Breweriana.com has had the honor and priveledge of buying and selling the finest beer cans and collections in the hobby. Both our customers and those who have sold or consigned individual beer cans and collections to Breweriana.com have given overwhelmingly positive feedback. References are available upon request. Below we show some of the more significant collections/items we've brought to highly satisfied customers over the past couple of years.
Most notable, is the David and Jane Stark collection from just outside of Chicago, Illinois, acquired by Breweriana.com in late 2007. This collection, assembled over 35 years, is the most advanced beer can collection ever to hit the market. It featured the rarest and highest condition cans known in the hobby. The banner below shows a small sampling of some of the wonderful cans in this collection.
In early 2008, the Rob Skalla collection out of Kalamazoo, Michigan was consigned to Breweriana.com. Rob was a good friend of Breweriana.com's owner, Dan Morean, and it has been an honor assisting the Skalla family with the disposition of Rob's collection. Rob collected top condition cans from all around the country, and was strongest in set cans, Michigan cans, and cans from Pacific Brewing in Oakland, California. Below are a few examples of some of the exceptional cans from the Skalla collection, including the 8oz Buccaneeer Stout, Glacier Beer annd Hollywood Ranch Market cans from Pacific Brewing, the finest Boston Light Ale J-Spout known, the best known Hop Gold Ye Old English Ale instructional, and one of very few clean Horluck's Vienna Export Beer instructionals.
In August of 2006, Breweriana.com purchased the Rick Poore Croft and Wehle beer can collection out of Standish, Maine. Rick was very pleased with the sale and in May, 2008, Rick sold his Narragansett collection to Breweriana.com. This was one of the most advanced Narragansett collections ever assembled. This collection featured some of the highest grade known examples of Narragansett cans as well as many rare pieces of Narragansett beer advertising. Below are some photos of this collection which included the Williams Purple Cow zip top, the rare Narragansett Light Ale flat top, a best known Narragansett Gold Label variation, a rare tin Narragansett sign, and a rare Narragansett factory scene lithograph in original frame.
In January, 2007, Breweriana.com purchased the McCoy Flat Bottom Inverted Rib and other Cone Tops collection outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. This likely was the most complete set of FBIR cones ever assembled. Among the better cans in this collection were the unique Schlitz FBIR, the "Valentines" Kato FBIR, the Gretz Beer and Souther Select J-Spouts and others (shown below).
In January, 2007, Breweriana.com purchased the Kevin Lilek instructional beer can collection out of Aurora, Illionois. This collection featured many rare flat tops with opening instructions, including an extensive collection of Krueger beer cans. The very rare, pre-tax Krueger Ale & Beer baldy set (the first set of beer cans distributed in the US) was in this collection.
Another interesting acquisition by Breweriana.com was a find of beer cans out of a Long Island, NY bar that was auctioned in March, 2008 by the Cyr auction in Gray, Maine. The Cyr auction contacted as many beer can dealers as it could find on the internet and heavily advertised this find of cans. A large group of the internet can dealers joined forces and placed a combined bid. Breweriana.com bid alone and won this group of cans for $126,000.
Ruppert Bock instructionals, a Poth's Beer instructional, a Schultz Light Beer and a Krueger's Bock Beer were among the better cans in this group. The author put two of these cans (the best Ruppert Bock and the Poth's Beer) in his collection and was happy to come a little shy of breaking even on the investment with the rest of the cans.
Other significant pieces from the King collection are shown below. From left to right, they include a unique A.G. Van Nostrand Bunker Hill Breweries brass sign, a unqiue J. Oscar Kent brewery scene, a best-known Red Fox Ale pre-prohibition, celluloid over cardboard sign, and a rare and minty, pre-prohibition, porcelain Reliance Ale sign from the Boston Beer Co. All of the King items shown above and below remain in the author's private collection.
Breweriana.com purchased the Bussey Rhode Island beer can (and much of the Bussey RI breweriana) collection out of Lincoln, Nebraska in November of 2007. This collection included many top examples of cans from Rhode Island breweries. Shown below is the best known example of the ultra-rare Narragansett Beer instructional which completed a set in the author's collection and a couple of Narragansett pre-prohibiiton trays that are extremely rare in top condition.
