Square Mile Cider Recall

Craft Brew Alliance, parent of Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., recently launched a new line of artisan ciders under the Square Mile Cider Company brand.

I tasted both the Original Hard Apple Cider and the Spur & Vine Hopped Apple Cider at a media preview a few months ago. Both were great, and I especially enjoyed Spur & Vine, which is cold conditioned with Galaxy hops.

Yesterday, Square Mile announced a recall of its first production run. Full details are in the press release below.

I've reached out to Square Mile to learn more about how returns will be handled and will update this post after I hear from them.

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Square Mile Cider Company Announces Voluntary Recall of 2,500 Cases of Hard Cider Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 19, 2013 - Square Mile Cider Company (SMCC) today announced the voluntary recall of 2,500 cases “Square Mile Original Hard Apple Cider” and “Square Mile Spur & Vine Hopped Apple Cider.”
The recalled product was sold in retail locations in California, Oregon and Washington. It is limited to the following two products packaged on or before May 15, 2013:
  •  22 ounce bottles of “Square Mile Original Hard Apple Cider” with the markings “Hand Picked” and “Hand Pressed” on either side of the logo.
  • 22 ounce bottles of “Square Mile Spur & Vine Hopped Apple Cider” with the markings “Hand Picked” and “Hand Pressed” on either side of the logo.
SMCC is voluntarily recalling the products due to concerns that cider from the company’s first production run may be refermenting in the bottle, which may cause the bottles to burst under certain circumstances and can lead to potential flavor inconsistencies. Consumers who may have purchased the affected product should dispose of it immediately in an outdoor trash receptacle.
“As a handcrafted, small batch cider maker, we take all packaging and product quality concerns very seriously. We are working with our wholesalers and retail partners to remove all affected product from store shelves as quickly as possible. We are also confident that we have identified the problem and want to reassure our consumers that we stand by the quality of our products,” said Lorin Gelfand, brand manager for SMCC.
To date, no consumer illnesses or injuries have been reported.  
Consumers with questions about the quality of their SMCC products may call the company toll-free at 1-855-371-0895 (8am to 4pm PST), visit our website at http://squaremilecider.com/contact, or write us at 929 N. Russell St., Portland, OR 97215.

About Square Mile Cider Company

Square Mile Cider Company crafts hard cider varieties from Northwest grown apples in celebration of the pioneer spirit and those who travel into unknown territory with only hope, pride, and determination. Square Mile Cider Company derives its name from the original Oregon pioneers who were granted one square mile of land to stake their claim and build a future. It was on these square mile claims that some of the original Northwest orchards were planted, and where Square Mile Cider Company chose to stake its claim. Square Mile Cider is a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based Craft Brew Alliance.

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