Archaeology Collection - Ginger Beer Bottle

Ginger Ale for Grown-Ups

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Ginger beer, not to be confused with its non-alcoholic cousin, was hugely popular in Nova Scotia from the last half of the 19th century right up until the 1920s. There were many brewers of this fermented, low-alcohol beer, including John Dixon, who operated on Quinpool Road from 1899 to 1918. We didn’t have to go far to find one of Dixon’s stoneware bottles. Archaeologists recovered it from our own parking lot in 2002. Just one look at the black transfer-printed label may make you nostalgic for a different time – not to mention thirsty.

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Historic artifact
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Date (age/made): 
c. 1899-1905
Ceramic, Stoneware
Height – 175 mm