This page highlights beer bottles, another popular category of bottle collecting. The selection here ranges from blob tops to the newer, but hand-finished, crown tops.

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Latest update: 11 Jun 2014

ID#: BR001

Type: Beer Bottle, circa 1915

Color & Size: Amber, 11"

Embossing: BUFFALO BREWING Co., S.F. AGENCY

Description: This is beautiful amber hand-finished, crown-top beer from San Francisco.

Price: SOLD

ID#: BR002

Type: Beer, circa 1900

Color & Size: Amber, 9.25"

Embossing: CAL. BOTTLING Co., EXPORT BEER, S.F.

Description: This is a smaller beer with a blob top, from the late 1890s or early 1900s. Slight bit of staining, but excellent condition.

Price: SOLD


ID#: BR003

Type: Beer, early 1900's

Color & Size: Amber, 11.5"

Embossing: Japanese writing around bottom of bottle (see additional views)

Description: This is a large Japanese beer with a row of embossing around the bottom of the bottle. It is a hand-finished, crown-top bottle with a bit of stain inside, in very good condition.

Price: $21 + $15 S&H (see ordering info)

san diego beer

ID#: BR004

Type: Beer, circa 1910

Color & Size: Amber, 9.5"

Embossing: SAN DIEGO BREWING Co., SAN DIEGO, CAL.

Description: This is a crown-top beer from San Diego. It's a nice amber color with a minor interior haze; bottle is in excellent condition.

Price: SOLD

black glass beer

ID#: BR005

Type: Black Glass Ale, Beer, circa 1850-60

Color & Size: Black Glass (dark olive), 9"

Embossing: None

Description: This is a refired pontiled ale bottle, from the turn of the 19th century. It has some opalescence on the exterior from being buried, and is a fine example of a 150-year-old beer bottle. (I have three of these available, with varying styles of tops.)

Price: $17 + $11 S&H (see ordering info)

wieland's beer

ID#: BR006

Type: Beer, circa 1910

Color & Size: Amber, 11.75"

Embossing: CAL BOTTLING Co., JOHN WIELAND'S EXPORT BEER, S.F.

Description: This is an uncommon, large, amber beer from the turn of the last century with lots of bubbles. Excellent condition.

Price: SOLD

cal export beer

ID#: BR007

Type: Beer, circa 1920

Color & Size: Amber, 11.5"

Embossing: CAL BOTTLING Co., EXPORT BEER, S.F.

Description: This is a slightly newer large amber beer with a crown top. It is likey the successor to John Wieland's beer bottle above. Minor staining. Very good condition.

Price: SOLD

ID#: BR008

Type: Beer or Wine, circa 1910

Color & Size: Green, 9.5"

Ethching: The bottom of this bottle is etched with a sun and Japanese characters

Description: This is a really nice-looking spirits bottle dug up in San Franciso. The etching makes for a unique bottle--too bad I can't understand Japanese. Having been buried for so long, there is a little roughness and staining on the bottle. Tiny ice pick chip on edge of lip. Good condition.

Price: $29 + $15 S&H (see ordering info)

pottery beer

potter beer logo

ID#: BR009

Type: Ginger Pottery Beer, circa 1880

Color & Size: off-white, 10"

Embossing: PRICE B BRISTOL

Description: This is a fine pottery beer from the latter part of the 20th century. Popular throughout the U.S., most of these ginger beers were imported from England. This one comes to us via San Francisco.

Price: $11 + $9 S&H (see ordering info)