Founders Bottle Dates

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Frankinstiener, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I went to grab some Founders Centennial IPA but saw it had no date. They had about 5 other varieties of Founders all with yellow dates printed on the necks. I remember when they used to print their dates in black and it was very hard to see against the bottle, but this isn't the case either. I bought it anyway against my better judgement. Tastes fine. The entire case on the shelf was this way? Could someone have wiped the dates off?
     
  2. Shankopotamus

    Shankopotamus Mar 7, 2011 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Did you look at all the bottles from the 6pk? Sometimes only 1 or 2 still have the date printed on the neck...
     
  3. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Yeah, and I checked a couple from the other 6 packs on the shelf. Total of 4 six packs... no dates
     
  4. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Just went and grabbed a FBS from my basement to see if these could be rubbed off and they can, just takes some scratching with the fingernail. I would like to think that I would be able to tell if the hops were old though and they don't taste like it. Perhaps the case they had on the shelf didn't get dated?
     
  5. Shankopotamus

    Shankopotamus Mar 7, 2011 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Probably multiple cases. If the printer goes down, they're not going to stop packaging. My guess is if they taste good, then there's nothing to worry about.
     
  6. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue May 1, 2011 Maine

    Could be just a printing issue. Victory Hop Devil dates are on the label but I've seen some with no dates.

    I bought a case of Founders Breakfast Stout and some of the dates were unreadable. There were just yellow specks on the bottle neck.
     
  7. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Yep its pretty typical of Founders bottles. With FBS I try to find the latest ones because of the coffee component.. and so if I see bottles of FBS without a date on it, I won't buy it. As long as its October (I think thats the latest brewing date anyway) I'm good for FBS. Otherwise I'll find something else to buy.
     
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