Spirit In A Bottle
Glass technology developed in India around 1,730 BC. The first small glass bottles was made in ca. 1,500 BC in Mesopotamia. Around 200 BC Syrian craftsmen invented the glassmaker’s pipe allowing for larger and more varied bottle shapes. The oldest unopened wine bottle in the world was found in Speyer, Germany. The Speyer Wine Bottle is dating back to 325 AD.
For a long time, glass bottles remained luxury goods and were reserved for fine alcohols and medicine. Alternatively, people stored spirits in amphora, jugs, or bottles made out of clay. Some clay bottles are still in use today, i.e. Genever or for fine Eaux-de-Vie.
In 1903, when US businessman and inventor Michael Joseph Owens (1859-1923) introduced the first fully automatic glass machine capable of producing 4 bottles per minute – glass production industrialized and opened glass bottles for a broader market. So, some may claim, Owens brought the “Spirit Into The Bottle“.
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