Lagunitas freshness dating
It was unlike any other bottle of Lagunitas I’ve had before.
I checked the bottle and while it didn’t have a bottling date, it did have a best before: 24/01/2018.
In the case of Lagunitas, once kegs are filled they are kept chilled until delivered to bars, and the stock is managed to ensure that they don’t get too old before being shipped out.
With systems like this in place, brewers can be fairly sure that keg beer will reach the consumer intact.
The past few weeks have seen me squinting at bottling codes in badly lit shops and regretting almost every beer I’ve bought in a restaurant.
It’s also made me think a lot about the one indication that we usually have to give us an idea of how fresh it is – best before dates.
As I’ve rarely had anything but fresh tasting Lagunitas on tap, I asked what the difference was between keg and bottles. Lagunitas are part owned by Heineken, who now distribute their beer around the world.
Whether you like the huge brew companies or not, one thing you do have to give them credit for is an ability to shift lots of product around the globe in a speedy and efficient manner.
We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market.I’m going to do a bit of all of them, including the not caring – sometimes I want a beer when I’m out for dinner.When it comes to big and hoppy beer, the USA has led the way.As most drinkers won’t mind the taste of a slightly stale beer – or even one that’s totally off in many cases – there’s little incentive to make sales more difficult with shorter BBEs.So as, we can’t trust BBEs, can we just assume a bottling date of a year before, and only drink things if they’ve been in the bottle for a short amount of time?