For many beers fresh is best and even for those craft beers that you may want to age before drinking you still want to know when the beer was brewed. So why do some breweries make it so difficult to determine the bottling date?
Certainly they don't want you to get ahold of beer that is past it's prime. It just doesn't make any sense.
Dan from The Full Pint has more to say on the subject. Check his thoughts out at: TheFullPint.com