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.
La Cumbre: They use a canning date on a sticker on top of the can stacker.
Lagunitas: They use a bottling date. Julian date code which is written in black on the neck of the bottle. There are 2 lines. First line has 3 digits followed by a space, then one more digit. The first three digits represent the day of the year, last digit is the last number of the year. Ex: 135 3 would be the 135th day of 2013 (May 15). Second line is batch number and military time.
Lake Effect Brewing: You can go to their website and they have their batch numbers listed with dates bottled.
Lakefront: They use a bottled on date which is located on the bottle on the right side of the label. There should be small notches in the paper below the corresponding month and week when the beer was bottled. Their beer is good for about three months from the bottled on date.
Lake Louie: They use a bottling date. It's a Julian date code followed by the year. Ex: 071 13 would be the 71st day of 2013.
Lake Placid: They use bottling date. The first four numbers on the bottle are the Julian date.
Lake Superior (MN): They use a bottling date. From information we have seen the brewer states that they date code the case boxes with the month and week of bottling and the batch number.
Lakewood: They use a bottling date on their beers.
Lancaster: They use a bottling date. From information we have seen the brewer states that the bottling date is on the neck of bottle, Julian date plus the last two digits of year.
Latitude 33: They use a bottling date on their cases only.
Latitude 42: They use a canning date.
Latrobe: They use a production date. From information we have seen the brewer states that It is written in a “Julian” code. As an example, let’s say the code is 10084FA96. The “10” denotes the year of production, and the three numbers after mean that the beer was brewed on the 84th day of the year, or today, March 25th. The letters and numbers after that indicate a brewery and packaging line.
Laughing Dog: They use a bottling and best buy date. For the outer cartons they have the bottling date clearly stamped. On the bottom of the six-packs, there's a best buy date. Format is MM/DD/YYYY.
Laurelwood: They use a bottling date on the cases and born on date for bottles. Format is MM/DD/YY.
Lavery: They use a bottled on and best by date. It's on the master carton only. From information we have seen from the brewer the Code for bottles - red cap = 2012, black cap = 2013, silver cap = 2014.
Lawson's Finest Liquids: They use a batch number. You can email the brewer with the # to find out when it was made.
Lazy Boy: They use a bottling date. It's just on the packaging boxes.
Lazy Magnolia: They use a drink-by date. From information we have seen the brewer states that the code their bottles with the drink-by date, which can be found on the small white box on the side of label. Sometimes the labeller can be off by a little, so the date may appear slightly outside of the box.
Leech Lake: They use a bottled date which is on a label on the back of the bottle or keg. Format is MM/DD/YY.
Left Hand: They use a bottled on date that is stamped on the front label, usually on the bottom right side. Format should be MM/DD/YY.
Legend (VA): They use a bottling date. From information we have seen the brewer states that there is an ink jetted date on each bottle just above the top of the label. The ink is purple on a brown bottle and very small so you have to hold it up to strong light to see it. This is the bottling date, not the best before date. Rule of thumb is 3 or 4 months after bottling and the beer should be fine.
Lewis & Clark: They use a best before date which is marked on the case boxes and is usually 60 days from bottling.
Lexington: They use a bottled on date which is located on the neck of the bottle in black ink. Shelf-life is 90 days. Example JUN 29 2009.
Liberty Street (MI): They use a manufacturing date on their bottles. Format is MM.DD.YY.
Lift Bridge: They use a bottling date which is on the neck of the bottle. Format is DDD/Y.
Lion (PA): They use a bottling date on their cases and bottles. From information we have seen the brewer states that they use the Julian date code system. It’s the number of days into that year. For instance, 005910 0617 would be Feb 28, 2010 produced at 6:17 a.m.
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales: They use a best before date on bottles, bottling date on cases.
Lompoc: They use a bottled date on their cases and barrel-aged beer only.
Lonerider: They use a best by date. Format is MMDDYYY except for the 22 oz. bottles (Most Wanted series) which have the year: YYYY.
Long Trail: They use a bottling date which is in yellow ink on the bottle, just above the label. Format is MMDDYY.
Lost Abbey: They use a bottling date. There's an ink-jetted bottling date on shoulder of every bottle.
Lost Coast: They use a bottling date. Written in black ink on the neck of the bottle. Also stamped on the cases. Shelf-life is 6 months.On cases, the first six-digits will represent the date (mm/dd/yy) of packaging, followed by the bottle sequence. On the bottle necks, there should only be the six-digit date (mm/dd/yy) of packaging.
Lucid: They use a bottling date. It's a different version of the Julian date code.
Lucky Bucket: They use a best by date. From information we have seen the brewer states that they put a best by date on the bottom of our six packs. Soon we will print them on the bottle. Format is MM/DD/YY.
Lucky Hand: They use a born on date on the master cases and soon on individual bottles.