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What's the longest expired beer you've seen on a shelf?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BlueRogue, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. GameFreac

    GameFreac Advocate (515) Georgia Apr 8, 2011 Beer Trader

    A bunch of 2009 Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere at a liquor store near me.
  2. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    They should have been on the shelves here when they were fresh because I would have cleared the damn shelves of them.
  3. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    Good grief. That may be my favourite of all of the Sierra Nevada beers.
  4. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    Yeah. That really sucks. I wish I could take them to Stone Brewery and ask them to remake them, and I'll buy a bunch. :)
  5. diesel59

    diesel59 Savant (410) New York Jan 3, 2012

    ale smiths 2010... the one with fireworks on the front.... and I bought it and it was killer.................
  6. Sneers

    Sneers Savant (455) Pennsylvania Dec 27, 2009

    Last Summer I found a bottle of 2007 Avery Maharaja.
  7. jmarsh123

    jmarsh123 Advocate (610) Indiana Mar 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    Was excited to find a bottle of Great Divide Fresh Hop on the shelves last fall right around the time all the harvest ales were showing up. Yep 2010. Horrible.

    Also haven't checked the date, but we still have Avery on the shelves in one store in town. They stopped distributing to IN last summer. Who knows how long they were there before that?
  8. Treebs

    Treebs Advocate (640) Illinois Apr 18, 2011

    I found some waxed dipped IPA's from Flossmoor at a local shop. It's been at least two years since they've waxed dipped em.
  9. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Advocate (550) Oregon Aug 17, 2005 Beer Trader

    I found a 6pk of Grant's Perfect Porter at a podunk gas station in central Oregon a couple months ago. I was really, really tempted to buy it, but then I realized I don't need an undrinkable souvenir.
  10. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    1 day old Pliny.
  11. otrejo

    otrejo Savant (330) Illinois Mar 8, 2011 Beer Trader

    A few months ago, I found a 2006 Arcadia Cocoa Loco on the shelf. It was no bueno.
  12. azureoval

    azureoval Savant (470) California Jan 25, 2010

    I saw some Port Brewing Mango in the cooler of a major retailer with a code date of 6-XX-11 yesterday.
  13. robhunta

    robhunta Savant (250) Maine Apr 5, 2009 Beer Trader

    Runaway, runaway, runaway
  14. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    That's pretty normal for Port. Their bottles are always ancient. There isn't a steady flow of Mongo at all. My guy who gets 3 day old Pliny and moves beers FAST has 11/11 Mongo, lol.
  15. azureoval

    azureoval Savant (470) California Jan 25, 2010

    Which is sad because fresh Mongo is one of my favorites. I wonder why this beer does not move ?
  16. Because it's weighted down with sediment.
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  17. Jose2412

    Jose2412 Savant (250) Michigan Feb 25, 2012

    I found a 2007 Orval in a store on a remote Island on the East side of Michigan's Upper Penninsula. I gave it to the clerk and had him throw it out.
  18. ghostly

    ghostly Aficionado (175) New York Mar 7, 2011

    There's a bodega on 73rd and Columbus, NYC, that has had some random 750 of a Belgian dubbel I'd never heard of (and can't remember now) sitting in a little tucked-away nook since 2007. I always notice it, but I'm not about to cough up the $14 to buy it.
  19. dc55110

    dc55110 Advocate (560) Minnesota Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Last fall I picked up a bottle of La Trappe Quad with a best before sometime in '03 date code on it.
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  20. Riseagainstme

    Riseagainstme Zealot (75) Apr 30, 2012

    Most expired I bought was a Brewdog Paradox :( Should have read about if before I bought it in the first place, and was bottled in 2007. And had to take a sixer of Brooklyn Brown back to the cooler at actually a really good beer place by me just the other day, that was a year past date. And worst tasting... I got a Baltika of whatever one is in the big plastic bottle and actually it wasn't that bad for being like 2.99, so I bought another one a few months later at a different place and it had been expired for a year. Yep that was undrinkable.
  21. I was in Brugge Belgium about 8 years ago and found one Roenbach from 1964, a Leffe from the mid 1960's and about 7 St. Bernardus 6's from the 1950's. Bought them all for 2 euro's each.
  22. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,070) New York Mar 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    Hope you disposed of them properly. That is, by sharing with friends and sipping appreciatively :)
  23. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (705) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    A small store not far from me a few months back had some Stoudts Lager from 2009 still on the shelf.

    mmmm,fresh beer.

