I just had a conversation with a brewer who shall remain nameless, who was not thrilled that I had reported the fact that some of his beers were off.
The beers were purchased within the shelf life that was quoted, and the brewer felt that the condition of the beers was the responsibility to the LCBO, due to their improper handling.
Now, we all know the LCBO treats beer rather poorly at times, storing it warm and subjecting it to flourescent lighting, but I want some feedback as to where the problem really lies.
I tasted these beers as Joe Consumer would, right off the street, with my own cash. If I can buy sour beer, then so can anybody else.
But my sense is, that whether an infection problem stems from issues at the brewery or from the handling, ultimately it is the brewer's responsibility because it is their label on the product. I found the "improper handling" defense to be silly myself, since the brewer has full knowledge of the handling conditions and should account for them before sending the product out to the public.
So what do you guys think? If you get a sour or light-struck beer, is the brewer ultimately responsible?