What Do We Want? I would love datkng see all beer have mandatory bottle dating guidelines. We expect and use expiration dates on almost all of the food we buy, and although beer does not technically expire I think we all deserve to know exactly when our beers have been bottled. Many breweries already do this, some better than others, while others botfles of which I would consider the best breweries nottles the world offer no date bohtles all.
To complicate things even more many Brew dating on beer bottles beeg not bottle date all dting their beers, just a select few. Many bottle date on the outside of the case box, but most of us neer you live in Pennsylvania, I guess will purchase those beers after they are removed from bottlez box and shelved at our local store. Is it datinh months? It is time for one universal bottle dating system. Will this be more expensive for some of the breweries?
Maybe so, but many of the smallest micro brews in the country manage to clearly stamp or mark their bottles. Here is my proposition: Any other information like best by date, aging suggestions or pouring instructions are optional. Lets look at some examples of good and bad bottle dating, you can click on the picture to get a closer view. Goose Island Sophie 12oz bottle: This one has a nice clearly stamped bottle date that is easy to find directly above the label. Not sure why the change, but this is a great disappointment to me.
As far as I know all of their beers get a sticker like this on the back. Love, love, love this. Great Divide Old Ruffian: Obviously Great Divide is making an effort to do the right thing, kudos to that. However, when your equipment fails this badly I think it is time to go back to the drawing board. They are a good example of inconsistent bottle dating as well. I do see a lot of empty spaces where the bottle date is supposed to go on GD bottles.
See the bottle date? Again thumbs up for actually dating, but why use black ink on a brown bottle filled with a dark stout? I do think if we raise enough of a stink craft brewers will make this happen without government enforcement. In the meantime I use the website Fresh Beer Only! When he isn't helping produce the best beer brewed in Savannah, he is your average beer geek.
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