Exploding bottles of Stella Artois Cidre wisely recalled

Screen Shot 2011-09-09 at 17.17.16 If you’re planning a quite night in front of the telly with a couple of bottles of Stella Artois Cidre tonight, things could get very interesting if you’re unlucky. By ‘interesting’ we mean ‘explodey’.

The ‘cidre’ is being pulled from the shelves after two bottles exploded, with wannabe-drinkers suffering minor injuries. Stella are blaming yeast contamination in three batches of the stuff, leading to a build-up of gas and explodey bottles. Yes, ‘explodey’ is a word. Just like 'cidre' is.

The bomb disposal squad don’t need to be called in just yet but Stella are advising people to wear protective glasses and gloves before checking if they’ve got the affected batches (568ml single bottles and 568ml 12-packs with the batch code 1182381, 1214381 or 1217381). Individual bottles have the batch code printed on the neck, while 12-packs carry it on the long side of the pack to the right of the barcode.

If you’ve got one of the lucky, erm, dangerous bottles, you should call InBev UK Ltd as soon as you can on 0800 0731736 between 8am and 8pm every day. Do not consume or handle the product further. Or keep it until November 5th and use it as a cheap firework. It’s up to you.


  • james D.
    quiiiiick everyone ring stella even if your number isn't on the list "just in case"
  • Boris
    I've got a cratefull but regret buying them so much I might shake them all up and commit suicidre.
  • Brad
    "Hello is that Stella? Yes I appear to have 25 box's of the bad bottle could you send replacement please? Thanks babes XoX....."
  • The B.
    Alternatively just piss in a glass for that smooth velvety cidre flavour.

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