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Bottle Dating Codes
« on: June 04, 2009, 02:34:37 PM »
I think lots of us are confused by bottled dating codes.  Furley's thread made me thing it would be nice to have a consolidate list of codes or links for codes for different breweries.  List what you have and I'll copy it in to this post as sort of a "master decoder".

Anchor -
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Works as follows.
First = last digit of the year.

Second = month code (J=January, F=February, M=March, A=April,Y=MaY, U=JUne,L=JuLy,G=AuGust,S=September, O=October, N=November, D=December)

Third = day of month code (Letters A-Z = 1-26, Numbers 7-1 = 27, 28, 29, 30, 31)

Boulevard Smokestack -
Boulevard Smokestack (regulars): First character stands for the beer (i.e S for Saison, 6 for Sixth Glass, etc.), second 2 characters are year, and last 3 characters are the day it was bottled (i.e. 120 is the 120th day of the year)

Boulevard Smokestack (specials): year - batch (not for that year but total batches of that beer).

Rochefort -
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Rochefort's bottling date is 5 years before the date on the label which reads: day/month/year

ie:290812= August 29, 2012 which means it was brewed August 29, 2007

Saranac -
Saranac has that system with 2 characters for year and then 3 for day of year and a bunch of extra crap.

Sierra Nevada -
Sierra Nevada Dating Codes

Westvleteren -
ie:290812= August 29, 2012 which means it was brewed August 29, 2007

Westy is the same, but 3 years before the date.


***UPDATE*** There is a super list that can be found HERE.  Another one HERE.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009, 02:36:07 PM »
Smuttynose's are pretty easy.  The date and month is "ticked" on the side of the label.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2009, 02:38:22 PM »
Smuttynose's are pretty easy.  The date and month is "ticked" on the side of the label.

Yeah, I think lots of them are self explanitory.  I'm looking for other cryptic ones and how to decode them.  Anchor comes to mind.  I have their code at home, so I'll post it when I have a chance.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009, 02:42:41 PM »
Rochefort's bottling date is 5 years before the date on the label which reads: day/month/year

ie:290812= August 29, 2012 which means it was brewed August 29, 2007

Westy is the same, but 3 years before the date.


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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2009, 09:16:39 PM »
Anyone know Duck Rabbit's?  I just got a bottle in a 'vintage trade'(though it was an extra) that is ticked best before March 2010.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2009, 01:42:02 AM »
First post updated with two great resources I found.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2009, 12:50:31 PM »
Boulevard Smokestack (regulars): First character stands for the beer (i.e S for Saison, 6 for Sixth Glass, etc.), second 2 characters are year, and last 3 characters are the day it was bottled (i.e. 120 is the 120th day of the year)

Boulevard Smokestack (specials): year - batch (not for that year but total batches of that beer).

Saranac has that system with 2 characters for year and then 3 for day of year and a bunch of extra crap.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2009, 02:00:45 PM »
from a BA post:

"In fact, here's the email I got from Neal at Big Sky when I asked him about the freshness issue in April (my local store had been selling some suspiciously old beer for a short period of time - I think it was a lazy distributor):

"On the twelve pack and the individual bottles in the six-packs there
will be a date code. The first five digits represent the day and the
year when the beer was bottled. So, 00109 would be January 1st, 2009
and 36509 would be December 31st, 2009."
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2009, 08:24:14 AM »
Stone prints their dates on the 22oz bottles in almost impossible to see ink, near the bottom, below the silkscreen label...

Things like this?


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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2009, 08:44:18 AM »
Stone prints their dates on the 22oz bottles in almost impossible to see ink, near the bottom, below the silkscreen label...

Things like this?


