Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Cracking the Beer Codes
The Wall Street Journal asked industry insiders to help decipher the codes on more than a dozen bottles of beer. Most of these codes are printed on the neck, bottom or label of the bottle, and comprise a string of letters and numbers that indicate when the beer was made, or is some cases, when it should be sold or consumed by. Any extra characters generally identify the bottling plant. Here are some examples of the codes and keys to deciphering them.