Gallo's has one subsidiary making wine coolers (Bartles & Jaymes) and another making draft ciders (Hornsby's Pubdrafts, Ltd.). Bottles have a Julian date (year trailing) on their cap.Cases, on the other hand, have a "MM-DD-YY" on the Beer Advocate.com's Jason Alström tipped me off about Sierra Nevada's bottling dates (which are stamped on the shoulder of Sierra's bottles: The first four digits are a YDDD date (that is, Julian date, year-leading.
As is common with beer industry disputes, it's easy to blame the complexity of the system.
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