things like adding dates to bottles costs a lot of money to get going. it seems like it should be standard by now and the equipment would be readily available and affordable right? well it isnt, especially when so many new breweries buy their equipment used from either failed businesses or ones that have been successful enough to upgrade. when i think about breweries with good bottle dating, first to mind are Stone, DFH, Founders, Southern Tier, Oskar Blues, Victory, Smuttynose..... well established, wildly successful businesses with national or near-national distribution. when i think of breweries i am "frustrated" with for not putting dates on their packaging, it seems to be smaller, young, regional brewers. coincidence? every brewer i know is very concerned with freshness of product, its simply not that they "dont get it."