We purchased the Raimondi breweriana collection in August of 2006 and the Raimondi beer can collection in February of 2007. The Baltimore, MD area collection was strongest in Baltimore brewery cans and breweriana.
The rare standing Goat flat top pictured to the left was among the many great cans in this collection.
The rare Fred. Bauernschmidt American Brewery factory scene tray also was in this collection.
As time permits, we will add details of other collections Breweriana.com has bought over the years. Among these collections are the Babchuck cone top collection, the Amideo Ballantine and Ruppert can collections, the DeRiggi can collection, the Flask can collection, the Kretschmer beer can and breweriana collection, the Pescaro Harvard collection, the Shattuck New England beer can collection, the West New England collection, the Chandler RI collection, a Cleveland, Ohio estate can collection, the Schulze beer can collection in Deleware, the Small collection in Connecticut, and the Wicker Beverwyck collection.
In addition to buying large collections, Breweriana.com has purchased many individual and small groups of cans that have turned up in all sorts of interesting places over the years. The Log Cabin flat tops to the left turned up during renovations of a home in California. There were a total of five of these cans. The owner of these cans researched and shopped around for the highest bidder for over a year before selling these to Breweriana.com.
In 2006, an estate hired an antiques appraiser to price the contents of a home and sell them in an estate sale. After the close of the sale, the estate hired a company to throw away the remaining contents and clean the house. One cleaner was given permission to keep the case of Cremo Ale cans shown to the right. The owner of these cans contacted the dealers and collectors he could find with his internet search and sold them to Breweriana.com for its high bid of just under $40,000.
Please check this article out again...we have dozens more collections/finds to include in this story and will do so as time permits...
The internet is just one of many avenues we use to display and promote beer cans and breweriana. The best way to see the most current and complete inventory of Breweriana.com is to visit our 5,000 sq. ft. antique beer can and breweriana store in Brimfield, Massachusetts.
Breweriana.com's brick and mortar location has six rooms.
The showroom to the right displays mostly flat top beer cans and post-prohibition beer advertsing. This 1000+ square foot room displays the flats in self-lit, turn-of-the-20th-century country store display cases. The cans in these cases all are from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s...nothing newer. Sparkly clean instructionals and non-instructionals dazzle viewers with their bright colors, graphic appeal and antique aura...breathtaking to the collector!
The cone top display room to the left features 500 square feet of cone top beer cans and breweriana. Here you'll find the world's largest selection of top grade and rare low profile, high profile, flat bottom inverted rib, and J-Spout cone tops.
A few minutes into his visit, the customer in the photo to the left informed me that he was afraid he "...died and went to beer can heaven."
Don't miss our reproduction of a late nineteenth century tavern, featuring rustic hickory floors, dark cherry molding, a 16' antique mahagoney bar and backbar, an 1880s Brunswick novelty pool table, and walls covered with some of the rarest and highest condition pre-prohibition beer advertising available anywhere.
The photo to the right is a snaphshot of this tavern room in mid-2005. The inventory changes frequently and the breweriana displayed in this room as of this writing is almost entirely different.
The room to the left displays mostly crowntainers, quarts and beer bottles.
Another room displays mostly post-prohibition breweriana and another room is dedicated to photography and packaging.
Breweriana.com's store is the only shop in the world dedicated solely to high grade, early and rare beer cans and breweriana.
We hope you will viist us when you are in the area. Our central New England location is convenient to much of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New York. We are about 65 miles from Boston, MA about 50 miles from Hartford, CT about 100 miles from Manchester, NH, about 60 miles from Providence, RI, and about 160 miles from New York City.
Hours: By appointment only.
Phone: (617) 448-2300.
Address: 21 Sturbridge Road, Brimfield, MA 01010.
Directions: From whatever direction you are driving, you will need to get to the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90).
If you are coming from West of our location (eg: from 91 or Albany), take Rt. 90 to Exit 8. At the end of the ramp, take a right on 32 for 7/10 mile. Take a left on 20 and travel east for about 8 miles. About 1/10 mile after passing through the only stop light in Brimfield, Breweriana.com will be on your left set up on a small hill in a large, barn-red building.
