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1930's Coors Stubbies

Posted by Brad Flinders on February 25, 2017 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

It took me awhile to finish this deal but it was well worth it!  These botles came from a non-collectors who had stashed these away back in the early 60's.  Several cases came in a trade for some work done....the non collector took all but one of each bottle to a consignment store...50 years ago!  I'm sure there was little interest back then but I'm sure glad he saved one of each!  All with the original caps!

I'm on a roll!!

Posted by Brad Flinders on October 18, 2016 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I just acquired these 7 Robin Hood Beer stubbies.  They came out of a storage shed belonging to a deceased collector in Nebraska.  I never knew these existed until now.  They are from the fontenelle Brewing Co of Omaha, Nebraska which operated under that name from 1933 - 1938.  The name was then changed to the Metz Brewing Co.  

A new case of Steinies

Posted by Brad Flinders on September 29, 2016 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I love buying old steinies by the case.  In the past I've found cases of Miller Bock from 1941, Yuengling Beer and Porter from the 40's, Meister Brau from the 40's, Kessler Beer (U-Permit) from the mid 30's and now a case of Tavern Pale Beer from the 40's that came from an estate sale in Southern Wisconsin.  This is a bottle I didn't have in my Chicago Steinie Collection and now I have 24.  They are for sale so drop me a line if you'd like to purchase or trade for one.


Re Branding

Posted by Brad Flinders on March 9, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The emphasis of my bottle collection has changed so it was time to revamp the web site.  First of all is the name change to Vintage Beer Bottles.  I still collect Steinies but I now have a passion for the 1930's stubby bottles.  Boy, are these hard to find!!  I currently have about 45 different bottles, about half of which are U-Permit indicating they were produced from just after the repeal to prohibition in 1933 to 1936.  The labels were used through 1938 as brewers continued to used the remaining stock of labels.  The photo above shows my stubby collection as of 2015 - I have since added a couple of new bottles.



Posted by Brad Flinders on May 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the past year I've been selling off a lot of my bottles.  My display space is limited and instead of having them sit in boxes I'd rather someone else enjoy them.  I sold all of my ACL bottles  and all my steinies except those from Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and my Bock steinies.  I also sold my long neck bottles that I'd collected from breweries within a 150 mile radius of St Louis.  I hated to part with my New Athens, ILL bottles but I know the new owner is an avid collector of Southern Illinois breweriana so they have a good home.  Next to go will be my No Deposit No Return Bottles of which is have about 150 different.  I'm also keeping my mid to late 1930's stubby bottle collection - those really grew on me as I started getting more on the shelf.  I haven't added a new one of these in quite awhile.  The usual suspects (Piels, Lion, Steinbrau) show up periodically on eBay or at shows so it is tough to find new labels.

2014 BCCA Canvention, Dallas, TX

Posted by Brad Flinders on September 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I just returned from the 2014 Breweriana Collectibles Club of America Canvention held in Dallas, TX.  I attended my first canvention in Chicago back in 1981.  Since then I've been to these canventions in Denver, Little Rock, Fort Wayne, IN, Sprinbgfield, IL, and Atlanta.  Next years canvention will be held in Milwaukee and I'm really looking forward to that show!  Unfortunately I don't find many steinies to add to my collection at these shows.  I only added 1 bottle to the collection this year.  I'm hoping that will change next year since Wisconsin is a haven for different varieties of steinies.  Anyway, the bottle pictured below is my lone acquisition.  I also sell steinies and other breweriana at these shows and my setup is below.

Schneider Brewing Co, Trinidad, Colorado

Posted by Brad Flinders on July 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Schneider Brewery in Trinidad, Colorado is the closest post prohibition brewery to my home in Taos New Mexico.  They produced some amazing labels for beer bottles and some very sought after cans as well.  I've picked up a few bottles over the past couple of years but never concentrated on this brewery.  For some reason the bug finally hit and I'm searching high and low for Schneider Breweriana, especially bottles.  Here is what I have so far.


Real or Fake??

Posted by Brad Flinders on November 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I just acquired this Lone Star Beer Steinie.   Texas steinies are few and far between so I was happy to get this one.  But....when I lived in San Antonio a few years ago, Texas collectors were torn on the authenticity of this label on a steinie bottle.   The label is common on a long neck and you occasionally saw the 12 oz label on a quart bottle (not an uncommon practice as I've seen t his done by other brewers).  The label itself is very common and you can find stacks of these in antique stores throughout the San Antonio area.  It seems that glueing the label to various types of bottles happens all the time with this label.  So...why do I think this is an authentic label?  A couple of reasons.   I contacted Charlie Staats, an authority on San Antonio Breweriana.   He says he has found 2 of these bottles, one of which was still full.  He is convinced it is authentic.   Also, the label on my bottle is affixed using the glue pattern one sees on most bottles in the 1930 - 1950 time frame.  On both the right hand and left hand edge of the label is a 1/4" strip of glue that when looked at from the back of the bottle appears as a dark strip.  This pattern is extremely difficult if not impossible to duplicate as glue residue is left on the bottle around the label.  With those things in mind, I'm convinced this bottle is authentic.

New bottles from summer and fall 2013

Posted by Brad Flinders on November 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I just added photos of 16 bottles I added to my collection over the past couple of months.  The bottles include an extremely tough Zoller's Famous Beer steinie with a factory scene on the label.   The bottle even came with a mummified mouse inside!  Go to the Collection Photos area of the web site and click on "New Acquisitions".

New Breweriana for sale

Posted by Brad Flinders on October 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I am expanding what I sell on this website.  I just listed a nice group of coasters and will be adding more coasters and other breweriana within the next couple of days.