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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Peruvian..Mourning the loss of a beer....

Every year, we at the brewery and fans of our beer eagerly await bourbon barrel season, which for us falls over the cold, dark months of Wisconsin winter.  One of the beers we're extremely fond of, and which has resonated so much with our fans, is Peruvian Morning, our barrel-aged Imperial Coffee Stout.
While there are inherent challenges in the process of creating any barrel-aged beer, Peruvian carries with it even more variables, and therefore more potential for problems. From the locally roasted coffee, to in house grinding and extraction, and barrel procurement, there are spots where the QC procedures are not under our direct control. While we'd certainly never say we've achieved perfection, we've taken pride in our ability to navigate these issues before and produce what we feel is a truly exemplary beer that's become something of a cult favorite.
Because of the potential pitfalls, we subject Peruvian to a rigorous series of quality control tests at multiple points in the production and packaging processes.  This year, Peruvian came through with flying colors, showing dozens of clean results on the way to the market.  Unfortunately, on Friday, February 28, additional testing revealed a questionable result.
Here at the brewery, we quickly initiated further rounds of testing to determine conclusively what's happening with the beer.  This included a flavor analysis - and unfortunately, we noticed a faint developing flavor that we don't want in Peruvian Morning.  These findings prompted us to act:

·  With the help of our distribution partners, we immediately pulled the beer from markets where it was on shelves and stopped sale of existing inventory.
·  We're thoroughly reviewing quality control procedures- both here at the brewery and upstream sourcing, and are already investing more in our lab, as this has showed some gaps in what we already do.

There is nothing in the beer that renders it unsafe to drink, but the flavor profile is not what we intend it to be. This beer, while still tasting pretty good as of now, will likely sour over the next number of months.

This is a setback for us; but more than that, it's also a sad moment at the brewery.  We love this beer and know that our customers do, too.  However, as of today, the future of Peruvian Morning is uncertain.  We have a lot of analysis to do to determine if we'll be able to continue to make the beer without changing it drastically - and that's an outcome we won't tolerate.  We would rather not make it than make a compromised version of something we love, such as pasteurized or sterile filtered barrel aged beer.

There are many wonderful breweries around the country that have dealt with similar issues in the recent past.  We, like them, respect that brewing is an art and a science - an artisanal process - and know that none of it is possible without the support of you, our fans, who make the choice to include our beer in your lives.  We have the luxury of making something we hope you savor and enjoy; something that isn't necessary, but for so many of us is a key component in the enjoyment of life.  We don't want you to be dissatisfied with your choice to support us: if you purchased Peruvian Morning and it's not satisfactory to you, please contact info@centralwaters.com and we will do our best to make it right.  If you bought it and it's tasting fine to you, drink up!

We do have one more batch that is pending approval as we do further quality control tests.  Its status is uncertain.

We look forward to bringing several new and exciting beers (some of which are barrel-aged) to you this year.  We are incredibly grateful for our fans and will always strive to offer you the highest quality beers we can make.  As always, thanks for your support of Central Waters Brewing Company.

posted by Anello Mollica @ 12:22 PM   26 Comments Links to this post

26 Comments:

At March 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM , Blogger Chadwick C. DeVoss said...

It's a setback, but don't give up! I love, love, love Peruvian Morning (and many of your other beers). Based on how good everything you make is, you'll solve this. I'll keep buying whatever you make, regardless.

 
At March 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM , Blogger cheyer said...

I vote fire sale! :)

 
At March 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad to see that this happened to the Peruvian Morning. I know it's a different beer, but will this affect the release of the Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout at all? Do you have an ETA on the Cherry's release date?

 
At March 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM , Anonymous Dave Cairns said...

It is the rare company that puts product quality and customer satisfaction ahead of profits. Well done Central Waters. While it will be missed, your other great products will fill in until the solution is found. Cheers!

 
At March 7, 2014 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I purchased a case of Peruvian Morning, and you can't have it back :D. I consider this a perfect beer, and will be saddened to see this one go. Persevere and reconsider. You've caught lightning in a bottle.

 
At March 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had my first taste of this just last week and fell in love with it. We finished the last 2 bottles last night. I hope you are able to work out the kinks.

 
At March 11, 2014 at 1:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peruvian Morning is my favorite beer that I look forward to all year. Please keep working at a solution.

 
At March 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM , Blogger Ralph Thompson said...

I will take the "bad beer" off your hands. A bad bottle of Peruvian Morning is better than a good bottle of just about anything else.

