Does beer really go bad after the 'best before'-date? I hear I can drink beers even after the expiration date, but is it safe, and does that still taste good?
Saint Arnold: They use a packaging date which is written in red ink on the bottle but they plan on using on easier to read ink in the future. Shelf-life is 3 months at room temperature and longer if kept cold. Saint Ides: They use an expiration date. Saint Somewhere: They use a bottling date. It's on the cases only. Format is MM/DD/YY. Sam Adams: Clearly shows the expiration date. The month is notched and the year is printed except for seasonal beers like Double Bock and Octoberfest when no year is given.
Sand Creek: They use a pull date on it's on the cases only. Format is MM/DD/YY. San Luis: They use a bottling date. From information we have seen the brewer states that they mark the month and week bottled on the label, though I am thinking of switching to a 'best before' system. Santa Cruz Aleworks: They use a bottling date on their cases only. Santa Cruz Mountain: They use a bottling date. From information we have seen the brewer states that they stamp the bottle (on the barcode) with our bottle date.
Santa Fe: They use a best by date which is 120 days from bottling/canning. Bottles: Only the cases are stamped, on the top. Cans: individual cans are marked with these dates. Kegs also have the same shelf life and are labelled as such. SanTan: They use a canning date which is located on the bottom of the can. Recommended shelf life is 60-90 days. Saranac: They use a 4 digit bottling date. First 3 digits are for the day of the year and the last digit is the year.
So 0262 was bottled on 26st day of 2012 or January 21, 2012. Saugatuck: They use a best by date. It's on the upper right corner of the label, batch number is underneath. Format is YY/MM/DD. SchillingBridge: They use an expiration date. From information we have seen the brewer states that it is on the bottom of each 6 pack there is an expiration date.
Which is 100 days from the day we bottled. Ex.: JUN 19 2013. Schlafly: They use a bottling date. All 12 oz. bottles are dated with the words "Bottled with Love on:". Their is also a a sticker with the bottling date on the bottom of their 750 ml. bottles. Sea Dog: They use a best enjoyed before date. Month and year are notched on the left side of the front label. Sebago: They use a bottled on date.
From information we have seen the brewer states that it is on the neck of our 12 oz. bottles and on the top of the body of our 22 oz., just above the label.
Should read BOTTLED MM/DD/YY. Seven Brides: They use a bottled on date located on the neck of the bottle. Shipwrecked: They use a bottling date. From information we have seen the brewer states that the cases are stamped with the date on which the beer was bottled (dd/mm/yy). There is no expiration date but their beers are not pasteurized and have a shelf life of about six months, longer if refrigerated. Shipyard: They use a best enjoyed before date.
Month and year are notched on the left side of the front label. Shmaltz: They use a bottling date. From information we have seen the brewer states that it is on the mother carton in a series of letter and numbers indicating the date of bottling (the letter is the month and other numbers are day and year). Short's: They use a crafted on date. Month and year should be printed on the bottle. Side Project: They use a batch code. The batch information can be seen on their website.
Brett Project has an actual bottling code, ex: 010714 is July 1, 2014. Sierra Nevada: They use a bottling date. Bottles: Example: 306311448; 3=2013; 063=day of year, or Mar 4; 1=bottling line 1; 1448= 2:48pm.
Cases: Example: 02/26/13 1 17:50. 02/26/13 = Date Packaged. Unfortunately, the date is in black ink on a brown bottle. It's nearly impossible to read for the porter. Silver City: They use a bottling date. From information we have seen the brewer states that they date their cases but not the bottles. Currently they are bottling about once or twice a month and use different colored caps.
For example: April = Red, May = Silver, June = Black and Gold. Most of our beers have a good shelf life of about 3 months with the Fat being the best keeper of about 6 months to a year or more.
Sixpoint: They use a best before date. It's stamped on the bottom of the cans and is also on the 4-pack tray. Ex.: BEST BEFORE10NOV2014. Ska: They use a best by date. On their cans it is printed almost at the bottom (where the side transitions to the bottom. For their bottles it is printed on the top shoulder, on the glass. Skyscraper: They use a bottling date on the cases only.
Sly Fox: They use a best by date. It's on the angled silver part of the bottom. They also code 24 and 12 pack cases. Smuttynose: They use a best before date and a bottled on date. From information we have seen the brewer states that they have a "bottled on" date on their master cartons and packaged on dates on their 12 pack.
