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Check Your Fridge: Revolution Brewing Recalls Six Popular Beers

By Stephen Gossett in Food on Oct 18, 2016 6:51PM

Revolution Brewing's Anti Hero IPA / Facebook

Revolution Brewing— among the most prominent of local craft breweries—announced on Monday a recall of several of its most popular ales. The recalled beers do not pose any health concerns, according to a post on They were pulled due to off flavors created by wild yeast, Revolution posted.

“The affected beers exhibit ester or phenolic flavors, which are more characteristic of Belgian-style ales, and which should not be present in our standard American ales,” said founder Josh Deth and brewmaster Jim Cibak in the statement. The issue has been corrected and subsequent batches will meet quality standards, they said.

Only beers packaged within certain timeframes were affected. Here’s the list of ales and corresponding dates:

Anti Hero IPA 8-5-16 to 10-11-16
Fist City Pale Ale 8-11-16 to 9-26-16
Cross of Gold Ale 8-23-16
Mosaic Hero IPA 8-16-16 to 9-8-16
Eugene Porter 8-3-16 to 10-6-16
Unsessionable Imperial IPA 9-27-16 to 10-7-16

Anecdotally speaking, our own experience backs this up. This drinker with a writing problem was thrilled to see the annual return of Unsessionable, but indeed noticed something not quite right with the usual hop bomb. Here’s looking forward to version 2.0.

“It's a hit on our reputation and our reputation means a lot,” Deth told the Tribune on Tuesday. “It's what we built the business on. ... Fortunately, we have fresh beer. And we stand by the beer, we'll drink the beer and for us, that's the best way to move forward."

“It's like a death in the family,” he also told the Trib.

That might be slight hyperbole, but it is certainly unwelcome news, especially as Revolution continues to expand. Earlier this month they began distributing in New York City, the brewery's fourth market—along with Massachusetts, Ohio and Wisconsin—outside of Illinois.

Chicagoist has reached out to Revolution for additional comment and will update this post as necessary.