US beer cans exported oversees during World War II had a statement like "Withdrawn Free of Internal Revenue Tax for Exportation." Older cans (1935 to mid-1940s) were made of a thicker gauge steel.
As time passed and manufacturing processes improved, the gauge and weight of cans decreased.
In a few rare cases, brewers stamped the actual date of production on beer cans (some Rainer cans and other Western brewers did this).
Unfortunately, the majority of beer cans are not dated so it takes a little digging around to establish the approximate date.
We monitor inventory in bars and stores to be sure it’s sold within three months from the date of production, giving you another month to enjoy our Pilsner at home.
Our Quality Assurance expert Colin Banting says: “Beer does not spoil like some other food products, but can become stale over time, adversely affecting its delicious flavor.
We want our customers to be aware of the date and time of every beer that comes off the packaging line so they can have the best experience possible.” We print the date code on our beer boxes, on the shoulders of our bottles, near the bottom edge of our cans and now on the bottle caps to ensure that these codes are prominent.
Posted on April 6, 2015 by Kendra Freshness is paramount to us at Steam Whistle Brewing.
Since we brew an all-natural unpasteurized product that is best enjoyed within its 3 month life span, ensuring that the date code is clearly communicated to our customers is of the upmost importance.
A few cans were filled prior to June 01, 1935 (like the very rare pre-tax Kreuger Ale & Beer set acquired by in January, 2007).
However, it is overwhelmingly likely that the appearance of the tax statement places the can between 19 and the lack of such a statement places the can after March 30, 1950.
Below we show how to narrow down the age of beer cans, by (A) surveying the big picture-more obvious considerations, (B) reviewing relevant publications, (C) delving into the can manufacturer's logos and codes, and, finally, (D) walking through an example.First check out the obvious features and characteristics of the beer can: A statement like "Internal Revenue Tax Paid" was required to appear on beer cans from June 01, 1935 through March 30, 1950.