Bottles of Heineken lager by Heinken N.V. on ice

Heineken filed a lawsuit against a company in Chicago when it allegedly mishandled a shipment of beer that was left to freeze in the cold.

Heineken Sues Over 15,000 Cases of Frozen Beer

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When it comes to alcohol, frozen margaritas are acceptable but apparently frozen beer is bad for business. At least that’s according to Heineken N.V., which claims the company lost more than 15,000 cases of beer to frigid temps when a shipping company mishandled them.

Last year, the brews were shipped to the United States from Amsterdam and offloaded at the Port of Newark. The beer was then sent to Satellite Logistics Group in the Chicago suburbs, according to a lawsuit filed last month.

But Satellite Logistics allegedly failed to immediately put the 11 shipping containers of brew in a climate-controlled facility. Instead, the beer was left in below-zero temperatures for several days as Heineken charges in Manhattan Federal Court papers.

The “extreme temperature abuse” changed the taste of the beer, which had to be trashed, Heineken claimed.

Heineken was seeking more than $234,000 in damages but now says the case was resolved out of court.

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