Their 22 ounce bottles will continue to have a vintage bottling date on the bottom left side of the label that is notched. Snake River: They use a best by date which is located near the bottom of the can. Snipes Mountain: They have a kegged on date on their kegs. Snoqualmie Falls: They use a bottling date which is stamped on the cases only. Sockeye: They use a canning date which is stamped on six-packs and case boxes. Sound Brewery: They date stamps its cases only. They bottle once a week.
Southern Oregon: They use a bottling date. Only their cases are stamped. Format would read: Mar 22 2012. Southampton: They use a production date. It's a Julian code. DDDY, where DDD = Julian Production Date ; Y=last digit of year.
Southern Tier: They use a bottling date which is on the cases only and also on the bottles themselves. It's near the bottom of the label on the glass, format is "DOB mm/dd/yy". South Shore (WI): They use a bottled on date.
It appears on the container mm/dd/yyyy. Spaten: They use a four-digit expiration date. The first two digits are the month, the last two are the year. Speakeasy (CA): They use a bottling date. From information we have seen the brewer states that it is on each 6-pack carrier there should be a white circle near the handle with a date stamped on it. The 12 oz. & 22 oz. bottles now have the date also.
Spilker Ales: They use a best before date. It's on a tag which is on the bottle cap. Format is MM/DD/YY. Spoetzl: They use an expiration date. From information we have seen the brewer states that the expiration date is coded on each bottle and every case of beer. This code is 120 days from the date that it was bottled. This code is located on the shoulder of the bottle above the body label but below the neck label and is etched into the bottle.
Sprecher: They use a bottling date. It's a Julian code. Example: 131879930. 13 is the year, 187 is the 187th day of the year and 9930 is a batch code. Squatters Beers: They use a Best Enjoyed By date on their bottles.
Format is MM/DD/YY. St. George: They use a bottling date on the cases only. St. Pauli Girl: They clearly shows the expiration date as month and year. Starr Hill: They use a packaged on date. It's printed in blue ink above the label in MM/DD/YY format. The letter after the YY indicates the hour it was bottled: A = 8AM, B = 9AM, etc... Steamworks (CO): They use a best before date. Steel Toe: They use a bottling date on their boxes.
Steinlager: It clearly shows the bottling date. Stevens Point: They use a bottling date. It is a Julian code date. Example: 13312 would be the 133rd day of 2012. Should be on the base of the neck of the bottle as well as on the case box in the same format. Stillwater Ales: They use a bottling date. They started rolling it out on their new bottles. Stone Brewing Co: They have a laser engraved Enjoy Before date on the shoulder of the bottle in MM DD YY format.
Most of their core beers, including Stone IPA, Stone Pale Ale and Stone Levitation Ale, are have an enjoy by date that is 90 days from package date. Stone Smoked Porter and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale are at 120 days, or 4 months.
Stoudt's: They use both kinds of dates. Regular beers should have a best before date on the neck, and their bottle conditioned beers should have a bottling date, as they don’t have an official expiration date. Straight to Ale: They use a canning date on all their cans. Straub: They use a bottling date. From information we have seen the brewer states that it is below the neck and above the body label.
There should also be a date on the outside of all non-returnable cases. Sudwerk: They use a best by and a bottling date. From information we have seen the brewer states that they are located on each bottle on the label, as well as on the side of the case of beer. I believe the best by date is on the beer bottle, and the bottling date is on the case. Summit: They use an ''Enjoy by'' date which is stamped on the bottles and cases. Format is MM/DD/YYYY.
They seem to also use a Julian bottling code. It's on the label of the bottle on the left corner. Ex.: 1049115. 3 = Year (2013), 049 = 49th day of the year (Feb. 18th 2013) and 1154 - Military time (1154 Hrs). Sun King: They use a canned date. The day of the year is stamped on the bottom of the can. Format is YYDDD.
YY: Year, DDD: Julian date. Surly: They use a canned on date. It is located on the bottom of each can and also on the cardboard flats the beers come to the store in. Format is MM/DD/YYYY. Susquehanna: They use a best before date with a 120 to 150 day window. Swamp Head: There is no freshness info on their bottles. Most of their bottles are cellarable and the runs are very small. They have a kegged on date on their kegs which is pulled under 90 days.
