Am I The Only Beer Geek That Saves Empty Bottles?

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  1. Hamburgers

    Hamburgers Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 California

    I've been saving empty bottles of beer for a while now. Mostly just some of the rarities. The beer is gone but I hate letting go. Does anybody else save their empties?
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  2. No1Smitty

    No1Smitty Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2011 California
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    Short answer to thread title. No. :grinning:
  3. MrOH

    MrOH Crusader (754) Jul 5, 2010 Maryland

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  4. stantheposterman

    stantheposterman Initiate (54) Aug 6, 2012 California
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    Its not just you.... I've got them lined up from best to worst. There is alot of glass on those shelves.
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  5. stantheposterman

    stantheposterman Initiate (54) Aug 6, 2012 California
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    I think he is talking about trophys, not for reuse.
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  6. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    I keep all the ones from the beers I love. My bestfriend keeps them and that's his way of rating them.
  7. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 California
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    No you are not. I was saving one of every beer I tried, but after a few months I began to run out of space. So what I did is, I soaked all those bottles until the labels peeled off, and I put them in an album. Next step is to make a beer-label-table. I inherited a cool wooden folding table from my grandparents that my grandfather covered with wine labels, and the clear coated over. That gave me the inspiration to make a similar table with beer labels. I also save various bottlecaps, which I make into coasters.

    I also save some bottles with printed on labels, and some cans to display when I build my bar.
  8. Hamburgers

    Hamburgers Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 California

    That's a great Idea. Thanks.
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  9. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    I sell them back to the homeless people for 4 cents a bottle.

    Lol I'm just kidding, that would be mean. 3 cents is my going rate.
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  10. muchloveforhops3

    muchloveforhops3 Zealot (586) Apr 5, 2009 Oregon

    You're not alone, my friend. I always keep some of the most memorable brew bottles around, based on how I liked the contents, label art, etc. I add to my collection as I go of course, and every once in awhile, I sort through the bottles and recycle a portion. Keeps the display from getting too out of control.
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  11. Stoutish

    Stoutish Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2013 California

    My fiancee thinks it weird, but I save all my bottles, date them with a silver paint marker, a gold one for my favorites. They reside in boxes for now. I will make a trophy shelf one day.
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  12. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 California
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    Hehe... De-location... My wife tells me I'm retarded whenever I watch that show. I think it's funny
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  13. Frddymck

    Frddymck Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013

    I was saving them but quickly ran out of room, Now I just take a picture or two. Have several images on flickr as well as Facebook.
  14. bayareahustla

    bayareahustla Aspirant (208) Jul 13, 2012 California
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    i could not agree more. this is exactly what i do.
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  15. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

  16. arfenhouse

    arfenhouse Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 California

    I just save the labels. Only bottles I ever consider saving are awesome looking silkscreens.
  17. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    I save certain specialties and rarities or just really good brews. I also save one of everything that isn't year round from Stone and DFH. Stone because their bottles are what got me started saving and DFH because they're my favorite and they make a lot of cool labels. I have 4 wine/bomber boxes full of bottles plus another box or 2 worth just sitting around my room. Those are the extras. Then I have my shelf. The only picture I have of it is a waayyy outdated one from almost 2 years ago, but it is what it looked like then


    Its much more cluttered now lol.
  18. Ciocanelu

    Ciocanelu Poo-Bah (5,005) Aug 30, 2012 Romania
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    I save all the bottles. I'm currently at ~650.
    I also have an app on my phone that lets me add a photo, name, type, description and rating.
  19. JerzDevl2000

    JerzDevl2000 Poo-Bah (2,246) Oct 7, 2005 New Jersey

    I've met a few people who do this and I was close to saving mine at one time but with 600+ reviews now, that would have required a new room or a few racks, at the least.

