Helios Recall – Expired

Product Safety Recall on 2009 Helios Ale

We are sad to announce that we have some Helios Ale that is over-carbonated.  The batches that are affected by this recall include the bottling dates of October 26 and December 10, 2009.  Testing conducted today on bottles from those dates yielded definitive results. Therefore, this recall has been initiated to address a flaw in the bottle conditioning process that has significantly over carbonated the beer, with resultant pressure in bottle exceeding the bottle’s burst rating.  There is nothing unsafe about the Helios Ale itself, but there is danger of exploding bottles.  There have been confirmed reports of bottles exploding. These reports include bottles sitting still, not being agitated, and have been received by us within the last 48 hrs.

This is an obvious safety hazard we wish to mitigate.

All products from 2010 are properly carbonated and pose no risk.

What to Do If You Have Bottles From These Recalled Bottling Runs:

Minimize the handling of the beer from where it currently sits to where you can safely open it.  The safest solution is to gently open the bottles over a sink.  If it gushes out, that would be a result of the over carbonation.  If it doesn’t, enjoy the beer, as any extra CO2 may be enjoyable on the palate.   

We  certainly want to give you value for any Helios Ale that you purchased and were not able to enjoy due to this over-carbonation issue. If you need to make a claim for replacement value, please do so here.

(UPDATE: This recall has ended, please continue to enjoy Helios!)

How Do You Tell The Date That A Helios Ale Was Bottled On?

In the left side of the front label you will find white letters that were laser etched at bottling stating “BOTTLED ON: ____” The over-carbonated bottles are from dates October 26, 2009 and December 10, 2009 and they would appear like such:

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5 Responses to Helios Recall – Expired

  1. Kristine September 13, 2010 at 12:22 AM #

    I had the same thing happen to a bottle of Wild Devil a few weeks ago. I was driving down the street and it just exploded out or nowhere in the back seat of my car sending beer and glass shards into the front seat. It was a gift from a member of my hop club, so I don't have the details of the purchase or the dates on the bottle.

  2. Mary September 14, 2010 at 4:39 PM #

    I have a bottle of helios at home now and there is no printed date on the bottle. What should I do?

  3. Glass Bottles September 16, 2010 at 2:34 PM #

    That does not sound like a good situation. Hopefully it all gets sorted out before someone get hurts.

  4. A_smith September 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM #

    I too have a bottle with out a date on it. Please let me know what I should do.

  5. Richard Ward October 5, 2010 at 6:29 PM #

    I don't have any of these brews, but is a solution to chill the beer thoroughly before opening. I enjoy Victory beers and do NOT chill a good beer, but chilling uncreases the CO2 solubility and would reduce the pressure?

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