Bear Republic Greatness (freshness date please)

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by colforbin73, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. colforbin73

    colforbin73 Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2010 California

    they are such an outstanding brewery.... Black Bear has got to be the best buy in american craft brew.

    Black Bear @3/4.99 > Pliny the Elder @4.99.

    but can i get a clue on where to find the best-by date on their bottles..... a 12 of racer 5 for $12??? (safeway).... it tastes good... but this has to be wrong somehow.... i just want to verify this is indeed reasonably fresh and is only $12......

    ALSO -- 4 pak of double jack at 10.99 meet old rasputin 4 pak 8.99 --- you guys need to marry --- awesome pricing -- back to bear republic... red rocket 4 paks at 8.99 are also a steal....

    long live american beer.

  2. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,738) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I am a big fan of Red Rocket. Lb ng lb
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  3. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    don't ruin a good thing.............. thats what happens once everybody is hip to it..... I watched Carlo Rossi Piasano go from $8.99 a gallon to 14.99 a gallon in three years................. greedy bastards:angry:
  4. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Poo-Bah (3,162) Jun 9, 2006 Colorado
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    date is laser printed towards the bottom of the bottle. Too bad its never fresh in CO any more :slight_frown:
  5. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    It would be more greatness if they bottled Tartare.
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  6. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (626) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Yeah. I had tartare on tap last year and it was crazy good.bottle that in 12oz and I am all over it.

  7. BearRepublic

    BearRepublic Initiate (148) Oct 15, 2009 California

    Bottle date information:

    If you turn the bottle upside down, you will see two lines of printed numbers. The first line has internal brewery information. The second line is where you will find what you are looking for. The first six digits of the second line will have the date the beer was bottled. For example, 0204133305= 02/04/13. It is best to consume within a month or two.
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  8. BearRepublic

    BearRepublic Initiate (148) Oct 15, 2009 California

    You can find information posted on the bottle date information in our previous reply. Just fyi, you found 12 packs of Racer 5 on sale for $12 at Safeway this weekend because they were doing a deal for the Superbowl. The beer is very fresh!
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  9. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (517) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    I bought a six pack about a week ago bottled 1/4/13. The date was in yellow ink on the bottom side of the bottle, but not upside down. Easier to read than the black ink printed upside down.
  10. LCB_Hostage

    LCB_Hostage Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Dude, living on the east coast, I have to pay $40-50/case for Racer 5 and I do so willingly, so don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Even if it's slightly out of date, that's a deal I'd take a NY second. That said, I can't believe Racer 5 is going to sit around long anywhere, so you probably just got a great beer at an unbelievable price.
  11. dcgunman

    dcgunman Defender (656) Jul 1, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Is there any information (date) on a 12 pack box of Racer 5?
  12. jrnyc

    jrnyc Savant (904) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    Dates on Bear Republic beers the worst. I had a bottle of Cafe 15, needed glasses and flashlight to even see that the date exists, even then it was hard to read.
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  13. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Poo-Bah (1,650) Aug 10, 2013 California
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    Bear Republic is very good but I also struggle with purchasing their IPAs because I never seem to find a bottled on date but it's good to know where it is now.
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  14. rather

    rather Aspirant (260) May 31, 2013 California

    I am pretty sure it's printed on the box but I don't know where
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  15. BikeChef

    BikeChef Disciple (379) Dec 27, 2007 District of Columbia
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Digging up an old thread, as I'm looking at a bottle of Racer 5 I'm drinking and the only printed info on it is one line on the bottom that reads (I think?): 010 A1 1512. Huh? Dec 2015 maybe? I just purchased this from a Trader Joe's and it seems less than fresh. I wish Bear Republic would print easier to read and decipher dates-- usually it stops me from buying their beer.
  16. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2012 Virginia

    I just bought some racer 5, there should be a date printed at the bottom of the bottle along with the info you posted. It's a best by date and I'm pretty sure it's 4 months out.

    See post #7 here, possibly something has changed but they are still using a best by date for sure.
  17. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,211) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    from linked post, which is 2 years old, "Our year-round offerings (Racer 5, Red Rocket, Hop Rod Rye, Peter Brown and Big Bear) are all dated 6 months from the bottled on date."
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