Sweetwater: They use a best before date. Format is MM/DD/YYYY and should be on the label. Their beers have a 3 month shelf-life. Switchback: They use a bottled on date on the cases only. Ex. Jul 30, no year given.
best before date on beer bottles - Nine month Best Before dates "ridiculous" says Beer Professor
I drank 3 years old beer without any major change in taste. It was extra strong so I got tipsy too. Nothing happened. So, I do not think this may cause any adverse health issue. But it should be consumed within 6 months of the date of its manufacturing for best results. – user3894 Mar 17 '15 at 15:25 • If you are shopping at places where you consistently see beer on shelves after their best by date then its safe to assume that they aren't putting as much care into their stock.
When i see that it starts to make my choices at that store change. I no longer trust the beer that they have will taste like it should. Forget trying to buy any IPAs as they lose their hop aromas, and will only consider beers where their age isn't as important such as higher alcohol beers, stouts, porters, brown ales, etc – Mar 19 '15 at 15:13 • The beer will not be bad in the sense of unsafe to drink, since no harmful pathogens grow once the beer is fully fermented.
So you can certainly drink the beer. However, the beer may not taste good! Over time, the beer will oxidize, both from oxygen introduced during packaging, but also through the release of oxygen from compounds previously oxidized in the beer.
The oxygen causes the beer to stale, producing tones of sherry, paper, cardboard. Hop aromas are muted, and hop beta acids oxidize to produce an unrefined bitterness. Other forms of staling can lead to a soap taste.
Generally, the higher the alcohol content of the beer the less you need to be concerned with the use by date. StillTasty.com has the following to say with regards to beer - particularly specifying that this applies to regular or light beer from bottles or cans manufactured by major breweries: Good for 1 day, refrigerated. Tips: • Keep refrigerated and tightly covered. • After opening, most commercially manufactured beer will remain safe to consume if properly stored, but it will quickly become flat and lose flavor.
Good for 4-6 months, in pantry or refrigerator. Tips: • The precise answer to the question "How long does beer last?" depends to a large extent on storage conditions - store beer in cool, dark area. • Keep beer away from direct sources of heat or light; too much exposure to light can cause beer to develop a foul taste. • To maximize the shelf life of beer, store beer at a temperature between 45° F and 55° F (colder than the typical room temperature, but warmer than a refrigerator) - if this is not possible, store beer in the refrigerator.
• Storage times shown are for best quality only - after that, the beer's color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly. • How to tell if beer is bad? If beer develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded for quality purposes. • "Best By," "Best if Used By," and "Use By" dates on commercially packaged foods sold in the United States represent the manufacturer's estimate of how long the product will remain at peak quality - in most cases, the beer will still be safe to consume after that date, as long as it has been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
• Beer made by some micro-breweries may not retain peak quality as long as beer from major breweries. This depends entirely on the beer.
As a rule of thumb I would say that any beer which is re-fermented once bottled, can be preserved for several years. You need to be careful when preserving, but it's not unheard of to drink 35 year old beers. Often these beers are the darker, stronger ones like Westmalle or Orval. This depends on many factors, but usually best-before date is what is states, also the date before which the full quality of the product is guaranteed.
It doesn't mean you can't consume it afterwards, it just means that you can't make formal complaint about the taste or potential sickness caused by consumption of the product after that date. The people from food industry said me, that it is general rule, that the best-before date is normally exaggerated in bottom direction, just to protect the company from potential sues.
I've often drank beer much after best-before date, and as long as that date wasn't exceeded by more than a year, I haven't noticed any big difference in taste.
Hello everyone! I was eating my breakfast, and I noticed this on my jam bottle. It's just a St. Dalfour jam bottle, and there's a label on the body of the bottle saying "Best before: The bottle show up" And the best before date is on the top of the bottle.
(I hope it's not confusing.) While I do understand it is a small label and people might not use 'right English to save space (plus the fact that the jam is distributed in HK). I wonder how we would say it or write it normally, can we say 1. The best before date is up on the bottle.
2. The best before date is shown up on the bottle. Or to stick with the label a bit, 3. The bottle shows up the best before date(?? I don't think this is correct.) How would you say it? Would you even use 'show up'?? Please explain! Thank you! Click to expand...I wouldn't say so.
"Best-before date," "best-by date," "use-by date," "expiration date," ... are all used. One of the more common now is "sell-by date" - the manufacturer doesn't want to tell you when to stop using it but when the store should take it off the shelf. I think St Dalfour meant to say "Best-before (date) shown/printed on top/lid." "Up" was really wrong there.
Expiration Dates Don't Mean What You Think