 
At March 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see my critical taste is in tact, justified by this post... this batch was not quite the beer as last year. However, you guys hit the nail on the head with the BB Barlywine this year! Keep up the critical quality.. you guys are awesome. -ddb

 
At March 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This happened to me with the previous years version of Peruvian Morning. First bottle, good, but actually thought it had a slight hint of sour. The last two bottles I had to dump down the drain. After about 4-5 months, they were completely bad. Sour, undrinkable. I attempted to contact CW about this but they never got back to me :( I've never dumped a beer before prior to this. Needless to say I was disappointed. PM is obviously very hard to obtain, and pricey. I expected them to age well, not go bad.

 
At March 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM , Blogger thisissimple said...

What about those of us who love a weird ass, sour, funky, "off", wild beer? Can I get some of these to sit in the cellar for a while and see what develops? What if it turns into a coffee'd Rodenbach?

 
At March 12, 2014 at 7:55 AM , Anonymous Justin Schmitz said...

It's a good thing I squirreled away a 1/4 bbl of last year's Peruvian Morning in the cooler at the Alchemy Cafe on Madison. It'll be on draft during Madison Craft Beer Week.

 
At March 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too had a bunch of PM go bad last year. Trust me the sour does not work in this beer, it becomes undrinkable. I tried to contract CW too, but they ignored me. Now I am concerned about the BR Bourbon Stout is infected too. I bought 12 bottles, the first was amazing. The second a few weeks later had the same sour profile as the PM the year before. I asked my liquor store and they said that CW had told them some of the the BR stout was indeed infected. Good news is the liquor store allowed me to bring back and trade for new beer. Wish CW could control this issue and inform their customers how they're going to make it up to them, I'd take any and all of their BR Barleywine!

 
At March 13, 2014 at 5:56 PM , OpenID ericschubert said...

I've had Peruvian Morning a few times, and it was utterly delicious! I'm sad to hear that it's fallen on hard times this year, and look forward to seeing it back on shelves in the future. It's definitely a special brew.

As a homebrewer, I have to ask... If PM does go down for the count, would you be willing to share the recipe? I'd love to continue enjoying PM, even if I would have to brew it at home. It's certainly worth the effort!

 
At March 16, 2014 at 5:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I askes CW what to do with my remaining PM beers, no reply, I noticed the one I had had nowhere near the chocolaty taste of previous ones

 
At March 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too have tried to contact CW regarding this and no reply yet. I bought a case of PM and the last 3 I opened were all sour.

 
At March 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think my Bourbon Barrel Stout is infected too

 
At April 7, 2014 at 12:43 AM , Anonymous Adam J said...

My Bourbon Barrel Stout is infected too. Got word from the liquor store that Central Waters called them with a batch number. It was the batch I had. Wish a brewery statement would have been released though.

 
At April 10, 2014 at 2:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I contacted them about a couple bad Peruvian Morning packs and now I just tried some of the Bourbon Barrel stout and it's bad too. No response from them. Great to see them ignoring their supporters.

 
At April 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that nobody has commented on the obscenely inappropriate photo attached to the blog.

 
At April 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grow a set.... inappropriate photo... Geesh...

 
At April 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A beer getting lynched? You don't see how that could be offensive to the point where a company might decide it's not worth posting on their website?

 
At June 13, 2014 at 5:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inappropriate how? Interjecting racially motivated questions into a bad batch of beer... Fairly certain many things, human being or otherwise, have been strung up once they've gone bad. Not everyone in this world has ill intent linked to every single piece of imagery.

 
At June 24, 2014 at 8:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of the two best imperial coffee stouts readily available to those of us living in Wisconsin. Please don't give up. The only comparable stout in our region is KBS and that is way to hard to get. If you do feel you have to stop brewing Peruvian Mourning then brew a lot more of your Sixteen and put it in 12 oz bottles.

 
At June 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just had a PM last week and it still tasted pretty damn good to me. Upon learning that all batches may be infected I immediately moved my bottles to refrigerate at 37 degrees rather than sit in my basement at 64 degrees. I will be drinking my last one next week or so, but I'm still fairly optimistic that it will still have a great flavor profile.

 
At July 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM , Blogger Random Acts of Immaturity and Self-Deprecation said...

I had a bottle of '14 PM in my fridge for about 3 months (including either a plane flight or mailed package from Northeast Wisconsin) and I've got to say that it holds its own against the other top-tier stouts (KBS, Bourbon County, etc.) and I will savor this experience for quite some time.

 

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