Bell’s Brewery, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for some bottles of Mercury: The Winged Messenger Belgian ale due to a sight defect on the outside lip of the bottle that has the potential to break, dislodging small pieces.
The recall is only for bottles sold in specific counties in Michigan, and does not affect any other bottles that were distributed. Bell’s initiated the recall after a customer contacted the brewery “about an issue when removing the crown,’ and an internal investigation was started, which traced the problem back to a single pallet of bottles. Bell’s does not manufacture the bottles its beers are packaged in.
No injuries have been reported due to the defective bottles.
“We have zero tolerance for any glass defects and while the chances are small that this could come up again, we are doing everything we can to address this situation and making sure all bottles are immediately pulled from store shelves and distributor warehouses,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s vice-president, in a press release.
According to the Comstock, Mich.-based brewery, bottles sold in the following counties of Michigan could be affected: Allegan, Antrim, Barry, Benzie, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Kent, Lake, Leelanau, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb,, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, Shiawassee, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne and Wexford.
If a customer has purchased a bottle in one of the affected counties, they should not drink the beer, and should contact the brewery via this website.