The way these breweries print their dates is always subject to change. We have determined these dates from the best of our abilities. Although most will be accurate we cannot guarantee total accuracy. Please let us know if you recognize a change in their dating process so we can update our records.
Fat Head's: They use a bottling date which is written in yellow ink on the bottle in the back.
Fegley's Brew Works: They use a bottling date on the cases only.
Figure 8: Their labels will have a packaged date.
Finch's: They use a canning date on their case.
Fire Island: They use born on date. From information we have seen the brewer states that their bottles have coding on packages may be read as follows: "08E09" = May 8th, 2009. "08" = 8th, "E" = May (skip I and J), "09" = 2009.
Fireman's Brew: They use a best by date which is stamped on the cases only.
Firestone Walker: They use a bottling date which is burned into the label on the bottom left hand side. They also have a "Fresh Beer Reporter" on their website.
Fish Brewing (WA): They use a spawned on (bottling) date which is notched on the left side of the front label but year doesn't seem to be there.
Flat Rock: They use a bottling date on their 22 oz bottles only.
Florida Beer: They use a best by date which is printed around the neck or shoulder of the bottle.
Flying Bison: They use a bottling date on their labels.
Flying Dog: They use a best before date which is a modified Julian calendar to date on most of their beers. It is located on lower right corner of the label where you will find a code that reads something like 123A12. The first three numbers are the day of the year that the beer will be out of date. The middle letter is a code they use internally to keep track of what batch of beer we’re on, & the last two numbers are the year. If we decipher the code above, it translates to the 123rd day of 2012, aka May 2, 2012. That date indicates when your beer is no longer considered fresh, which, for most of our beers, is 140 days from the bottling date. The exceptions to this are beers that are vintage dated and have codes like VINT11EE.
Flying Fish: They use a best by date which is Stamped on the box and also printed on the label. Possible 7 month shelf life on their beers (Exit 16 confirmed as such).
Foolproof: They use a packaging date on each six-pack and keg.
Foothills: THey use a bottling date on their outside packaging.
Fordham: THey use a bottling date.
Fort George: They use a canning date which is printed on the bottom of the can.
Founders: They use a bottled on date which is located on the bottle neck in yellow ink in the format MM/DD/YY. They also have a packaged date on the cases.
Four Peaks: They use a packaging date which iss on the 6-packs, 12-packs as well as on individual bottles and cans. It is also on the bottom in Julian fashion (first 3 numbers are the day of the year and the last 2 numbers are the year itself).
Freedom Craft Brewery: They use a best before date which is on the label next to the UPC code. They also have an NFC inlay which allows NFC-enabled cellphones to read the specs of the bottle (ABV, IBU, brew date, bottle date and brewer`s and bottler`s initials on their 6-pack carriers.
Free State: They use a best by date where the month & week are marked.
Free Will: They use a bottling date on their cases only.
Fremont: They use a bottling date.
French Broad: They use a bottling date on their cases only.
Frog Island: They only put a best before date on kegs which is 60 days.
Full Pint: Uses a best by date. Cleary printed on the label. Example: AUG2013.
Fuller's: Clearly shows the expiration date.
Full Sail: Clearly shows the best before date. From information we have seen the brewer states that they use 120 days from the bottling date as our best by on the label. On the heavier beers, (7%abv and higher), the best by is 180 days out.
Fullsteam: They use a best before date which is on their growlers which have a shelf life of at least 60 days.
Full Tilt: They use a packaging date on the cases only.
Funkwerks: They use a cellaring (aging) date. Bottles say Cellar By x months.
Furthermore: They use a best by date. From information we have seen the brewer states that it is on their mother cartons. Their beer is dated at six months. Format is MM/DD/YY.