Dave Preston is selling a collection of 600 bottles of beer from around the world (File contributed/ Dave Preston)

Victoria man ready to sell 600 bottles of collector beer

Bottles range from the 1950’s-2000’s and hail from all over the world

Dave Preston’s home has shelves lined with hundreds of amber glass bottles, each smacked with vibrant vintage labels.

In total, Preston’s collection of beer bottles totals somewhere around 600, something he touted as a “ridiculous habit.”

Preston has long-been a beer enthusiast; he used to home brew, write beer reviews in newspapers and magazines and even became a certified beer judge.

VIDEO: Getting hopped up for Victoria Beer Week

He began collecting bottles in the 1980’s when he noticed stubby bottles being phased out for long-neck bottles, and as a beer judge also received many bottles.

“You know how it is, once your friends know you collect something, that’s what you get for a gift,” Preston said.

From friends’ travels and his own, his collection grew to include international additions. Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Fiji, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Turkey and the U.S.A. are just some of the countries represented in his collection.

Bottles include unique specimens dating back to the 1950s, and labels with typos or banned imagery. One has voodoo art that was banned in Alabama, while another shows a nude depiction of Adam and Eve, also banned.

ALSO READ: New brewery and taproom coming to downtown Victoria

“It’s interesting because just like hair and clothes, the label styles change,” Preston said.

But now it’s time to downsize, and that means the collection has got to go.

“I’m being ruthless,” he said. “I’ve only kept a few of my favourite bottles.”

Some of his favourites include a bottle from the first malting factory he worked at and one from 1979, the year he got married. Choosing an absolute favourite for Preston, however, was akin to trying to choose his favourite daughter.

While the bottles have never been opened, some of them are partially empty due to time and evaporation. Others have questionable-looking contents that might not be worth drinking, but would do well on a shelf.

Still, many are from the early 2000’s and could very well still be palatable.

“I’m having a few friends over soon to drink some of the bottles from 1995,” Preston said. “It’s really a bit of a crap-shoot; some may be good, some may go straight down the sink.”

Preston hopes to see the whole collection go somewhere it can be displayed; maybe a restaurant or pub that could use it as decor. While he doesn’t have a hard price point, he figures on average each bottle is worth at least $1, while several are upwards of $20.

“It really isn’t about the money though. I just want to know it’s going somewhere good, so maybe I can go see it every now and then.”

To place a bid or for more information you can visit Preston’s online advertisement on Craigslist.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

Beer

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two new hybrid BC Ferries ships christened with new names in Victoria ceremony

Island Aurora and Island Discovery will service Gulf Island and North Island routes

Quadriplegic Saanich man seeks continuity of home care from Island Health

Island Health took over home care services in November

Public hearing coming for Victoria police officer accused of sexual misconduct

Police watchdog hearing follows VPD investigation into allegations

Lawyer says substitute teacher fought sexual urges for 30 years

Former Victoria badminton coach Harry Charles Sadd to be sentenced for sexual abuse of boys

Pipeline dispute: Tories put no-confidence motion on House of Commons agenda

Conservatives say they have no confidence in the Trudeau government to end the rail blockades

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support the proposed changes for ICBC?

Tuesday’s provincial budget predicted a shift from shortfall to surplus in wake… Continue reading

B.C.’s soda drink tax will help kids lose weight, improve health, says doctor

Dr. Tom Warshawski says studies show sugary drinks contribute to obesity

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett says they can be in Smithers Thursday

Province shows no interest in proposed highway between Alberta and B.C.

Province says it will instead focus on expanding the Kicking Horse Canyon to four lanes

First case of COVID-19 in B.C. has fully recovered, health officer says

Three other cases are symptom-free and expected to test negative soon

Most Read