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Root Beer Extract Bottles

Soon after Charles E. Hires introduced Root Beer to the public in 1876, a packaged Hires Root Beer Extract was made available to homes and soda fountains.

Other soda manufactures quickly followed with their own version of Root Beer extract in bottles. None was as popular as Hires Root Beer Extract in bottles.

These bottles contained the secret formula syrup for making home brew Root Beer. Home brewers had to only add the extract to certain home ingredients such as water, sugar and yeast. The home brew was ready when bottled in anything that was corkable and allowed to set several day. Companies that produced the extract advertised that you could produce 5 to 6 gallons for as little as 25 cents.

Baker's Indian Root Beer Extract Bottle
Baker's Indian Root Beer Extract Bottle

The extract bottles were sealed by a cork and found in amber, aqua or clear glass. Used up to the 1940s most had 3 to 4 ounces, 4 inches to 5 inches tall, embossed on the side with the company's name and advertisement. See known Root Beer Extract bottles below.

Frostie Root Beer
Frostie Root Beer Advertising
  • Allen's
  • Ayd's
  • Baker's Indian
  • Bean's
  • Bryant's
  • Burrough
  • Burton's
  • Champion
  • Dove
  • Durkee
  • Favorite
  • Fisher's
  • Flagstaff
  • French's
  • Galvin's
  • Hallock's
  • Hartshorn
  • Mexican
  • Nyman's
  • Papoose
  • Polar Bear
  • Puritan
  • Raser's
  • Royal Worchester
  • Heinle's
  • Herter's
  • Hires
  • Horseshoe
  • Indian
  • Knapp's
  • Lear's
  • Schilling's
  • Shank's
  • Shrader & Johnson
  • Strickler's
  • Supreme
  • Taylor's
  • Thomson & Taylor's
  • Three Star
  • Towle's Log Cabin
  • Triangle Club
  • United States
  • Ward's
  • Warwick's
  • Watkin's
  • Week's
  • William's
  • Zatarain's

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