The date you see on most beer bottles are not expiration dates but ‘pull dates,’ which are the dates retailers are instructed to pull beers off a shelf if they haven’t sold yet.The beer inside hasn’t expired, but it’s not longer considered “brewery fresh” and most companies no longer want it to be sold.Usually this means a cool, dry place around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit away from any direct light; so basically the opposite of a store shelf. Beers high in hops or low in alcohol (under 6% alcohol by volume) typically are best consumed relatively fresh.The long and short of it is that you should probably pay attention to dates on bottles, and try to pick up the freshest beer you can.But the advent of pasteurization in 1876 made it safe to bottle fermented products, and along with America’s growing rail system, the bottled-beer industry boomed.In the early 1890s, Congress passed taxes on bottled beer, along with legislation allowing companies to bottle their brews onsite and bypass an archaic process of barreling, transporting, and packaging their drinks into bottles elsewhere.
While getting a beer as fresh as possible is great, aged beer can be pretty wonderful, so which beer should you pick up from the store?
While there’s a chance an old bottle of beer at the store will be just fine, that’s a risk not worth taking.
Try to avoid any bottle at the store with dust on it, that way you can age it yourself properly if you want and ensure it will mature the right way.
We have put together this website to promote our online community along with the hobby of digging and collecting antique bottles and pots, we hope to share some information explaining what our hobby is all about and we have included a gallery of photos to give you an introduction to what we are all about and some details about our online forum.
The British Antique Bottle forum was founded by dedicated antique bottle collectors Wayne Richards & Paul Best, originally started in early 2007 our community has gone from strength to strength over the years attracting bottle collectors from across the globe, we first launched a website to run alongside of our forum in 2010 and updated to this new version in 2013, we are a friendly online community founded for like minded collectors of antique bottles, pot lids, jars, advertising, brewery memorabilia and related items to meet up and share stories and photos regarding the hobby, our online community which is totally funded by the kind support of our members with the aim of promoting and publicizing the hobby and related events and hopefully ensure the hobby continues onto the younger generation, early in 2012 we linked up with the Australian Antique Bottle Forum and became “sister forums” creating a link between the collectors in Great Britain and our good friends in Australia.
Although glass bottles have been made for a few thousand years, it was not until the 19th century that bottle use became common, coinciding with the industrial revolution.