Category Archives: Ales & Ciders

Ale and Cider Bottles

Jacob Pinkerton’s Wahoo & Calisaya Bitters

Jacob Pinkerton’s Wahoo & Calisaya Bitters 21 November 2015 (R•020116) Have you ever used the celebrated Wahoo and Calisaya Bitters better known by the cabalistic letters “I.M. O. K. — 1864– Y!  Y!” This phrase is repeated in various period … Continue reading

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My bottle from the Empress of Ireland

My bottle from the Empress of Ireland 08 April 2015 Recently I received a couple of e-mails from Francine Saint-Laurent in Montréal (Québec) with questions about a bottle she had in her possession. The e-mails also referenced the Empress of Ireland which … Continue reading

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Henry Ferris Porter Bottle

Henry Ferris Porter Bottle 27 February 2015 The following e-mail was in my in-box from last month and I haven’t had a chance to pursue until now. It is represented below from a fellow in Florida. Pretty neat old ale bottle of some … Continue reading

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FOHBC 2014 Lexington National | Saturday Morning Seminars

FOHBC 2014 Lexington National | Saturday Morning Seminars 09 August 2014 This group of pictures come from the Seminars that occurred on Saturday morning from 9:00 am until noon. There were three sets of paired seminars to give attendees a choice. All seemed to … Continue reading

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Kentucky’s Top 25 Rarest Bottles

In honor of and in preparation for the upcoming FOHBC 2014 National Antique Bottle Show in Lexington, Kentucky, I thought it would be nice to look at the Top 25 Kentucky’s Rarest Bottles. I will try to add pictures if I have … Continue reading

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Could a mundane bottle of wine-flavored ginger ale be a descendent of a winery established in 1835?

Could a mundane bottle of wine-flavored ginger ale be a descendent of a winery established in 1835? 24 June 2014 by Ken Previtali Two earlier PRG posts, one on Bininger’s Knickerbocker Wine Bitters and another more recently, on California Wine … Continue reading

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What?…more Orange Bitters…..!

What?…more Orange Bitters…..! by James Viguerie 20 February 2014 I think Orange bitters must have been one of the most common varieties produced. I took a look and tried to find the oldest brand of Orange bitters I could. Most … Continue reading

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Possibly the Earliest Photograph of People Drinking Beer

Possibly the Earliest Photograph of People Drinking Beer 15 February 2014 While working on the Bernard’s Orange Bitters from Edinburgh post, I came across this image above which is possibly the earliest photograph of people drinking beer. It is a salt print … Continue reading

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Bernard’s Orange Bitters and a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland

Bernard’s Orange Bitters and a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland PART OF THE ORANGE BITTERS SERIES 14 February 2014 Here we have yet another mysterious and unlisted ‘orange bitters‘ trade card from the Joe Gourd collection (see below). At first I thought … Continue reading

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The Ladies’ Home Journal Endorses Beer as Opposed to Patent Medicines

The Ladies’ Home Journal Endorses Beer as Opposed to Patent Medicines 08 December 2013 “A mother who would hold up her hands in holy horror at the thought of her child drinking a glass of beer, which contains from two … Continue reading

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