Lagunitas 12-pack Date Code

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by beer1018, Mar 23, 2022.

  1. beer1018

    beer1018 Initiate (174) Dec 9, 2008 Ohio

    Apparently I am not a smart man and could not figure out what the date is looking at their codes. Could someone fill me in on what date this code is?

    306 12 5510 1053
  2. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,824) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Hopefully some BA has a 'Little Orphan Annie Decoder' to crack the code here.

    FWIW, if a brewery can't be bothered to use an easy to understand packaging date I can't be bothered to give them my money.

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  3. rgb03

    rgb03 Initiate (143) Oct 16, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Lagunitas uses Julian date code.
    I think 306 would be November 2nd
    #3 rgb03, Mar 23, 2022
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2022
  4. beer1018

    beer1018 Initiate (174) Dec 9, 2008 Ohio

    I have heard that as well. In this case reading the first four numbers would place this somewhere early November 2021. Correct?
  5. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,543) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Trick or treat - 2 days after Halloween.
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  6. DavetotheB

    DavetotheB Poo-Bah (1,626) Sep 30, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Agreed. Thing is, Lagunitas was bothered enough to put an actual date on bottles of Born Yesterday. And if I remember correctly, the date was in a contrasting color as opposed to their current practice of using black ink on brown glass...
  7. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,819) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Hopefully this is true. Fresh Lagunitas IPA is still one of my favorite everyday beers, but I've had no way of knowing what's old and what's not. I assumed the code was some kind of internal thing and have just been getting pints at a local restaurant.
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  8. jmk

    jmk Initiate (110) May 8, 2008 Illinois

    If I remember correctly it is the 306th day (Nov 2nd) of year 2021 (the 1 after the Julian date) and brewed in Chicago (the 2 after the 1). I believe a 1 after the year would mean the California brewery. The stuff after the first 5 numbers identifies the specific time and batch.
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  9. Fenski

    Fenski Devotee (433) Apr 24, 2008 Ohio

    It's both funny and annoying how breweries put obstacles in front of us trying to figure out when they brewed their beer. "Well, we DO date our beer!" (Even though you have to do research on how to read said date).

    I used mine and it said "Be sure to drink your Lil Sumpin Sumpin"
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  10. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,543) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    But "Day of the Year" (typically but technically incorrectly often referred to as "Julian" ) dating is common - I've worked for at least 3 Fortune 500 companies that used it and the cheap calendars I buy every year for computer desk and the side of the refrigerator list it, like this snip from last year's version.
    It also avoids the confusion of European day/month vs US month/day methods.

    My complaints (as noted by others above) with Lagunitas has always been legibility on the bottles and the fact that the dates tend to be many months in the past. I don't recall ever finding dating on the cans' 6 or 12 pack cartons, but I might have just given up on the brewery for that and a few other reasons.
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  11. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (862) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Did they change their dating system? I no longer see julian codes. It looks like the beginning of the second line is the actual bottle date... (10/04/22)

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  12. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poo-Bah (1,917) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Interesting. I will have to take a look next time I'm at the store. The top line appears to have the same date in Julian type format (BYDDD = B2277 = Oct 04 2022). Date code redundancy in case one of the lines smears off? :laughing:
    They used to have a 1 or a 2 present to indicate Petaluma or Chicago, respectively. Maybe it's now an A or B to indicate this?
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  13. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (862) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    I think you're right on the money. On the east coast, we only get Chicago brewed stuff AFAIK.

    Trying one now, and it definitely tastes 1 month old. Pretty damn good.
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