I have had some interesting craft beer situations happen.
I did not know there really is a best drink by time frame with craft beers, Especially seasonal or special brews. I do know about the Duvel date . Seems It Is important to know these things.
My quest for a Guinness replacement is still ongoing. I had one Craft beer from Ny Ithaca Beer Co. Midnight Sun Black Lager considered a Schwarzbier. It was a hopeful start, I had one and it was something I wanted to try again. There was one lonely six pack left in a 10 mile radius, it was 5 minutes away. I don’t chase beer ,so I picked it up. Okay ,so this beer Is A Seasonal. Not much info is on the website. This is a few months after the winter . So it must be March or April, And I don’t drink things right away. I had one and few days later another. It wasn’t quite as crisp as the first one I had tried. I gave the rest to my friend. Anyway .
The beer is dark mahogany with a tan head. When it is at its peak time frame, it is malty and dry with a mix of smoke with hints of coffee and a bit of bitter chocolate and stickiness but fades, a bit thin. This mellows as time passes as it did with the ones from the six pack but the bitterness became stronger . It is 5.5 ABV 165 calories. Worth a try as a winter warmer . I would buy respectfully within its STF :Short Time Frame. November, December, January, Possibly February. Probably taste different on tap at Ithaca. Moral is : Now I know to look for a bottle date.