If you are coming from East of our location, take Rt. 90 to Exit 9. Follow the signs for Rt. 20/Brimfield. Take 20 West for about 7.5 miles. When the speed limit slows from 55, then to 45 and then to 25 MPH, you'll go around a bend to the right. Breweriana.com is located on the right, on a small hill, in a large barn-red building. If you get to the only traffic light in Brimfield, you just passed us!
The business now known as Breweriana.com was started in 1995 by the author, a collector with 30 years experience in the hobby. The business was started in a Malden, Massachusetts living room, where there was a computer tapped into the internet and walls full of beer cans and breweriana.
The Breweriana.com web site was first launched in 1996. At the time, there was only one other retail beer can/breweriana web site on-line (which is long out of business). So, Breweriana.com is the oldest retail beer can and breweriana web site now on the internet.
Over the years, Breweriana.com has grown, one satisfied customer and one satisfied seller/consignor at a time.
Today Breweriana.com is the beer can and brewery advertising leader, both on-line and off (see "Collections/Items We've Handled"). Thousands of customers world-wide appreciate finding rare items on Breweriana.com and hundreds of sellers and consignors have enjoyed profitable and smooth transactions with Breweriana.com.
Several people do the work that goes into keeping Breweriana.com at the top of the heap. My beautiful wife Julie (with her 4.0 GPA MBA) provides unlimited "free" marketing and business consultations. Ron Small has 30 years of experience and a vast knowledge of beer cans and breweriana. Krystelle Tolentino asssists with web page updates and tradeshows. We have 4 web site development contributors. And, last but not least, David Waugh is in charge of Breweriana.com's design work (he can not be blamed for the earliest two logos above...those were pre-David). Finally, the author eats, sleeps, drinks, and breathes beer cans and breweriana--anything to help keep this recovering lawyer out of a suit and tie!
All the work we put into Breweriana.com is with an eye toward being in business decades from now. We have no desires or plans to take over the universe...just to keep doing what we're doing and to do it better and better as time passes. We value the relationships we've made with buyers and sellers over the years and we see these mutually successful relationships as the spring-board for continued success.
The Breweriana.com community was established in 1995 by me, Dan Morean. Breweriana.com is the oldest retail beer can and brewery advertising web site on the internet. Breweriana.com serves as the internet base for my beer can and breweriana collecting and business.
In about 1976, a friend of mine, Mike Flask, introduced me to beer can collecting. Mike's father, Frank, worked for the C. Schmidt & Sons brewery in Cleveland. Each time a new can was introduced at the brewery, Frank would take one of the cans home for Mike. Back then, I acquired cans by walking along the road and looking for them, digging around old dumps, trading with other kids in the neighborhood, and buying from older collectors/dealers at flea markets.
Around 1995, I began buying and selling cans on the internet (which, by the way, is a heck of a lot more efficient than walking along miles of roadsides and rummaging through flea markets and garage sales). When I formally launched the Breweriana.com website in 1996, there was only one other site of its kind on the internet. That site went out of business several years ago. Today, there are many web sites devoted to beer cans and beer advertising.
In 1997, I left the practice of law to devote myself full-time to Breweriana.com. Breweriana.com has remained my sole occupation since.
In 2000, Breweriana.com opened its brick and mortar retail store in Brimfield, Massachusetts. It is a 5,000 square feet facility with 4 rooms filled with beer cans and breweriana. Please see the "Brick and Mortar" section of "About Us" for more information about our off-line store. Breweriana.com is the only beer can and/or breweriana website to also have a brick and mortar store.
In the years since 1995, the finest beer can and breweriana collections in the world (those of Bussey, Kates, King, Lilek, McCoy, Skalla, and Stark, to name a few) have been sold with great success on Breweriana.com. No other web site or person has handled more top quality cans than Breweriana.com.
Today, Breweriana.com remains the market leader for beer cans and breweriana. There is a team of several dedicated contributors at Breweriana.com. We attribute our success to dealing honestly and with transparency. When we buy beer cans and breweriana, we empower the seller with full disclosure of all information related to their items, including retail value and we pay a higher percentage of retail (sometimes more than retail if items are for the author's personal collection!) than our competitors. When we sell, the same philosophy of honesty and transparency applies. We always empower buyers with full discolosure or all relevant facts, incuding quantities of items found, imperfections, etc. You will find the claims made on Breweriana.com are backed with solid proof as you browse our site.