Sunday, March 30, 2014

From Rick Hall down in the Cajon Zone.......

Hi Rick,
 Hope All is Well up there, the snow must be melting by now? Anyways, I tried to put something on the Western Bitters Website and I got up today and I didn’t see it so I am not sure I did it right? I listed these 2 pictures and my comment was - - - - 

  This is an Ale bottle Dug in the Bay Area, on the Base it has the Number 4, like many of the Western Made & Dug Spices I have seen, Would this maybe be a Western Made Bottle? I Realize it is Not an Expensive bottle, but, I was Curious about it.  Thanks and see you in a bottle show someday.
 Rick Hall


  1. I dug this exact same bottle next to a yellow Olive Pride of Kentucky in an Arizona ghost town along with some other mid 70s bottles. I would also like to know what it is. It's very crude deep apple green within applied top and the number four on the base. Kelly

  2. Although there’s no proof, I have long believed these light green black glass shaped bottles are Western blown. I’ve dug quite a few of these in California from late 60s, early 70s context.

  3. I have dug several of these bottles with partial labels at the Sierra Buttes Mine site. The labels were for India Pale Ale but I don't recall if they had the name of a western agent .

  4. We dug a lot of identical bottles in Nevada over time. One particular camp, dating TOC, had a real fondness for the beverage inside. The town dump was in a sandy wash and the labels were well preserved on some. They were Guinness Stout, had a black cat on the main body of the label, and the name E.J. Burke. The labels were multi colored, primarily a dark crème color with black letters and red highlights. The bottles, in this case, were European, not domestic. Some were two piece, others three piece, molds. Bases varied; some with just the dot, some plain, and others, if I recall correctly, were numbered. Tops, glass color and character were identical to his. I'd wager that Ricks is also an import from Great Britain