First Aluminum Beer Bottle

Big Sky Aluminum Bottle

Big Sky Aluminum Bottle

How about a little historical aluminum bottle trivia?

What was the first aluminum beer bottle in the USA?

Nope – it wasn’t from Anheuser-Busch.  It was from Big Sky Brewing in Missoula, Montana.

Actually, Heineken has the distinction of launching the first aluminum beer bottle in the world.  Big Sky Brewing was second, launching its Moose Drool ale about a week after Heineken.

Moose Drool?  Talk about risky branding.

Big Sky launched its aluminum bottle in 1999.  They didn’t want to use cans because of the popular perception that beers in cans were inferior.  So they took the plunge and used an aluminum bottle.

According to this interesting article in Massachusetts Beverage World, the decision to go with an aluminum bottle paid off.  “Pittsburgh Brewing followed Big Sky in less than a year, putting the iconic but sagging Iron City into an Aluminum Bottle. For this big, aging brewery, losing its big, aging customer base, aluminum bottles represented more than just something outdoorsy and different. They were a lifeline. “It revitalized the brand,” said Tony Ferraro, VP of sales and marketing at Pittsburgh. “That bottle is the best POS there is.”

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2 thoughts on “First Aluminum Beer Bottle

  1. Actually, some beer can collectors discovered that Pabst had a large spun aluminum bottle back in the 1930s! Here a link to the conversation.

    http://www.therustybunch.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=15681&p=140833&hilit=pabst+aluminum+bottles#p140833

    Also, heres some test bottles they had in the late 70s early 80s.

    http://www.therustybunch.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=21746

    Check out the site, us beer can collectors know more about beer in metal bottles than anyone esle.

  2. I guess our aluminum beer bottle history is not entirely accurate :(. I will definitely check out the site. Thx for the info. Some of those bottles must fetch a pretty penny on Ebay.

    BTW – we do not do aluminum beer bottles. Our main business is industrial aluminum bottles. But we are fascinated by aluminum bottles for beverages, which are certainly more interesting.

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