Tired of spending time and money on the same old boring hobbies? If you have been there and done that with coin collecting, stamp collecting, model building or if your comic book collection is so musty and dusty, not even Billy Mays could clean it up with Orange Glo, why not collect something a little bit more unique. Collectible liquor bottles are highly attractive and can teach history and culture, while filling up your collector’s need to amass a treasure trove of keepsakes.
Fine wine collecting is a hobby that’s perhaps more well known and respected. A capable wine connoisseur is well schooled in the art of determining the vintage of the wine, by taste and smell. However, collectible liquor bottles for their shape, historical or entertainment value is another way to get a bang out of your booze bucks.
The easiest or best part to collecting unique or keepsake collectible liquor bottles is every town has at least one liquor store. Sure, you don’t want to be known as the well oiled, even inebriated type that’s always hanging out around booze, but this is a great place to start off as a collector. Your local pub can also be a real source to tap.
You’d be surprised at just how inexpensive this hobby can be. Certainly the better wines or liquors aren’t exactly cheap, but compared to rare coins, stamps or many out of print comic books, a 10 to 15 dollar investment to start things off won’t bust your budget.
When approaching your local liquor and spirits store or wholesale dealer, get to know the manager or owner. They’d probably love to help you launch your collection with something fun or memorable in a basic wine decanter or classy champagne bottle. Also they’ll know other good sources for your new found collectible focus.
Famous Liquor Bottles
The 1960’s American sitcom classic I Dream Of Jeannie wasn’t expressly known for liquor, but one of the most important props of the show was actually made out of a real liquor bottle. Barbara Eden’s mythical fantasy Jeannie called home in the shape of a colorful bottle. The design was a 1964 Jim Bean Christmas decanter which was full of Beam’s Choice whiskey. Was that the reason Jeannie was always so perky and happy? The design has certainly stood the test of time and I Dream of Jeannie fan’s still pursue this vintage whiskey bottle.
In the original Star Trek, Captain Kirk, Mr.Spock and Dr. McCoy enjoyed drinking Romulan Ale . These bottles were slender, with tapered necks and contained pale blue liquor. Star Trek’s other TV shows and movies almost always dabble in some kind of weird, futuristic or alien liquor, which proves that in the future, humans will still love to get smashed for the sake of just about anything.
If the science fiction of Star Trek or the fantasy romance of I Dream Of Jeannie doesn’t grab you, there are tons of collectible liquor bottles with other themes. You can find sports liquor bottles in the shape of baseballs and bats, football decanters and even patriotic bottles like the Statue Of Liberty.
Collectible liquor bottles is an easy, fun hobby that requires little time and monetary investment. Wines,spirits and liquors are found in every culture and throughout the world. By spending little money and a lot of time and interest, you can amass a respectable collection of liquor. Show it off to your friends and family, but be careful around the more thirsty ones. This is one hobby and collectible that can vanish on its collector with a skillfull twist of the bottle and a quick gulp down the hatch.