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I never fail to be amazed by Americans' ability to buy beer from countries most of them can't find on a map.
Anyway, for more detailed information on Czech beer, Beer Dies! recommends Radio Prague's Czech Beer FAQ.
Entry added 16 April 2002. I haven't seen any bottles of Czechvar up close, but the Boston Herald reports that bottles are "freshness dated", with a shelf life of one year.
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Entry added 8 April 2002. Plzensky Prazdroj is the brewer of Pilsner Urquell, the most popular Czech beer in the United States. Ken Cook of Chelmsford, Massachusetts deciphered this one for us. In his e-mail, Ken explained:
I have deciphered the bottling date code and confirmed it with Pilsner Urquell in the Czech Republic by e-mail. There is a four character code stamped on the bottom of the rear label of every bottle. It is also stamped on the case carton. The first two characters are numbers representing the day of the month. The third character is a letter that represents the month itself, for example, the letter "A" represents January and the letter "B" represents February, and so on. The fourth character is a number that represents the year. Thus, the code 11G1 means that the beer was bottled on July 11, 2001. The shelf life of this beer (import) is one year, so it would "expire" on July 11, 2002.
Thanks for the assist, Ken!
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Entry added 12 July 1998. Samson's Crystal® Lager has a "YY MMM DD" expiration date on the top edge of the bottle's label.
Samson's manufacturer number is 95439.
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