Sierra Nevada Issues Beer Recall In 35 States Because Glass Is Not Part Of An IPA

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Whether or not you like an India Pale Ale or a hoppy beer is a matter of personal taste, but glass is never supposed to be part of a cool beverage. Unfortunately, thanks to a manufacturing defect, it’s possible that some could end up in a variety of Sierra Nevada beers, and so the company has issued a massive recall of recently-bottled beer spanning 35 states and DC.

The issue is a flaw detected at the company’s Mills River, NC, bottling plant. According to the company, a “very limited number of bottles” were made with a flaw that can not only cause the beer to go flat, but also can cause a small piece of glass to break off of the bottle and possibly fall in.

Sierra Nevada stresses that it’s a very small number of bottles potentially subject to the problem, they’re erring on the side of caution and “have decided to take this precaution to ensure the safety of our consumers.” The company has not received any reports of consumers being injured by bottles so far.

If you have already bought the beer but have not consumed it, you are eligible for a full refund of the purchase price. Sierra asks that you please don’t drink the beer but instead, throw it away. To file for the refund, you can use the web form at the bottom of this page, or call (800) 596-7835 and leave a message with your name and number for the company to call you back.

The list of states where the beer was distributed includes parts of the midwest, south, mid-Atlantic, and East coast, including: AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI and WV.

Affected brands include:

  • Pale Ale, sold in 6, 12, and 24-packs
  • Torpedo Extra IPA, sold in 6, 12, and 24-packs
  • Tropical Torpedo, sold in 6-packs
  • Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, sold in 6, 12, and 24-packs
  • Beer Camp Golden IPA, sold in 6, 12, and 24-packs
  • Otra Vez, sold in 6-packs
  • Nooner, sold in 6-packs
  • Hop Hunter IPA, sold in 6, 12, and 24-packs

The Sierra Nevada website includes detailed pictures of every bottle and pack type affected to help consumers identify their beer and see if it’s included on the list.

Affected bottles are from these specific brands only, with a production date between 12/05/2016 and 01/13/2017 and a brewery code of “M,” indicating it was made at the Mills River plant.

Sierra Nevada included guides showing where to find and how to read those codes. For cases:

A guide showing where to find codes on a Sierra Nevada 12-pack or case.

A guide showing where to find codes on a Sierra Nevada 12-pack or case.

And for individual bottles:

A guide for where to find label information on a Sierra Nevada single bottle (or six-pack).

A guide showing where to find codes on a single bottle (or six-pack).

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