  24. I did.......they were good.....I drank some, gave some to friends and donated 4 to the old beer tasting in brugge at the Brugge beer fest in 2010 and one for their 2012 old beer tasting held at the fest a few months ago.....

    forgot to mention that there were 2 old Half moon beers in there, from brugge in the 1960's
  25. Pretty much anything at my local Bevmo. I wasn't careful and recently bought a Fullers ESB that expired a year ago. Still the best ESB I've ever had though, so I'm excited to try it fresh.
  26. lol I think we have the same batch at some of our stores
  27. good point. maybe overpriced, but Id pick up a fresh bottle
  28. 71gto

    71gto Savant (315) Illinois Jun 3, 2009 Beer Trader

    brought an 07 GI BCBS to a tasting a few months ago
  29. Wow that is some shady business! I personally would love to try Gubna but every can is dated way past 8 months of age. Don't think I would ever pick up any Oskar Blues without a date on the bottom of the can...
  30. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poobah (1,260) Pennsylvania Dec 4, 2004 Beer Trader

    I agree, it's been tough finding fresh Gubna around here also. You can't find it at D's, FatHeads, or Bocktown? We sometimes get it fresh on tap in the Philly area and I always go with a growler in hand.
  31. peteinSD

    peteinSD Savant (255) California Apr 25, 2010

    a month ago i saw port brewing's 3rd anniversary on the shelves in a central california store (6th anniversary was just released) - this is a IIPA.
  32. happilytorn

    happilytorn Aspirant (25) May 5, 2012

    Enjoying a recently purchased Fuller's London Pride that has a "best by" date of November 29, 2000 right now. I never had one "fresh", but if they are anywhere near as good as this I just found my new favorite beer.
  33. BrownNut

    BrownNut Savant (345) Florida Jul 11, 2011

    New to Mikkeller, I was excited to finally see one on the shelf recently, a Nelson Sauvin single-hop. Yes, please. Buuuut then I got it home, idly peeled the price tag off the cap to find the 2009 date underneath. Damn it. Bet those hops are going to be soooo bright and fresh.
  34. xnicknj

    xnicknj Advocate (740) Pennsylvania May 25, 2009

    i've bought some 1-2 year old JP bottles from stores before and they exploded and gushed everywhere. never again.
  35. MLucky

    MLucky Savant (400) California Jul 31, 2010

    Once I went into a liquor store in the fall and saw a 22ozer of Celebration, and I thought, "wow, didn't know it was out already!" Turns out it was a bottle from the previous year. I bought it, just for the hell. It didn't taste that great, but it wasn't awful.
  36. WesM63

    WesM63 Advocate (740) Ohio Nov 6, 2011

    Cap N Cork in Fort Wayne, IN (Coldwater Road) this past weekend.

    2011 Stone Belgo Anise IRS
    2011 SN Bigfoot (Singles, Sitting above the 2012 six packs)
    FFF Munsterfest
    Boulevard Tank 7, best by date was 2/29/2012.

    Nothing super old but old enough. (Ok, i still bought one of each of them)
  37. Nothing like AGED rotten onions and feet...
  38. A distributor near me has green flash west coast ipa with a date on the box of August 2011. Of late they have more and more old beer. I have started going elsewhere more and more.

  39. Stoutfan23DJ

    Stoutfan23DJ Savant (300) Illinois Jul 10, 2011

    A bottle shop near me still has bottles of Avery's Maharaja from 2008 and Ale To The Chief from 2009 sitting on the shelves.
  40. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Advocate (625) Georgia Nov 13, 2008 Beer Trader

    I recently bought a Paradox that had a 2009 best by date. It was actually quite nice though seems as though it'd have been better a year or so ago.