Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced on Sunday that several of its brands sold across the country have been recalled due to a potential packaging flaw involving broken glass.
In a statement issued by Sierra Nevada on Sunday afternoon, the Chico, California–based brewing company announced it would be recalling 12-ounce bottles of eight brands that may contain a glass packaging flaw identified during quality inspections at its East Coast facility in Mills River, North Carolina.
According to the statement, the inspections detected “a very limited number of bottles with a flaw that may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the bottle, creating a risk for injury.”
“While we believe this concern impacts roughly one in every 10,000 (.01%) of our bottles packaged during this time… we have decided to take this precaution to ensure the safety of our consumers. To this date, we have not received any consumer reports of injuries from the potentially affected bottles, and we are working with our supplier to determine the root cause of the issue,” said Sierra Nevada chief supply chain officer, Mike Bennett.
Beers impacted by the recall include 12-ounce bottles of its popular Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, along with Nooner Pilsner, Beer Camp Golden IPA, Hop Hunter IPA, Torpedo Extra IPA, Tropical Torpedo IPA, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, and Otra Vez. Production time of the potentially affected beers begins December 5, 2016 and ends January 13, 2017.
Beers that are not impacted by the recall include all Sierra Nevada canned beer, draught beer, variety packs, 24-ounce bottles, 750ml bottles, all Sierra Nevada beer produced in the Chico facility, and beer produced in the Mills River facility before December 5 and after January 13 (in the case of the Pale Ale, bottles packaged after January 8 are not affected).
Distribution of all affected beer has been halted as Sierra Nevada works with distributors and retailers to remove the beers from the shelves. Customers who have purchased potentially affected beers are eligible for refunds, and advised not to drink the beer, which we think is pretty obvious.
Sierra Nevada, the third largest craft brewing company in the country (after D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. and Boston Beer Co.) that distributes beer across the United States, said the recall applies to products purchased in its Midwest, Southern, and East Coast distribution regions, including the following 36 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, 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.
Sierra Nevada provided a thorough explanation of the recall on its website, where it has listed details of the brands, packages, and production dates impacted by the recall.
To report a purchase of Sierra Nevada beer impacted by this recall, visit sierranevada.com/qualitymatters.