Angry Orchard Cider Company Recalls Hard Cider Over Broken Bottle Risk

Consumers had reported broken and overflowing bottles.


Angry Orchard Cider Company is recalling two batches of Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider across the country, following customer reports of broken bottles and bottles overflowing when opened.

The recall affects select cases of 24, 12-ounce bottles, 12-packs and six-packs of the cider, according to the company. The batches were produced on June 15 and June 29.

Angry Orchard is voluntarily recalling the cases due to concerns that cider from these production runs appears to be showing signs of re-fermentation in the bottle, which could result in increased carbonation levels, and in some instances, bottles may overflow when opened or burst under increased pressure. While the impacted cider poses no health risk if consumed, the team at Angry Orchard took this measure to ensure that products available to consumers meet their high quality standards.

The impacted cases of the cider were shipped to certain wholesalers in 22 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

To determine whether a bottle of Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider has been impacted:

• For a case or 12-pack: Look for the "Freshness Matters" code printed on the top or side panel of the case or 12-pack. If that code begins with "June 2016 1665C" and is immediately followed by four digits between the range of 0001 through 0700 or "June 2016 1805C" and is immediately followed by four digits between 0001 through 0545, those bottles may have been impacted.

• For an individual bottle, use extreme care: Locate the inkjet code printed directly on the glass, on the "shoulder" of the bottle just below the neck label. If that code falls within the ranges of C16650001 through C16650530 or C18050001 through C18050415, that cider may have been impacted.

The release also said that no illnesses or injuries had been reported and instructed consumers to handle bottles “with extreme care and dispose of the product immediately in an outside container.” The company is issuing full refunds on all affected products. 

Those with questions can contact Angry Orchard here or call 1-800-362-7110.

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