    Instead, I just cut out the sides of the sleeves for any 6-packs where I've had at least one one of the bottles inside of them. It's just a big box for me now and someday, I'll have a wall (or maybe part of a bar) with all the sleeves of the beers I've been fortunate enough to enjoy over the years.
  20. jtmartino

    jtmartino Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California
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    I have no room for thousands and thousands of empties. It would be like an awesome episode of hoarders if I kept every bottle I've popped.
  21. gcamparone

    gcamparone Poo-Bah (1,512) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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    I just started saving them. Wish I had started sooner
  22. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin


    nope haha. Pic is from awhile ago but yeah. Can't really fit much more onto my shelf so now i'm just switching out bottles based on preference (and admittedly, sometimes on label design... i mean i want it to look nice! :stuck_out_tongue: )
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  23. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    I started doing exactly this and my wife threw a whole bunch of them in the same box I obtained via trading...
  24. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    I started doing this with Sam Adams since that's what got me into craft type beers (I'm only a couple months past 22). After 46 of them I realized I'd never have enough space since they release at least 10+ new beers per year. Now I rarely drink Sam Adams and basically save every bottle of a beer I thought was exceptional or has really awesome art work. Sometimes I'll save the bottle if it's a beer rare to my area that I may never have again, even if it wasn't a favorite and the artwork isn't that great.

    My collection now is pretty much Surly, BCSB, Hopslam, DFH, etc. Basically just a bunch of good beers.
  25. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    this is where my wife drew the line. so yes, i have tried, but ultimately ending up throwing them away. the only bottle I have left is a Westy 12
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  26. LarryAppleton

    LarryAppleton Initiate (169) Dec 1, 2012 Quebec (Canada)
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    Care to share how you make coasters from caps? Thanks!
  27. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I used to keep every bottle from whatever new beer I try. The wife put up with it for a while as I engulfed our kitchen and filled closets with empties. Then one day she snapped and I had to toss all but the rarities and out of state bottles.
  28. JimSmetana

    JimSmetana Initiate (0) May 11, 2012 Illinois

    I used to...When I was in my 20's.

    Now I save them to fill with tasty home-brew!
  29. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    <-----------------Old pic but I have 276 empties so far.
  30. kenpo23

    kenpo23 Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2009 Massachusetts

    Make glasses out of them...that way they are not collecting dust.
  31. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    I am PLANNING on removing the labels for another purpose (table top or posters for wall) but in the meantime I have a few hundred piling up and I am running out of room.... quick.

    I will also keep a few on the bottle for my hall of fame.
  32. Jeffo

    Jeffo Poo-Bah (2,745) Sep 7, 2008 Netherlands

    A mate of mine has been keeping an empty of every bottle he's drunk for the last 18 years. He's well over a thousand now. Luckily for his marriage he has a huuuuge basement.

    I have a shelf in my kitchen that will hold about thirty empties or so. This is my limit. If I want to add an empty to the shelf, I have throw another one away. Every now and then I do a mass purge to make more room. This space limit keeps the collection from getting out of hand.

  33. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    I used to, but after they piled up, I only save bombers and the like now. The big bottles seem so much more impressive. I'll hold on to a good 12oz bottle if it's memorable. I'm thinking of opening a bottle shop and using the empties to make a wall. :grimacing:
  34. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I have been saving one of every beer I try but I've missed a few that were one offs or were sampled while traveling. Anybody into trading empty bottles?
  35. JM03

    JM03 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

    I personally do not save anything. No bottles, no labels, no caps.. Nothing against it, I just see no reason to.
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  36. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    No reason?



    I forget which member here did these, so I had to just google image it.
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  37. JM03

    JM03 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

    Yep, No reason for me. Like I said, Its cool if you guys want to save everything, but I throw it all away. I've got enough junk piling up in my house with toys from 2 young kids. You are welcome to come raid my recycle bin every monday night.
  38. Ciocanelu

    Ciocanelu Poo-Bah (5,005) Aug 30, 2012 Romania
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    I had the same idea. :slight_smile: Just that I want to open a bar.
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  39. crusian

    crusian Crusader (746) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    One of every bottle, started in college... I have a huge attic, and it is much smaller now. Well over 8000 if I had to guess. Probably way more. Not sure why I started and I need to quit, as I want to move. Probably along the lines of a beer wall at a bar or brewery too. Wonder how much I can get at a recycling center. With that said, anyone wants any empties, let me know.
  40. Wishdiak

    Wishdiak Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2012 Connecticut

    I never saved any until moving into an apartment last April with a wall that ends about a foot below the ceiling. It seemed to be just begging for 99 (empty) bottles of beer. Alas, only 76 bottles fit on one side of said wall.
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