Enjoy By Dates

There’s nothing like fresh beer! And, if you’ve been unfortunate enough to take a swig of stale beer, you know there’s nothing quite like that taste either. In order to help you avoid that flavor letdown, we’ve been laser coding “Enjoy By” dates onto our beers ever since opening in 1996. Sixteen years later, we’ve upgraded that process. Now appearing in a larger font, etched right on to the bottle, you can see if the beer you are drinking is in code:

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Be sure to check the code prior to purchase. (FYI, our date codes used to appear on the labels. The new codes will be more consistently readable and doesn’t wipe off.) We advise our consumers to keep an eye on beer date codes because no one can protect fresh beer like you, the consumer. If the code is out of date, please point it out to your retailer.

21 Responses to Enjoy By Dates

  1. Brian July 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM #

    Did you guys revert back to dates on the label? I’ve noticed as of late that all Victory brews on the shelves now have the date on the label, and all of the products with the date etched into the bottle appear to be 6 – 12 months old.

    • Victory Brewing Company August 1, 2014 at 3:09 PM #

      Hi Brian,
      Yes, we did revert back to codes on the labels. Cheers!

    • Rupak Shah October 3, 2016 at 2:43 AM #

      Bottled on: 19 August 2016
      Means expired or what?victory golden monkey have no other date.can you explain?

      • Administrator October 13, 2016 at 2:46 PM #

        Hello, Our Golden Monkey will last for three years from the bottled on date. Cheers!

  2. jbeahler July 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM #

    How long is the enjoy by date after bottling? Is it different for each beer?

    • Victory Brewing Company August 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM #

      Hi! Yes, each beer is different. Please refer to the following:
      ·Prima Pils: 5 months
      ·HopDevil: 5 months
      ·Headwaters: 5 months
      ·DirtWolf: 5 months
      ·Victory Lager: 5 months
      ·Summer Love: 5 months
      ·Helios: 1 year
      ·Golden Monkey: 3 years
      ·Storm King: 5 years
      ·V12: Bottled On
      ·Monkey Big Bottles: Bottled On

      • Lance August 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM #

        What about Whirlwind Witbier?

        • Victory Brewing Company August 4, 2014 at 10:02 AM #

          Whirlwind: 1 year

  3. Neil January 28, 2015 at 3:20 PM #

    Is Hop Ranch also 5 mos?

    • Madeline Rice January 30, 2015 at 9:38 AM #

      Yes, Hop Ranch has a 5 month shelf life.

  4. Mark A. January 30, 2015 at 9:06 AM #

    Do you date code your kegs? If so, how can the consumer read it?

    • Madeline Rice January 30, 2015 at 9:35 AM #

      Hi Mark! We do not date our kegs. The code you see stamped onto the collar is a unique ID attached to every brew that goes through our brewhouse. It roughly correlates to production date in that larger numbers will be more recently packaged, but that is not always the case. If you would like to know the exact date of production for your particular keg, please feel free to email zacharym@victorybeer.com and he will get back to you as soon as he can. Cheers!

      • Larry August 10, 2016 at 6:48 PM #

        What is 1519p keg date

        • Administrator August 19, 2016 at 10:11 AM #

          Hi Larry, That means that the HopDevil was born on 5/28/16. Cheers!

  5. Giuseppe March 7, 2015 at 9:08 PM #

    Hello, I’ve got a bottle of HopDevil with an “Enjoy By” date of 23/10/2015.
    Does this mean that the shelf life for bottles to Europe is different ? Is it 1 year ?
    Thanks in advance for the reply.

    • Madeline Rice March 12, 2015 at 11:49 AM #

      Hi! Yes, European shelf life is one year. Cheers!

  6. Tabitha April 11, 2015 at 9:50 PM #

    I recently purchased a Golden Monkey that was on clearance at a local Farm Fresh in Va, No enjoy by date any where on the label or bottle. It tastes ok but was just curious about it. Are the 750 ml marked differently?

  7. Dan September 13, 2015 at 10:32 PM #

    Thanks for posting this. I just drank a nasty Dirtwolf with an “enjoy by” date of one year ago that I bought *yesterday*. I will watch these dates closely.

  8. Duder October 12, 2016 at 6:02 PM #

    How long after the “enjoy by” date until it gets gross?

    • Administrator October 13, 2016 at 2:51 PM #

      Hello, Your beer will not “go bad” after the enjoy by date, but it will start to lose some of the characteristics of that particular style. If you’d like more info on the specific beer you are referencing, please email us at info@victorybeer.com. Cheers!

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The story of Victory Brewing Company starts on a school bus in 1973 when fifth-graders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski stepped aboard, on their way to a new school. The two became fast friends and remained so, even as they grew up and went to college on opposite coasts. Just months out of college, Bill’s appreciation of good beer and access to his father’s home brewing equipment inspired him to explore the hobby. That same year (1985), Bill gave Ron a home brewing kit as a Christmas gift. With that, both Bill and Ron developed their love of the craft…
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