Sierra Nevada brewery issues 36-state recall of select beers


SAN FRANCISCO (AP/KSNW) — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced a recall Sunday of certain 12-ounce bottles of its pale ales, IPA’s and other beers after detecting a packaging flaw that could cause a piece of glass to break off into the bottle.

In a statement Sunday, it said the recall applies to eight different types of its craft beers, including its popular Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, purchased in 36 states including Michigan.

The California-based company issued the voluntary recall after quality inspections at its Mills River, North Carolina, brewery detected a limited number of bottles made with a flaw “that may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the bottle, creating a risk of injury,” the statement said.

The affected beer has a package date that falls between Dec. 5, 2016, and Jan. 13, 2017 and a brewery code of “M” — which stands of Mills River — printed directly on bottles and the packaging of cardboard cases.

“We have decided to take this precaution to ensure the safety of our customers,” Mike Bennett, chief supply chain officer, was quoted as saying. He said Sierra Nevada had not received any consumer reports of injuries, and it believed the concern could impact about 1 in every 10,000 — or .01 percent — of its bottles packaged during the five-week time period.

Wichita distributors tell KSN that the Sierra Nevada beer that is sold in and around Wichita is produced at the Chico, California plant, which is not included in this recall. Consumers are encouraged to check the brewery code on the bottles and packaging. Those with the code of  “C” come from California and are safe to drink.

Aside from its Pale Ale, the Sierra Nevada recall includes 12-ounce bottles of its Beer Camp Golden IPA, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Torpedo Extra IPA, Tropical Torpedo, Nooner, Hop Hunter and Otra Vez.

The company has stopped distributing all affected beer and is working to have it removed from retails shelves, the statement said. Consumers were urged to check the company’s website for details on the recall and not to drink any of the recalled beer, which would be fully refunded.

The recall applies to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachussets, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

List of beer that is NOT impacted by recall:

  • All Sierra Nevada canned beer
  • All Sierra Nevada draught beer
  • All Sierra Nevada variety packs
  • All 24-ounce bottled beer
  • All 750ml bottled beer
  • All Chico, California-produced Sierra Nevada beer
  • Mills River, North Carolina Beer packaged before 12/5/16
  • Mills River Pale Ale packaged after 1/8/17
  • All other Mills River brands packaged after 1/13/17

The specifics of the affected beer include those brands listed above with a package date that falls within the range AND a brewery code of “M” (Mills River) and not “C” (Chico), which is all information that can be found printed on the packaging and on the bottle in the area illustrated below. These details allow us to track exactly where and when potentially affected beer was shipped to distributors on their way to your local retailer.

For complete details on the recall click here.

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