It's laser etched, right?
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2009, 09:06:46 PM »
Anchor:

http://www.micromatic.com/forum/us-en/suggestions-miscellaneous-topics/484-reading-brewery-date-codes-bottles-beer.html

The date code currently being used by Anchor Brewing Company (post-October 1991) replaces the clock-face which used to show the bottling month as one of 12 small notches around the main label. A three character code is now included on the new back label of the bottle. The code works like this:

The first character is always numeric and represents the last digit of the year. The second character is always alpha and represents the month by using the first letter in a month which has not been previously used. Such as:
January: J July: L
February: F August: G
March: M September: S
April: A October: 0
May: Y November: N
June: U December: D

The third character in the code is either alpha or numeric and tells the day of the month. The first 26 days are represented by the alphabet with the remaining days listed as:
27th through 29th = 7 through 9
30th = 3
31st = 1

"0" (zero) isn't used for the 30th because the labeler makes its "Os" (letter 0) the same way it makes its "0s" (zeros).

An example would be: January 20, 2002 = 2JT

Other breweries http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/...shbeer05.html#
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2009, 06:20:34 AM »
Anchor:

http://www.micromatic.com/forum/us-en/suggestions-miscellaneous-topics/484-reading-brewery-date-codes-bottles-beer.html

The date code currently being used by Anchor Brewing Company (post-October 1991) replaces the clock-face which used to show the bottling month as one of 12 small notches around the main label. A three character code is now included on the new back label of the bottle. The code works like this:

The first character is always numeric and represents the last digit of the year. The second character is always alpha and represents the month by using the first letter in a month which has not been previously used. Such as:
January: J July: L
February: F August: G
March: M September: S
April: A October: 0
May: Y November: N
June: U December: D

The third character in the code is either alpha or numeric and tells the day of the month. The first 26 days are represented by the alphabet with the remaining days listed as:
27th through 29th = 7 through 9
30th = 3
31st = 1

"0" (zero) isn't used for the 30th because the labeler makes its "Os" (letter 0) the same way it makes its "0s" (zeros).

An example would be: January 20, 2002 = 2JT

Other breweries http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/...shbeer05.html#

Ummm...Anchor was already listed.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2009, 01:56:56 PM »
Anchor:

http://www.micromatic.com/forum/us-en/suggestions-miscellaneous-topics/484-reading-brewery-date-codes-bottles-beer.html

The date code currently being used by Anchor Brewing Company (post-October 1991) replaces the clock-face which used to show the bottling month as one of 12 small notches around the main label. A three character code is now included on the new back label of the bottle. The code works like this:

The first character is always numeric and represents the last digit of the year. The second character is always alpha and represents the month by using the first letter in a month which has not been previously used. Such as:
January: J July: L
February: F August: G
March: M September: S
April: A October: 0
May: Y November: N
June: U December: D

The third character in the code is either alpha or numeric and tells the day of the month. The first 26 days are represented by the alphabet with the remaining days listed as:
27th through 29th = 7 through 9
30th = 3
31st = 1

"0" (zero) isn't used for the 30th because the labeler makes its "Os" (letter 0) the same way it makes its "0s" (zeros).

An example would be: January 20, 2002 = 2JT

Other breweries http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/...shbeer05.html#

Ummm...Anchor was already listed.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2009, 09:59:33 PM »
Anyone know how to decode the batch number on the Trader Joe's / Joseph Brau?  Specifically the winterfest?  I think these are made at Gordon Biersch, but the links above say that GB "clearly lists the bottling date" which this does not.

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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2009, 10:07:34 AM »
I thought the Trader Joe's beers were done by Unibroue.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2009, 10:09:18 AM »
I thought the Trader Joe's beers were done by Unibroue.

The Holiday Ale is.  Others have been done by Karl Strauss, Gordon Biersch, etc.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2009, 10:09:48 AM »
I thought the Trader Joe's beers were done by Unibroue.

The Holiday Ale is.  Others have been done by Karl Strauss, Gordon Biersch, etc.

