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Old 08-24-2014, 09:02 PM   #1
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I swear this latest $10+ six-pack doesn't taste as good as I remember it. I look at the date and is over 4 months old! I think this **** should have been in a clearance bin. I live somehwat remote (30 min to a decent beer store) so I am glad to have decent choices nearby. But this place gets new stuff in and it's already covered in dust, what gives?

 
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:54 PM   #2
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Yeah, I always check the dates. I'm drinkin a Bells Oberon right now, with a brew date of 8/5/14.

I live close to there brewery but I can get it at Meijers. ( a local grocery store chain ) for $13.50 a 12 pack. ... it' always on sale! That's cheaper then what they sell it for at there Company store.

I've noticed Wal Mart sells older beer in my town.

 
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:05 PM   #3
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I'm drinkin a Bells Oberon right now, with a brew date of 8/5/14.

Pretty sure that's the bottling date there.

I had a Firestone Walker IPA a few months ago that had neither hop flavor nor aroma. When I checked the bottling date, it was 3.5 months prior. Since then, I always check the date. I hadn't been checking because that bottle shop had always been great.

 
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:15 PM   #4
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Speaking of that, how long can an IPA sit in your fridge before it loses significant freshness and hopiness?

 
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:57 PM   #5
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Pretty sure that's the bottling date there.

I had a Firestone Walker IPA a few months ago that had neither hop flavor nor aroma. When I checked the bottling date, it was 3.5 months prior. Since then, I always check the date. I hadn't been checking because that bottle shop had always been great.
Yeah! Your 100% right. I knew that, but I had a few brews in me. Kinda fogged things up a little.

 
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:22 PM   #6
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Yes, unfortunately crappy beer stores will sell you old beer. Once I saw an IPA that was almost 2 years old. Wtf! I'm not paying a premium for that.

It also turns off ppl to craft beer when it's old.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:24 PM   #7
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:22 AM   #8
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I'll check if I'm buying something hop-heavy. On the flip side, I'll sometimes seek out something a year or two old if I'm getting a RIS, Abbey ale, etc.

Otherwise I usually don't bother.

 
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:07 AM   #9
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I love finding old bottles of imperial malty stuff.

I guess it boils to to always. I sat in Costco today for about 5 minutes debating if 5 week old lagunitas IPA was worth it for $1/bottle. I decided it wasn't. Too old.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:21 AM   #10
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If I'm in a store I don't know, absolutely. If I'm at one of my local shops, I know that they are cycling through pretty quickly, so I don't bother.

 
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