Friday, March 18, 2011

Strange Brew

Usually when I complain about something on here nothing really happens. I just complain and get my thoughts out to make myself feel better, maybe share a bad experience. But, no one ever contacts me to try to make things right. That's usually the case, but not with Tallgrass.

I don't know how many of you read the comments section, you really should, but within a couple of hours of posting the picture of my sediment laden beer glass, Jeff from Tallgrass commented with an explanation.
Hop stems would be my guess from the looks of it. Oasis is unfiltered and whole-leaf dry hopped for two days in four big cheese cloth bags in the brite tank prior to canning/kegging. We leave about 1-2 barrels in the tank at the end to avoid this, but it looks like some got through. Unfiltered plus brite tank dryhopping equals nice beer but at a risk of this happening. What is the code on bottom edge of the can?
I responded with the code and it turned out it was an expired can of Oasis. I then emailed with Barb who also commented. I have a fresh 4 pack of Oasis on the way and I'm completely satisfied with my experience.

Brewing beer is a complex process, sometimes something gets through that shouldn't, especially in an unfiltered beer. If you drink enough beer, you'll get a bad one, more so with a newer, smaller brewery. I know of a case this week where someone got a bad Boulevard Imperial Stout. It happens. But, how a brewery or restaurant responds says quite a bit about how they view quality (I still haven't forgotten the McCoy's waiter in this story). Tallgrass has passed that test.

My only recommendation would be for Tallgrass to make the best by date an actual date rather than a code so I know if it's expired or not.

If you get something wrong with your beer, don't hesitate to call or email the brewery, they'll probably try to make it right, just don't go all McKenzie brothers on them.


  1. The Oasis code is a Julian date and you can read it directly. The 10 means 2010 and the 324 means the 324th day.

    I like Julian dates as they are easy enough to read once you figure them out and they satisfy the brewery's desire to not have casual customer's trashing the display looking for the latest best buy date.

    Lots of food items use Julian dates so it is useful to be able to read them.

  2. John, I knew it would be a pretty easy code to break. In my emails with Tallgrass this is the exact reason that they implemented the code in the first place. People were shopping for Tallgrass like they would shop for milk.

  3. Hopefully, with your fresh Oasis you'll also get some of their new unfiltered wheat, Halcyon. I got to sample it earlier this week and really enjoyed it.

  4. All beers should have a bottled/canned on date.