I don’t mean to alarm you, but I feel like you might want to know this: This past Sunday, brewing company Sierra Nevada announced it’d be recalling a number of 12-ounce bottles of eight of its branded beers due to the discovery of a faulty design failure at one of its North Carolina breweries. A limited number of bottles, produced in a period between December 5, 2016 and January 13, 2017, have a flaw that may lead to a loss in carbonation and, in turn, make a small piece of glass break off and possibly fall into your bottle.
The chances of this affecting customers, Sierra Nevada claims, are minuscule—it applies to about one in every 10,000 bottles. The company hasn't, as of writing, received any reports of lacerations brought on by these faulty bottles, though it's moving forward with the recall. Sierra Nevada has halted the distribution of all affected beers, and have begun working to remove it from shelves, too.
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The recall applies to eight varieties: Beer Camp Golden IPA, Hop Hunter IPA, Nooner Pilsner, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Otra Vez, Torpedo Extra IPA, and Tropical Torpedo IPA. Beers sold in the 36 states and territories have been affected: Alabama. Arkansas. Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, 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.
Oof! What a list. The packaging dates are visible on the boxes of 12- and 24-pack cases, and on the shoulders of six-packs and individual bottles. Customers who purchased any of the beers in question can receive full compensation for the price by filling out a form on Sierra Nevada’s website. Claim your money. Stay safe. Don’t ingest glass.
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Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.