Post by Steve Jackson
I've had enough
foaming Prima Pils and stale Hop Devils (like the one I just drank tonight,
even though my local store just got a new delivery) to know that craft
breweries still have a lot to learn on the quality front.
Prima and Hop Devil are two of my regular beers AND have a very clear
and easy-to-find "Enjoy By" date (i.e., you can still drink it after
that, you just won't "enjoy" it, I guess <g>) on the label (as well as
on the case shell). At least the bottles I buy in neighboring NJ do
(and I always buy the beer with at least 3 months to go- my last case of
PP, bought two weeks ago, said "Dec 01 '05"- and I'm guessing Victory
gives their beers only 6 months unlike the Europeans who give it a
year). I never get foaming Prima or stale Hop Devil.
Do the bottles that make it the West Coast have the code? I have little
respect for brewers who- I guess at the request of distant distributors-
conveniently leave off the date code. It's why I don't buy a lot of West
Coast beers, except when the first hit the area. It's why I don't buy
as much DogfishHead as I like since their 60 Minute and 90 Minute lose a
LOT as they sit on the shelf and I can't find a code anywhere.
Post by Steve Jackson Post by gnohmon
Yeungling's Lord Chesterfield Ale is not pasteurized, right?
I'm a West Coaster. Ya gots me.
Yeungling, like most "old line"* breweries, pasteurizes all it's bottled
and canned beer. (*Coors and "real draft" beers, which are heavily
filtered, being the exception- one that doesn't appreciably improve
them, since they weren't much to begin with...).
Back before it's mass regional popularity, the Yeungling Brewery tour
was a very casual affair. My first was just my girl friend and I being
taken around by a secretary. As we walked through the bottling line,
the Yuengling guide offered me a cold Yuengling beer in a 16 ounce
deposit bottle right off the line BEFORE it went into the pasteurizer.
Was one of the best American light lagers I ever had- BUT I won't say it
was due to the lack of pasteurization as it was the environment and
ability to "steal" one off the line and walk around drinking it (at 10
am) for the rest of the tour. When we got back to the office, there was
a grey-haired guy, still in his overcoat, shell glass of beer in his
hand. "Oh," said the secretary, "here's Dick (Yeungling) now." We
talked a bit about the lack of Yuengling in NJ (late 70's), etc. Lemme
guess- that doesn't happen on a A-B tour.