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Old Bottle, New Life

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So as a beer geek, I often have bottles from rare or limited edition beers that I keep in a box, thinking that someday I’ll do a cool project with them.

This box tends to grow for a year or so and then once I have dozens of really awesome bottles, I remember that I’m not talented enough to do any of the cool stuff that I see on YouTube.  This went on for a long time and I’ve thrown out some really awesome bottles that I wish that I had done something with.

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a new way to inject life into these bottles.  I had given this particular friend a bottle of Southern Slice, a limited edition collaborative brew between Cigar City Brewing Company in Tampa, Florida and Terrapin Brewing.  The beer was fantastic but the bottle looked really cool, the label had a slice of pecan pie on it and both company logos were on it! This buddy sent the bottle to a friend of his with Candle Cantina (http://candlecantina.com) and a couple of weeks later, he gave me back the bottle in it’s new incarnation, a butter rum candle! 

I thought this was a fantastic!  I’ve seen people who take off the labels and put them on coasters and I think they’re great, I know companies who flatten bottle in a kiln as a spoon rest or windchimes, but I’ve never seen someone take the actual bottle with a label and provide a second life for it like this!

This all started for Heather ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) at Candle Cantina a couple of years ago.  They had bought a warehouse with all the equipment for making candles in it.  At the time, they tried a standard candle company but as I was informed, there are a ton of standard candle companies.  It was at the time that Heather and her business partner started getting into craft beer and realized that they too were collecting a large bottle collection. b2ap3_thumbnail_AngelenoIPA__76665.1407938041.480.480.jpg

You may have even seen Candle Cantina at OC Brew Ho Ho or the Lancaster Field of Draft events! They are starting to develop a large following in the craft beer market because of the unique gift opportunity that they offer.

Here’s the best part, they are open to custom candles.  Let’s say for example you have a bottle of a rare beer that you’ve been trying to find a way to display.  You can actually send this bottle over to them and they will cut it and fill it with an aromatic candle that you choose! 

If you want they also have “stock” bottles that they’ve gotten from local bars and restaurants that include liquor bottles.  You can check them out on their website http://www.candlecantina.com, at Facebook HERE and Instagram HERE!  You may even see my awesome candle from a Cigar City bottle on their Instagram page!  Candle Cantina also makes candles out of liquor bottles, wine bottles and classic seltzer bottles so there really is something for everyone at this shop!

Generally 12 oz, bottles are around $10 and 22 oz. bottles are in the $20 range.  Extremely reasonable and these would be an awesome stocking stuffer!  Check them out, these are an awesome and affordable holiday gift for someone who likes craft beer or collects cool bottles!

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