clears.
     
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    Yeah, no one has even reported an infection directly. I just opened a 2012 Berserker last Sunday. It was perfect. Preparing to boycott Midnight Sun over infection rumors is a bit of an over-reaction.
     
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    Oak Aged Treat was infected. Had 2 bottles that were infected. They were certainly on top of their customer service and sent me 2 other bottles of their beers! Trickster and Treat which was totally unexpected and just wonderful.
     
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    just curious, but why would you cellar it without ever having tried it?
     
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  25. draheim

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    Too many other beers ahead of it in the queue. Damn breweries keep releasing new ones. Like every week.
    Trust me, I'm drinking them as fast as I can.
     
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    i hear ya. we live in a damn good time for beer.
     
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    yeah its infected.
     
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    I tried it when it came out in Oregon about 2? months ago and thought it was incredibly hot, like almost undrinkable hot. I was planning to age the one I have left.

    Hopefully we get some confirmation one way or the other
     
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    We got the confirmation, see BrewBoone above. I had one this weekend out of curiosity, and it was fine, but I am glad to know that my remaining bottles should be consumed soon.
     
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    Yep. Drink em up chappies!
     
  31. keef

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    What does the brewery plan to do for individuals with infected bottles?
     
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    I opened one last night and not a hint of infection. Just saying.
     
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    Confirmation from who? Does BrewBoone work for the brewery? Not trying to be a dick, but I'm going to need to see/hear more than "yeah it's infected" to believe there's something to worry about. Just sayin'.
     
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    I guess this is kind of a bummer, as I have two bottles I planned to age; but then again, it's nice to know before it starts to turn. I had one a couple of months ago and love it fresh, so I can hardly complain about having an excuse to drink them soon!
     
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    subscribed. awaiting the response from the brewery before having a berserker party.
     
  36. sprucetip

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    my thoughts exactly. A little explanation would be helpful
     
  37. kevwcamp

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    I think that's all he can say because he no longer works there, which I didn't realize when I posted. I consider it an unofficial but reliable confirmation. That's good enough for me, but I understand why others may want the official news.
     
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    Makes sense. Jeremiah?? Just curious out loud, no response needed.
     
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    Just cracked a 2012. It is a touch thinner than one opened about 2 months ago, and it starting to get a little tang. It is still easily drinkable, but I have put the rest of mine in the bottom of the refrigerator to retard what is coming.
     
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    I regret making the comment above. It was stupid, bad and wrong. I am sorry and wish I could take it back.
     
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