Firestone Walker & Goose Island both do some as well, I think.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2010, 06:07:07 PM »
Someone wanna post the bottling colors for Alesmith?  Really interested in Speedway, Wee Heavy and Old Numbskull.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2010, 09:29:49 PM »
Someone wanna post the bottling colors for Alesmith?  Really interested in Speedway, Wee Heavy and Old Numbskull.

I had some Wee Heavy's that I was trying to figure out a while ago.  If I remember right the Green bottles were from 07.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2010, 09:31:27 PM »
Anyone know what year this 10 Commandments is?  I have one that says 08 and one that says nothing.  I've seen LA stuff with 09 on them, so is it an 07 possibly?
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2010, 09:42:06 PM »
Someone wanna post the bottling colors for Alesmith?  Really interested in Speedway, Wee Heavy and Old Numbskull.

I had some Wee Heavy's that I was trying to figure out a while ago.  If I remember right the Green bottles were from 07.

Hmmmm, my Wee Heavy is purple.  Wasn't sure if the color changed by the year.  Think it's from someone at DLD '07.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2010, 09:43:14 PM »
Someone wanna post the bottling colors for Alesmith?  Really interested in Speedway, Wee Heavy and Old Numbskull.

I had some Wee Heavy's that I was trying to figure out a while ago.  If I remember right the Green bottles were from 07.

Hmmmm, my Wee Heavy is purple.  Wasn't sure if the color changed by the year.  Think it's from someone at DLD '07.

What's purple?  All I knew was that the glass changed from green to brown
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2010, 09:44:30 PM »
Someone wanna post the bottling colors for Alesmith?  Really interested in Speedway, Wee Heavy and Old Numbskull.

I had some Wee Heavy's that I was trying to figure out a while ago.  If I remember right the Green bottles were from 07.

Hmmmm, my Wee Heavy is purple.  Wasn't sure if the color changed by the year.  Think it's from someone at DLD '07.

What's purple?  All I knew was that the glass changed from green to brown

Oh the glass.  Sorry.  I meant the lettering on the bottle was purple.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2010, 10:39:02 PM »
Anyone know what year this 10 Commandments is?  I have one that says 08 and one that says nothing.  I've seen LA stuff with 09 on them, so is it an 07 possibly?
The one with nothing is an 07.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2010, 10:39:43 PM »
Anyone know what year this 10 Commandments is?  I have one that says 08 and one that says nothing.  I've seen LA stuff with 09 on them, so is it an 07 possibly?
The one with nothing is an 07.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2010, 10:40:00 PM »
Someone wanna post the bottling colors for Alesmith?  Really interested in Speedway, Wee Heavy and Old Numbskull.

I had some Wee Heavy's that I was trying to figure out a while ago.  If I remember right the Green bottles were from 07.

Hmmmm, my Wee Heavy is purple.  Wasn't sure if the color changed by the year.  Think it's from someone at DLD '07.

What's purple?  All I knew was that the glass changed from green to brown

Oh the glass.  Sorry.  I meant the lettering on the bottle was purple.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2010, 10:41:50 PM »
Someone wanna post the bottling colors for Alesmith?  Really interested in Speedway, Wee Heavy and Old Numbskull.

I had some Wee Heavy's that I was trying to figure out a while ago.  If I remember right the Green bottles were from 07.

Hmmmm, my Wee Heavy is purple.  Wasn't sure if the color changed by the year.  Think it's from someone at DLD '07.

What's purple?  All I knew was that the glass changed from green to brown

Oh the glass.  Sorry.  I meant the lettering on the bottle was purple.
Always purple.

Hmmmm, thanks.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #27 on: April 27, 2010, 01:01:16 PM »
Schell's is Best By: MMDDYY
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #28 on: September 06, 2010, 06:45:20 PM »
Here's another listing of date codes.

http://infohost.nmt.edu/~armiller/beer/beerdate.htm
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« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2010, 04:25:08 PM »
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #30 on: November 05, 2010, 02:22:57 PM »
Heres a huge list.

http://sites.google.com/site/freshbeeronly/

The Odell info is wrong in this list.  The date is the Enjoy By Date not the bottling date.

