Ginger Beer came in handmade Stoneware (pottery) bottles from as far back as 1830 and stopped in the 1920’s to make way for the glass bottles. Gla
Ginger Beer came in handmade Stoneware (pottery) bottles from as far back as 1830 and stopped in the 1920’s to make way for the glass bottles. Glass bottles were preferred as the clear liquid would allow the consumer to see if the liquid was clean and also the benefit of stoneware for keeping liquids cool wasn’t as necessary anymore with new age refrigeration.
All ginger beer bottles were individually hand thrown by potters.
Pre 1880’s were made with little more than the bottler’s name and often just a blank bottle . These early bottles were just slip glazed and the occasionally one had colored glaze on the lip and/or shoulder.
By the 1880’s the fancier glazed bottles with stamped logos started to appear (some very ornate) along with colored tops (different shades of green, blue, even reds). These later bottles are the ones that are the most collectible today – especially local bottles for local collectors.
Ginger beer bottles are usually collected by locale, province, state or city. UK bottles are very common but less appealing to local collectors (with the rare exception)
A VERY RARE MIDLAND STONE GINGER BEER BOTTLE EXISTS!
Made from the F.P. Hinds bottling company in Orillia with the city of “Midland” written on the bottle is a local collectors dream bottle! At the time of writing this only TWO are known to exist. This bottle would sell for over a 1000.00 if found in perfect condition. Caution as other “Midland” bottles exist (UK USA and probably others from other Midland cities – the rare local one is from F.P. Hinds)
Some of our current ginger beer stock.