Mini Spring Break update:

The beer photo fetish page features a true grab bag of different beer styles and brands. We’ve been at it since 2012.

No specific emphasis on any particular brand this afternoon.

Mexican beer has always been one of our favorite styles.

Before cracking a beer today, we made sure that all schools had been shut down for the coming weeks.

We verified that all bars and restaurants in Illinois and Ohio were headed for complete shut down prior to drinking at home today.

As a public service, we hired a sign language interpreter to stand on our porch and deliver ongoing public safety updates to the neighborhood while the sun shines this afternoon.


More than $10.00 for a 6 pack of IPA update:

I have no specific brand in mind here. It is expensive to experiment. It can be very tricky when there is not a date to work with on the can or bottle you may want to purchase.

With a dozen possible IPA choices, why go for one without a date?

The Crafty Beer Girls

Date Code Confusion

“Regardless of where the beer is coming from, I urge everyone to either enforce or demand legible date codes on beer. If you see a smudgy date code on your can (or no code at all), bring it to the brewery’s attention. If you can’t decipher a stamped date code, email the brewery and ask for an explanation (I plan to email Merchant du Vin). As consumers, we should demand transparency from the companies we’re supporting with our dollars. Being duped into purchasing old beer is a terrible thing, and I would think it’s in the brewery and retailer’s best interest to provide accurate and legible freshness information on packaging.”

Thank you Crafty Beer Girls.

I may send a polite email to a brewery asking about the freshness of their product and providing info about where and when I made a purchase.

If the brewery ignores me, I will make note of that. I will attempt to support the breweries that offer fresh product and an easy way for customers to verify dates.