But, because there are no standards or requirements for indicating beer age, each brewery employs its own method for dating its beers.
(Regrettably, a large number of breweries don’t offer any date stamps whatsoever, leaving you in the dark about the freshness of their products.) One of the most difficult tasks in checking beer freshness is locating the date code. Breweries such as Sierra Nevada, Great Divide, and Odell clearly print the date code on a specific section of the label, which is often the same for all product lines.
“Born on dates” are the less common marking you’ll find on some bottles indicating when the beer was bottled.
They were first introduced by Anheuser-Busch in the 1990’s as part of a marketing campaign, but in practice they also let the retailer know when beer should be taken off the shelf.
On cans, most date codes are printed on the bottom—and in the case of Oskar Blues, there’s even a special phrase or witty message.
Of course this wasn’t info readily available to the consumer, which can make born on dates a bit confusing as they’re easy to mistake for pull dates.Our approach is to create complex, full tasting beers with a relaxed style and charm that expresses our Hawaii based roots.Although we brew more than a dozen beers regularly, we have selected our top ales and lagers to package and deliver to fine markets and restaurants throughout Hawaii, select mainland US states and Japan.What can you do to minimize the chances of getting an aged beer?Being aware of the following will help you taste the beer as the brewer intended: If you want to explore the flavors and aromas of aged beer at home, it is extremely easy.