esprit wrote:The Candian Food Inspection Agency requires beers to have either a "best before date" or a "production date" either will do and neither has to be decipherable by the public. With our General List products we're trying to move to production date coding as far too many people treat best before dates as though they're drinking milk. In the case of high ABV double-fermented Belgians, the dates are meaningless.
Ah, okay. I didn't know the CFIA required it. My comments were in regard to Belgium's rules, not ours - most of which I find meaningless anyway.
If that is the case though, why do the big brewers get away without production or expiry dates? Are there date codes somewhere on bottles of Keith's, Blue, Canadian, and the like? I suspect that cans get stamped on the bottom, but I can't ever recall seeing a date code on a bottle of one of those.