There IPA enjoy by date is set 4 months out from packaging date.
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« Reply #31 on: November 05, 2010, 02:25:15 PM »
Heres a huge list.

http://sites.google.com/site/freshbeeronly/

The Odell info is wrong in this list.  The date is the Enjoy By Date not the bottling date.

There IPA enjoy by date is set 4 months out from packaging date.

Might wanna shoot him an email letting him know.  When I emailed him about Surly now dating the bottom of their cans he got back to me in less than 15 minutes and updated it.
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« Reply #32 on: April 18, 2011, 07:22:20 AM »
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« Reply #33 on: April 18, 2011, 05:45:01 PM »


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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #35 on: June 19, 2011, 02:56:55 PM »
Stone best by date minus 3 months is the bottling date.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #36 on: July 17, 2011, 07:09:22 PM »
Boulevard Batch 58312.   Can't find exactly what this is, but I think the 5=6th Glass, 8=2008, and 312= November 8-9?

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #37 on: July 20, 2011, 01:36:22 PM »
Not sure if this is where this goes or not, but figured it kind of worked here.

Is there any way to tell a Big Black Voodoo Daddy vintage?  Is it the color of the cap?

Is there any way to tell the year on a BA Blackout Stout?

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #38 on: July 20, 2011, 01:59:53 PM »
As far as I know, there's no way to tell the difference between different batches of BA Blackout.   When I get mine, I put different color stickers on the cap and right what year they are just so I can tell.

Maybe somebody will chime in with a secret code and help both of us though.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #39 on: July 20, 2011, 02:05:46 PM »
As far as I know, there's no way to tell the difference between different batches of BA Blackout.   When I get mine, I put different color stickers on the cap and right what year they are just so I can tell.

Maybe somebody will chime in with a secret code and help both of us though.

I was hoping the series number on the label meant something, but I am striking out with google, so I assume it doesn't.   I know the one I had was an '09 and there was no difference in it and one I got as part of the cellar purchase as far as I could tell.  However, I am just not confident they are both the same year.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #40 on: July 20, 2011, 04:23:07 PM »
As far as I know, there's no way to tell the difference between different batches of BA Blackout.   When I get mine, I put different color stickers on the cap and right what year they are just so I can tell.

Maybe somebody will chime in with a secret code and help both of us though.

I was hoping the series number on the label meant something, but I am striking out with google, so I assume it doesn't.   I know the one I had was an '09 and there was no difference in it and one I got as part of the cellar purchase as far as I could tell.  However, I am just not confident they are both the same year.
All years have the same series number on the label.  I thought that until I compared several years.

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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #41 on: February 23, 2012, 10:47:15 AM »
I've got some Deschutes Red Chair best by of May something or other.  Any ideas on bottling?  The standard I've seen is around 3-4 months so I assume it's pretty fresh.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #42 on: December 17, 2013, 12:00:30 AM »
I've got some Deschutes Red Chair best by of May something or other.  Any ideas on bottling?  The standard I've seen is around 3-4 months so I assume it's pretty fresh.
We just received a fresh batch of Red Chair at the shop, Best By 03-12-14.
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #43 on: January 14, 2014, 02:00:18 PM »
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #44 on: September 29, 2014, 01:02:41 PM »
does Southern Tier date their bottles?

still some Live floating around out here.. trying to get a grip on how old
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #45 on: January 28, 2015, 10:13:47 AM »



Ballast - for the search function
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #46 on: January 28, 2015, 10:17:36 AM »


I assume you have this one in your basement.

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« Reply #47 on: January 28, 2015, 11:11:33 AM »
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Re: Bottle Dating Codes
« Reply #48 on: January 28, 2015, 12:04:55 PM »


I assume you have this one in your basement.

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