People collect all kinds of things! Stuffed animals (like me!), cars, shoes. What about alcohol-related items? I found six collections of alcoholic beverages that I had to share with you! Have a drink, put the bottle cap away and read with me!
Get me some shades!
God’s Own Junkyard in London is a gallery consisting of 1,400 neon signs. Marcus Bracey’s grandfather, a Welsh coal miner, started the collection in the 1950s, and his father, Chris Bracey, was one of London’s leading neon sign designers. Admission to the gallery is free and everything is for sale. Prices range from $400 to $60,000 (in British pounds, of course). And yes, the electric bill is high, over $3,000 per month.
That’s a lot of cans!
One man’s trash (or recycling) is another man’s treasure. Jeff Lebo’s collection of over 100,000 beer cans is valued at over $3,000,000. He spent his early days collecting, more than 45 years ago, going to great lengths to add new and unique cans to his collection, including digging through dumpsters and even diving in Scotland. These days, his collection grows thanks to trade with other collectors.
Jeff’s collection covers the walls of his rooming house (called BrewHouse Mountain) in Yorktown, Pennsylvania. For $472/night, you can stay at this beer-themed hideaway on airbnb!
drink the whole bottle!
Israel’s Rotem Ben Shitrit collects those mini-bottles of alcohol we used to see, but less often find, in airplane carts and hotel minibars. At 8,000 bottles, it’s the largest known collection in the world, with 3,000 of those mini-bottles filled with bourbon.
Wait, there’s more!
Thousands of beers on a menu, thousands of bottles on the wall, and too many bottle caps. Check out the other collections related to alcoholic beverages that I found! Health! Please