The independent consumer guide to beer product dating. Washington

That's the state, not the district. (After all, they can't drink coffee all the time, can they?)

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Olympia Brewery
(Tumwater, Washington)

Olympia is owned by Pabst Brewing Company, and uses Pabst's dating scheme.

Rainier Brewing Company
(Seattle, Washington)

An independent until 1977, Raenier was owned by G. Heilman (and/or Stroh Brewing) until 2000, and presumably used G. Heilman's expiration date system. Stroh sold Rainier to Pabst.

Red Hook Ale Brewery
(Seattle, Washington)

In late 1996, Redhook switched from a completely incomprehensible dating scheme to a Best Taste By date on the label. The date isn't printed, however; it's punched as a series of of small pinpricks in the label. Weird, huh? The change in dating philosophies may be due to the influence of Anheuser-Busch, who own 25% of Red Hook.

Redhook's product line includes Redhook Ale, Blackhook Porter, Ballard's Bitter, Redhook Hefe-Weizen (formerly known as Wheathook?), Redhook ESB, Redhook Rye, and their seasonal brew, Winterhook. Redhook's manufacturer number is 21242.

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Yakima Brewing & Malting Company
(Yakima, Washington)

Yakima (American brewer of Grant's Ales) does not put a product date on its beer.

Yakima's manufacturer number is 16041.

Yakima's product portfolio includes Grant's Scottish Ale, Grant's Imperial Stout, Grant's India Pale Ale, Grant's Celtic Ale, Grant's Apple Honey Ale, Grant's Perfect Porter, and Grant's Spiced Ale. 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