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snaotheus
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    Beer is good.

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    As a result of this thread, I've decided to start contacting breweries about poor beer dating practices.

    The message is usually of the general form:
    I'm drinking your beer right now. It's <not dated / unreadably dated / unnoticeably dated>. Thank you for making beer -- but please clearly, noticeably, and readably date your beer.

    So far...
    • 2015-08-22: Contacted Two Brothers about Wobble. Hard to find, human unreadable.
    • 2015-08-27: Contacted Pipeworks about Square Grouper. Hard to find, human unreadable date on the bottom. Customer service (Gerritt) responded, asked for more information. I sent pictures of the bottle. Eventually, they confirmed that the code was from the bottle manufacturer (not related to the beer). They informed me that they put batch numbers on their beer, and that these can be checked on their website. Some are not -- but I think these are "made once" or "made once per year" type beers.
    • 2015-08-28: Contacted Dogfish Head about Raison D'Extra. Not that I particularly care whether this one is fresh. But if I like it or dislike it -- how old is it? Do I like it fresh? Do I like it six years old?
    • 2015-08-31: Contacted Sixpoint about Resin. "Best by" date is clearly and noticeably stamped on the bottom of the can -- but it doesn't taste as good as I remember, and I don't know if "Best by" is a year after canning or a month. So I don't know how old it is. They responded with some information about how long their "Best by" dates are set out from bottling.
    • 2015-09-07: Contacted To Øl about Dangerously Close to Stupid. Couldn't find any dates or codes of any kind.
    • 2015-11-07: Contacted Karben4 about Idiot Farm. Found the code (half obscured behind the label, dark on dark), maybe (or maybe not) deciphered it as 116 days old. Doesn't taste terribly fresh.
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