|Giant Containers: Other Bottles (page 1)|
(hit "refresh" to get the most recent version of this page; click on photos for larger images)
|The S-Bridge Cafe [gone]
|This Beer Bottle sat in a pile of fiberglass ice cubes. When these photos were taken around 2001, the S Bridge Café was no longer there but the bottle remained. By 2010, the bottle was gone.|
|The Giant Bottle is installed next to the Irish Hills Fun Center. In 2005 (first photo), the faded lettering appeared to read "Tipton Waterslide & Beach". The waterslide is closed now but the Fun Center still has go-karts. By 2011 (second photo), the bottle had been painted red. This bottle is apparently from the same mold as the one in Triadelphia shown above. There is also a giant ice cream cone at the Fun Center.|
|Big Buck Beer
Auburn Hills, MI
|Big Buck Beer
|Corona Beer Bottle
These Big Buck Beer bottles are both located right beside I-75 on Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse properties. They are 47 feet tall and made of stainless steel. These bottles are used as grain silos for on-site beer and ale production. The Gaylord location was first, opening in 1995. Both giant bottles say "Gaylord" on their labels. These photos are from 2006. By 2007, the Auburn Hills location had closed but the bottle was still there in 2011.
The Corona Beer Bottle is installed on the roof of Crocodile Rock. It is illuminated at night. For more, see this website.
|Grain Belt Beer Bottle
St. Paul, MN
|This Grain Belt Beer Bottle is installed in front of a former brewing plant. What was originally Grain Belt, later became the Minnesota Brewing Company. This brewery, which operated for nearly 150 years, closed in 2002. I don't know what the plans are for the bottle. It was still there in 2012. Does anyone know when it was built?|
|Catsup Bottle Water Tower
These Beer Bottles are located at FAST which is the largest producer of fiberglass statues in the country. The photo at the left shows the mold which is used to produce the bottles.
The Catsup Bottle is 70 feet tall. It is installed on a 100 foot tall tower. The bottle originally functioned as a water tower. It was built in 1949 for the G.S. Suppiger catsup bottling plant which produced Brooks Tangy Catsup. In 1995, the local community raised the $70,000 to save and restore the bottle. The paint job replicates the original 1949 catsup label. The bottle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.
|Renault Winery bottleEgg Harbor City, NJ||Renault Winery bottleHammonton, NJ||former Renault Winery bottleBayville, NJ|
|former Renault Winery bottleNew Gretna, NJ|
There were supposedly eighty of these 24 foot tall concrete champagne bottles built in the 1920s by the Renault Winery. These bottles were distributed as far away as California and Florida as part of a nationwide advertising campaign. I believe only these four bottles in New Jersey survive.
The Egg Harbor City bottle still stands in front of the winery itself. [vintage photo thanks Linda Hasenbalg]
The Hammonton bottle is just down the road from the winery.
In 2003, the Bayville Bottle was painted to advertise a nearby gas company as the "MGS, the Champagne of Propane". It was peeling badly for years. The bottle has now been painted white and wrapped with a banner to advertise for Top Spot, the business directly behind it.
The New Gretna Bottle has a detailed base. I don't know if the other Renault bottles all had this originally. In 2001 (first photo), this bottle was still advertising for Renault. In 2002, the owner wrapped it in vinyl and began soliciting advertising. Around 2008, the bottle was painted entirely white. In 2011, the land and bottle were for sale.