The independent consumer guide to beer product dating.

Welcome to, one of the weirder sources of consumer information on the Web. This is where you come to learn how old that can of beer you're holding really is. Got a suspiciosly skunky beer? Trying to date a collectible? Here's where you start.

Beers have dates?

Would I make a website about it if they didn't? Most beers sold in North America have a production code stamped on them. Beer cans are always stamped on the bottom. Bottles are usually on the necks, but sometimes the date is on the label.

Most American beers use expiration dates, but some use bottling/canning dates. Unless otherwise noted, domestic beers have a shelf life of approximately four months, but imported brews last a year after bottling.

For more information on understanding production dates, why you want to understand them, and who created this site, you can read the vastly more amusing FAQ and/or skim the glossary.

How do I read them?

OK. Just select a beer from the list below to learn about its brewery's product-dating system. If I haven't listed a brand here, I may just not have heard of it -- look for a related brand before complaining. (Let's see you try keeping track of every variant of every brand sold in the U.S.A.) If you can't find a related brand, it means I haven't figured out its brewery's dating system (or more likely, it's brewed by a regional brewery I haven't heard of), so please don't send me e-mail asking about it. If, on the other hand, you have information about a brewery I don't discuss, please e-mail and I'll give you credit for the resulting entry.

Alternative versions of this list are available. One is organized by breweries (that's probably the best list to use) and the other is organized by geographic region (for you nativist diehards who only drink the local brew).

Whew! is the independent consumer guide to beer product dating. It is not owned, operated, affiliated with, or endorsed by any brewery or brewing company. In other words, if you want to send e-mail to a beer company, don't send it to me. © Michael Bauser