Head Hunter Bottling Date?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by proseberry, Jan 13, 2013.

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  1. proseberry

    proseberry Initiate (0) May 2, 2008 Illinois

    Hey. Does Fat Head's Head Hunter show their bottling date. Either on the bottle ir on the carton? Thanks.
  2. nlmartin

    nlmartin Meyvn (1,468) Jul 26, 2005 Ohio

    I just pulled a 4 pack of Head Hunter from my fridge purchased last week. No dates on either carton or the remaining bottle. Its a major dick move for a brewer not to give a bottled on date for any product.
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  3. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    Agreed. No date that I can find. Given the price of this beer, a bottle date would be appreciated and expected.
  4. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Poo-Bah (1,520) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    Not that I know of. There is a stamp on the bottom of the bottle, but if it contains bottling date info I couldn't tell you how to read it.

    In my opinion, this beer holds together very well if kept in the fridge. Even after 3-4 weeks of purchase, to me it's still very sharp and tasty with a great tropical fruit nose.
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  5. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,558) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    No, unfortunately they don't. It's probably not because they don't want to, maybe they can't afford it at the moment? Not sure. But I'd like to think it's in their future, we'll see..
  6. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    In addition to that, around me (and granted, I may be in the minority here) the bottles move fast enough that there's really not much need for bottle dating yet, IMO.
  7. proseberry

    proseberry Initiate (0) May 2, 2008 Illinois

    Thank you everybody!
  8. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,558) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    Around here in Cleveland, it's just about to that point where you can find it everywhere and there's no telling how long it's been on shelves, unless you ask or stay updated when your stops get shipments.
  9. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Maybe they should start sending more to Warren then :wink:
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  10. nlmartin

    nlmartin Meyvn (1,468) Jul 26, 2005 Ohio

    Speed of bottle movement is great until you grab an old 4 pack. Columbus brewing seemed to depend on speed of turn-over for Columbus DIPA. My very first experience with them was wretched. The beer was a muted and frankly a bland mess. Lucky for me the people at Columbus Brewing are good people and replaced the sixer. Amazing what a bad review will do?
  11. HeyJim

    HeyJim Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania

    It's bad enough there's no date, but then on the label they have the audacity to tell you to drink it fresh and not to let it age.
  12. RyanMcFly1985

    RyanMcFly1985 Aspirant (250) Oct 20, 2007 Ohio
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    Columbus bottle-dates now too.
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  13. WesM63

    WesM63 Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Ohio

    They haven't been distributing outside of Cleveland for that long. Bottle dates will come in time.

    Take a few deep breaths people.
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  14. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aspirant (217) Apr 11, 2010 Ohio
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    I'd like to see a bottled date but fortunately I have never had a bad Head Hunter
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  15. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (189) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    no date. and i always wonder people ask why their is no date on the bottle. if i was a brewer and i knew of a way that would help to ensure a sale i would. for example if your in a store an you go to buy some head hunter but then you see its 2 months old theirs a chance you might put it back. i would appreciate the date but i understand why they don't put it on.
  16. miketd

    miketd Zealot (524) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    I don't buy Head Hunter anywhere but the brewpub, and I have conveyed the worries to one of the brewers. I think they are aware of the problem and also know some product sits around in some stores. With all that said, there is a date on the cases but I know many stores don't leave them sitting out.
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  17. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Champion (865) Nov 30, 2008 Wisconsin
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    Gonna throw this out there but in no way am I saying my thought is a guarantee lock....I looked at the bottom of an empty bottle and the first four numbers were 2282, a possible way to read this is the first two represents 2012 and the 282 stands for the 282nd day of 2012. It's a code dating format we use at work (I work in the food packaging industry).
    Just a possibility....
  18. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,305) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Though there are a few breweries date coding their beer near the base, in general those codes are from the bottle manufacturer and are the date when the bottle was made. Compare a few different brands that come in the same bottles and you'll find that same dating system. Many US breweries use Owens-Illinois bottles, which can be ID'ed by the O-I logo embossed around the base, along with a two digit year, along with some dots and other digits.

    Those dates can be helpful with cellared beers or antique collectable bottles, but aren't much help with determining how many weeks since bottling a fresh IPA might be.:wink:
  19. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    As always, let me know if and when they date :slight_smile:
  20. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    I don't seem to have their info. What is the format? I'll add it to my Fresh Beer Only list.
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  21. RyanMcFly1985

    RyanMcFly1985 Aspirant (250) Oct 20, 2007 Ohio
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    They use Julian Code. The first two digits are the year and then the last 3 are the day that it was bottled. For example, if they bottled a beer on December 31st, 2012, the code would be 12365, meaning it was bottled on the 365th day of the year 2012. Cheers!
  22. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    Thank you, i will add them!
  23. Extravadanza

