What's the longest expired beer you've seen on a shelf?

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  1. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 Maine

    I was at Shaw's this morning and I checked out the date on a sixer of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale. Best by September 2010 on the bottles. Yikes.
  2. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    I got this beer called Leute Bok and it was bb like 2001 about a year ago. It was pretty good actually.
  3. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    I saw the San Diego County Session Ale on the shelf somewhere, unrefrigerated, a few months ago.
  4. lulualbesaid

    lulualbesaid Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2011 Illinois

    Sam Adams Triple Bock.
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  5. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,108) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I have seen Smutty Big A over a year expired, and for a IIPA that is like way, way expired. That's 119 to you and me.
  6. canoale

    canoale Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2010 Ohio

    2008 BBCS in 6 packs if it was taken care of I'd bought
    Oh yea a 2007 fort that I bought (terrible )
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  7. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,902) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Accidentally bought some 5-6yr old Old Vermonster from TOPS liquor here in Arizona. The date was on the bottom, which isn't very common.
  8. nrs207

    nrs207 Defender (660) Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Saw a DIPA bottled in 2010 a couple months ago.
  9. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    I bought three 4-packs of 2007 GI BCBS in 2010.
  10. STKPICR0720

    STKPICR0720 Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2011 Alabama

    I just saw a Seadog Apricot the other day that had a massive amount of dust on it. I picked it up and it said best by May 09 on it. Wow
  11. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2011 Texas

    There's some Steamworks Conductor Double IPA bottled in 09 at a local shop.
  12. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts

    Once saw a 8 month old Pliny on a shelf. Just awful :slight_frown:
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  13. goosewhisperer

    goosewhisperer Initiate (0) May 28, 2011 Colorado

    3 year aged NBB beer...yum.
  14. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (3,254) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland

    A two year old set of GUBNA cans I once made a thread about.

    Still tempted to see how awful it potentially is.
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  15. Halcyondays

    Halcyondays Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2007 California

    A place by me still has some best by 2009 Fuller's ESB and London Pride on the shelves.
  16. LiquidTable

    LiquidTable Initiate (0) May 3, 2011 Michigan

    In about 2006, while working for a wholesaler in metro Detroit, I found 1 single bottle in a cooler rack of Stroh's Signature. There was no date on it, but I believe it was discontinued in the 80s, as the brewery in Detroit closed in 1985... I bought it cuz it's cool
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  17. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Crusader (776) Apr 3, 2006 Michigan

    I found a six pack of dust covered Grant's IPA and another of Stoney Creek Lager (defunct). I think Grant's has been closed since 2005.
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  18. pitweasel

    pitweasel Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2007 New York

    Over easter, I saw some Unibroue Ephemera that was "Best By 2008". Sadly, it wasn't at Beers of the World.
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  19. muletrane

    muletrane Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2006 Pennsylvania

    2 year old case of Flower Power. Damn shame!
  20. SirDrinxAlot

    SirDrinxAlot Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2009 Massachusetts

    Last year saw Heavy Seas Loose Cannon with a best by 2008 date.
  21. Beefytits4

    Beefytits4 Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2011 Illinois

    found some Fuller's ESB earlier this year. it was either 2008 or 2009, cant remember off hand.
  22. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    I place near me has Sam Smith beers from 2002.
  23. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    You should buy it, and give it to your dog "Jim"
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  24. Retail1LO

    Retail1LO Initiate (0) May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I'll take it further.

    What's the longest expired beer you've seen on the shelf and still bought?
    What's the longest expired beer you've bought and still enjoyed?
  25. klaybie

    klaybie Initiate (118) Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    I saw a La Fin du Monde from the mid 2000's at a bottle shop near me.
  26. korguy123

    korguy123 Initiate (0) May 17, 2008 Canada (ON)

    Bought a 2010 Jolly Pumpkin Weizenbam this month on a trip into Michigan at Siciliano's. Never even crossed my mind to check the date until I got home. Was still good at least.

    Not expired per say but still old enough I would had probably passed had I noticed before buying.
  27. Vav

    Vav Initiate (192) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    When i cleaned my cooler last year i found a 7oz bottle of Budweiser from 2001 wedged in the support rails.
  28. coronajm

    coronajm Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2010 Ohio

    One of my old standbys... Damn shame.
  29. Norica

    Norica Aspirant (234) Feb 2, 2006 Massachusetts

    Although a great score Bourbon County isn't expired 3 years in..
  30. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,108) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    That may well have been sarcasm from Mr. freakness.
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  31. shand

    shand Poo-Bah (1,765) Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    Saw a lonely single of Dogfish Head 60 Minute with a best-by date in early '09 sitting on the mix-a-six rack of a local ABC that I only use as a source for ageable CCB beers as they seem to languish on the shelf there. Picked up a '10 Big Sound from there last month actually, delicious! I wouldn't dare buy anything undated and not ageable there though.
  32. nrs207

    nrs207 Defender (660) Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Well I doubt it counts as expired, since it's a barleywine, but the oldest beer I've bought and enjoyed straight from the shelf was a 4 year old bottle (2008) of Stone Old Guardian. I had my doubts since it was just sitting there on a shelf room temp on the rack closest to the window, but it was still damn delicious.
  33. fvernon

    fvernon Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2010 Wisconsin

    you and me both, buddy. just saw some Big A on a shelf that was bottled in April 2011
  34. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    I would actually be interested in one or both of these.
  35. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (10,184) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    I saw Gordon on the shelf a few weeks ago at a major retailer in Rochester, NY...to make things worse, they used a solution to erase the date on the bottom of the can to sell the beer. They had (5) four packs on the shelf and several of the beers in the rest of the store were marked way higher than what I could of purchased the same beer at Wegman's. I e-mailed them regarding the ancient product on the shelf and after two weeks with no response (and the brewer responded within 24 hours)...Greedy?
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  36. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Bottles of De Koninck with 2007 bottle dates at a BevMo.
  37. silentjay

    silentjay Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2008 Massachusetts

    there are like 5 or 6 places I can think of in this area that have that sitting on shelves....
  38. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Michigan

    Just realized I had a six month old IPA. Wouldn't intentionally buy one that old, but turned out better than some freshness advocates would lead you too believe.
  39. cpinto6

    cpinto6 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2010 Georgia

    2 year old stone ruination
  40. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Boston Ale- best by of July '09/ Great Divide Titan IPA, pretty much the same. They both had floatie thangs in 'em. I ain't bitchin cuz I knew better, and I still bought and drank 'em. I'm still alive.
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