Bulmers Original is a 4.5% ABV cider, primarily sold in pint bottles (568 ml). In summer 2011, Bulmers relaunched with a new look and new bottles. However this was delisted a year later due to poor sales.In reference to the Bulmers naming tradition dating back to the early 1900s (at the time these were Bulmers 1 through to 8), they number-coded the then-current and all future varieties with Original as "No. In Summer 2010, a limited edition version was made, combining both apple and pear flavours in one and named 'Summer Blend'. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the brand in 2012, Bulmers released Bulmers Vintage Reserve ("No.“It’s a tool for the brewery and our distributors,” Lagunitas founder Tony Magee says.“It’s a fine hammer to drive in a nail.”Lagunitas’s packaging uses the Julian date, followed by the batch number and time. (The Julian date is composed of the year and day of the year; Lagunitas writes November 17, 2016, as 321 6.) Figuring out a beer’s birthday requires a little beer-aisle math.“We see freshness as an important business between us and our distributors,” Magee says. The consumer should expect that the beer we’re delivering should be fresh.”But not everyone fully entrusts distributors with being the freshness police.While Ballast Point uses the Julian code (November 17, 2016, equals 16321, in their case), Firestone Walker and Oskar Blues deploy packaging dates in an easily comprehendible calendar format.
Here we pick ten of the best for this year’s Indian Pale Ale summer. Buxton Brewery, Axe Edge, 6.8%: £2.69 for 330ml, Beers of Europe A globetrotting assembly of hops from Europe, America and New Zealand are kept in balance by Buxton’s brewing craftsfolk to create this outstanding ale. Bell’s, Two Hearted Ale, 7%: £3.70 for 355ml, Beer Gonzo This IPA comes from a Michigan brewery that constantly features near the top of ‘world’s best brewery’ lists. Thornbridge, Jaipur, 5.9%: £2.55 for 500ml, Waitrose Already a modern classic, Jaipur has gained a worldwide reputation for quality and is becoming an increasingly common sight on booze aisles and bars.Originally brewed to accompany British colonists on the journey to Asia, they were a little stronger than the standard beers of the day and packed a hoppier punch, perfect for quenching the thirst of the merry sailors and the Brits desperately waiting for their beer fix at the other end.Having drifted out of fashion, fully flavoured IPAs were revived by American brewers who saw the drink as the perfect style for their refreshingly fruity hops.Six months is a long time to be sitting in a warehouse, moved around on trucks, and waiting to be picked up on a shelf.The longer a beer is not consumed, the more likely it is that it gets warmed up or exposed to sunlight or otherwise spoiled." 2) Look at the temperature.