Thursday, 30 January 2014

The Case of the Oval Bottle.

Ashbourne was duller than ever today. It was also cold, wet and windy, but I did get an interesting beer for tonight’s beer treat:

St Peter’s Organic Ale

It has three things to commend it:

1. It’s refreshing, with a bitter finish

2. It was on special offer

3. It was on special offer

4. It comes in an interesting oval bottle

Sorry. Four. Here’s what it says about the bottle on the bottle:

Our beautiful, flask-shaped oval bottle is a faithful copy of one produced c1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The original is now kept at St Peter’s Hall (in Suffolk, England) and is a rare example of an oval eighteenth century beer bottle.

Now I have the problem of knowing what to do with the empty. Would it be at all proper to cast such a bottle into the recycling bin? Should I instead put it on a shelf in a prominent position and pretend that I’m interested in bottles. Should I send it to my friend Maddie in upstate New York who really is interested in bottles, and is well known for putting them on shelves in prominent positions? Should I, perhaps, carry it with me in the event that I ever get around to visiting New York in hope of seeing the Holy Grail before I die?

(The one problem with an oval bottle, by the way, is that it’s only comfortable to pick up across the wide part, not the narrow part, which is probably why they started making them round.)

2 comments:

Madeline said...

Maybe you should bury it in your garden, and give some future archaeologist the best day of his/her life.

JJ Beazley said...

OK, put it in your diary for, say, thirty years. I'll be well dead by then and you, no doubt, will be a celebrity making TV documentaries. You can come and dig in my garden, find the bottle and say 'Hey everybody, look what we found. A copy of a Thomas Gerrard beer bottle.' I'll bury it ten feet to the north of the pear tree, to give you a head start.