I wrote a post last week asking for requests for production information on beer labels, in an effort to accumulate a database that you can reference in your quest to buy fresh beer.
Well, one commenter has enlightened me to the fact that this has pretty much already been done. What a load off my back! This could have been a huge and on-going project, and I’m a bit relieved that I don’t have to assemble and maintain such a list.
I’ve had a look over it and it’s huge, and from the entries I’ve seen, pretty accurate too. Of course, breweries change their labels and equipment all the time, so there may be some inaccuracies hiding in there somewhere, but it’s a great start.
So, find your favorite breweries in this list, and make a note of where and how they put their information on the label (hopefully they put something on there; there’s a disturbingly high number of packages that have no information whatsoever on them). Then when you’re standing in front of the beer aisle at the store, don’t be afraid to shuffle the bottles around in order to find the freshest. You deserve it.