Sierra Nevada is recalling a number of beer types in 36 states that are supplied out of their North Carolina processing facility after a glass defect was discovered that could result in glass pieces in the bottle.
There are a number of issues that can occur in glass, although they are very rare and are using inspected out by the glass manufacturer. The defect can be in the finish area where the cap is applied. The diameter may be small where the filler nozzle cracks the glass as it enters the bottle, or the finish may be weak or cracked, allowing it to chip during filling or capping. There can be glass inclusions - spikes or swings - that can break during the filling or handling process. Glass bottle manufactures have a number of quality checks in place to prevent these types of issues.
With an issue of loss carbonation and chipping, the issue would probably be in the finish area where the cap is applied.
Sierra Nevada Company Website
January 22, 2017 | 12:40PM PT
We have announced a voluntary recall of select 12-ounce bottles that may contain a small glass packaging flaw. This recall comes after quality inspections at our Mills River, North Carolina, brewery detected a very limited number of bottles with a flaw that may result in loss of carbonation and a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the bottle, causing a risk for injury. While we believe this concern impacts roughly 1 in every 10,000 (0.01%) of our bottles packaged during this time, Sierra Nevada has set the standard for quality in the craft brewing industry since 1980 and we have decided to take this precaution to ensure the safety of our consumers. To-date, we have not received any consumer reports of injuries resulting from the potentially affected bottles and we are working with our suppliers to determine the root cause of the issue.
The recall applies to product purchased in the following Midwest, Southern and East Coast states: 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.
The following chart details the brands, packages and production dates impacted by the recall. You may also click on the image links to view the beer labels and formats:
Brand Package Format Production Date Images Pale Ale 12-ounce bottles in 6-, 12- and 24-pack (case) formats 12/5/16 - 1/8/17 Bottle
Torpedo Extra IPA 12-ounce bottles in 6-, 12- and 24-pack (case) formats 12/5/16 - 1/13/17
Tropical Torpedo 12-ounce bottles in 6-pack format 12/5/16 - 1/13/17
Sidecar Orange Pale Ale 12-ounce bottles in 6-, 12- and 24-pack (case) formats 12/5/16 - 1/13/17
Beer Camp Golden IPA 12-ounce bottles in 6-, 12- and 24-pack (case) formats 12/5/16 - 1/13/17
Otra Vez 12-ounce bottles in 6-pack format 12/5/16 - 1/13/17
Nooner 12-ounce bottles in 6-pack format 12/5/16 - 1/13/17
Hop Hunter IPA 12-ounce bottles in 6-, 12- and 24-pack (case) formats 12/5/16 - 1/13/17
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-produced Sierra Nevada beer
Mills River 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.
Sierra Nevada Recalls Beer in 36 States Because of Broken Glass Fears
Updated: 4:50 PM Eastern
Brewing company Sierra Nevada has issued a voluntary recall of select 12-ounce bottles after quality inspections at the company's Mills River, North Carolina brewery detected a "packaging flaw" that could cause a piece of glass to break off into the bottle.
The recall impacts eight different types of its craft beers: Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, Torpedo Extra IPA, Tropical Torpedo, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Beer Camp Golden IPA, Otra Vez, Nooner, Hop Hunter IPA. All the recalled bottles were packaged in six-pack cases.
Thirty-six states were included in the recall, according to the company. To see if your state is affected, you can check on the company's website here.
"While we believe this concern impacts roughly one in every 10,000 (0.01%) of our bottles packaged during this time, Sierra Nevada has set the standard for quality in the craft brewing industry since 1980 and we have decided to take this precaution to ensure the safety of our consumers," the company said in a statement.
The recalled beers were packaged between Dec. 5, 2016 and Jan. 13, 2017, according to the recall notice.