    Extravadanza Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2011 Ohio

    When did they start this and where is it, couldn't find this on the couple bottles I have but maybe I'm just not looking in the right spot.
  24. BT_Bobandy

    BT_Bobandy Defender (646) Feb 20, 2011 Ohio
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    I've had old HH before....its tastes like it was dry hopped with moth balls. It's usually fresh found around Cleveland though. Some bottle shops buy a shit ton of it and let it sit. When fresh, it's fantastic.
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  25. shuggy

    shuggy Initiate (136) Dec 22, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    I haven't bought a case in about a month but of the many that I have purchased there has never been a date on the case either.
  26. miketd

    miketd Zealot (524) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    They just started dating them.
  27. RyanMcFly1985

    RyanMcFly1985 Aspirant (250) Oct 20, 2007 Ohio
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    I am not sure exactly when they started it. Maybe in the middle of 2012? Tony Corder could probably chime in. The code is on the label, written somewhat small (I am at work and do not have access to a bottle to give you an exact location of the code).
  28. psuKinger

    psuKinger Devotee (487) Feb 2, 2005 Pennsylvania

    They do intend to. I emailed them back in June of 2012, and to my delight, I got a (very quick) response from their head brewer. It is planned. He didn't elaborate on why they currently aren't, but it would be my guess that you correct... the necessary equipment just isn't currently within the budget.

    Others in this thread need to keep in mind that I think they've been using Troeg's old brewhouse for less than a year now... that likely was a major investment.

    This is generally true in Western PA, as well. I normally just don't buy beer that isn't dated, but Fathead's beer is sufficiently excellent, and it moves quickly enough around here that it's generally a pretty safe bet. So I bend the rules for these guys.

    Likewise, 3 Floyd's doesn't bottle date... but they're good enough, that when my buddy goes home to Indiana he picks up some bottles anyway. He's been burnt a few times, recently, though, with some Arctic Panzer that wouldn't have been purchased if a Freshness Date had been available.

    EDIT: If this is referring to Fathead's, please disregard all of the above :slight_smile:

    Great news.
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  29. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,112) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I have a case of Head Hunter sitting in my basement. I coud have sworn there was no date on the case. I just turned, flipped it around many times and then my vision finally worked. In gray font it lists a bottled on date. The overall markings on the case (logo, 'advertisements' of winning awards, etc.) are very vibrant on the case. The bottling date is subtle in comparison (but it is there!)

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  30. tcorder219

    tcorder219 Initiate (22) Mar 11, 2008 Ohio

    Ryan is correct on the Columbus Brewing Julian code. The 5 digit code should be stamped in black on the left side of the label. The "mother case" also gets stamped with mo/day/yr. We've been coding bottles on and off for the past 9 months or so. Had some insane issues with the machine...so it wasn't really consistent until a few months ago.
    Crossing our fingers the coder cooperates for a while.

    Tony- Columbus Brewing
  31. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Picked up some fresh Head Hunter last night. So gud.
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  32. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Zealot (543) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

    Reviving Zombie Thread...

    I was going to pick up some Head Hunter last night. There was no yellow bottle dating on the bottles like i have seen in the past. It was in the newer packaging. I noticed a code on the lower side of the bottle, but it was nothing i have ever seen before (i.e. julian dating or derivation there of). Does anyone know if Fat Head's changed their bottle dating, and if so, how I can decipher the new bottle dating? It just looked like a series of random numbers.
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  33. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Savant (975) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    I have never come across a Fat Heads beer without a date . . . just me ? By the sound of this thread I guess so. A lot of the times it will be smudged at worst but always been there in my experience.
  34. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,247) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Probably the bottle manufacturer's dating system. See Post 18 above by jesskidden.
  35. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Zealot (543) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

    dammit. thanks for point that out. this bottle shop is shady enough to "wipe off" the bottle dates to hide freshness. i'll be avoiding those 4 packs.
  36. glass_house

    glass_house Defender (615) Jan 10, 2014 Ohio
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    Haven't noticed it with Head Hunter, but recently my local bottle shop had Sunshine Daydream from two separate deliveries. One batch was dated, the other wasn't. The more recent stuff was dated, so I'm assuming any bottles that made it out undated were just an oversight. Purely speculation, though.
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  37. KSOZE

    KSOZE Devotee (432) Feb 10, 2015 Ohio
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    I have come here to report the batches that hit my area recently are not dated. Bottle coder go down?
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  38. miketd

    miketd Zealot (524) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    Many bottles I see lately have no dates and the cans are not legible. I only by two places, the brewery and one bottle shop I know that gets good turnaround.
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  39. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Poo-Bah (1,520) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    I was looking at Head Hunter in Cincinnati this past Saturday and also failed to find bottled-on-dates.
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  40. Jae9979

    Jae9979 Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2012 New York
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    I purchased 2 weeks ago from brew pub in Pittsburgh..dates were on the bottles and clear as day.
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