Deciphering the Code to Fresh Beer

Most beer lasts four to nine months on the shelf. How do you know the beer you are buying is fresh? If you’re purchasing a beer brewed by Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob etc.) just check out the “Born on Date” to tell you when the beer was bottled. For all other brews, you may have a harder time trying to read the code on the side of the label. Other breweries use pull dates (the date after which a product should no longer be sold) or a Julian date system. Here is a great chart I found on this site to help you decipher the code.

Beer Freshness Date Codes Chart


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