Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Small Beer

I never drink beer, I really can’t stand the stuff – but I do like the shape of some of the bottles it comes in!


The bottle on the left originally held St Stephanus, a Belgian ‘Abbey’ beer, first made in 1295, and distributed in the UK by SABMiller


The beer is produced in the Van Steenberge brewery in Ertvelde, which is still linked to the local monastery and its order of monks.

The bottle on the right comes from the Meantime Brewery in Greenwich, where the chief executive, Nick, is a former work colleague of Steph at SABMiller.

You’ll be glad to know that the liquid in the bottles is just water – I hate to think what would happen if I put my flowers in beer [and I suspect Steph would be cross with me for misuse of her company’s products]

Incidentally, the term ‘small beer’ which now means trifling matters, of no importance, was a term used in medieval England for weak beer, which contained very little alcohol. St Stephanus is definitely not small beer, being 9% ABV, more than twice the 4.1% of the Meantime Ale!


  1. I rather like the shape of some whisky bottles myself but building a collection is probably not a good way to go :)

  2. I think you are very wise not to attempt such a project!

  3. I have a lovely wine bottle (sparkling wine)in which I keep my olive oil..I couldn't throw it away it is too pretty! I like the right hand side bottle the looks very chic.
    Jane x


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