Construction Workers Find 100-Year-Old Beer Bottle Under Virginia Job Site

by Michael Freeman

You always hear about construction workers finding odd things at work sites, but a recent discovery takes the cake, or rather, beer. While at a Virginia job site, construction employees found an intact 100-year-old beer bottle.

The Virginian Pilot reported Sunday while on a site for a luxury apartment complex in Norfolk, Virginia, construction workers found the intact beer bottle. Bo Taylor of the Breeden Company, a Virginia Beach real estate company, was there when his crew found the bottle. While working on The Lofts at Front Street, they found the bottle and discovered it came from the Washington-based Christian Heurich Brewing company. The company used to be near the site but hasn’t been active in some time.

Taylor spoke to the outlet about the find, saying the bottle is actually pretty worthless, except to a collector. Nonetheless, it does serve as a way to look at Norfolk’s past. “It’s interesting to be here in the city of Norfolk, digging down and seeing 100-plus years of artifacts,” he said. “You begin to wonder, why is it here? And how did it get here? It causes you to think and dream backward of what life here used to look like. Anytime you stick a shovel in the ground in the city of Norfolk, you’re going to find some history.”

The bottle in question is a dark beer bottle with a tall neck. It features the company’s logo of a leaf with an “H” in the middle of the bottle, with the top clearly reading “Norfolk Branch.” As it turns out, the Heurich Brewing Company used to be quite prominent in the area, with The Virginian Pilot noting it bought a “considerable piece of property” in 1897.

Craft Beer Prices May Hike Soon and it May Surprise You Why

Though the 100-year-old beer found in Norfolk, Virginia may not sell for much now, beer, in general, may get more expensive. Specifically, craft beer prices could very well rise due to aluminum prices surging.

WQAD spoke to several breweries about possible price hikes, and many of them think it will happen due to aluminum can supply issues. Great Revivalist Brew Lab in Geneseo is one such brewery, with founder Scott Lehnert voicing his concerns. Lehnert told the outlet pallets he buys contain nearly 7,000 empty cans and he goes through two to three pallets a month. Overall, that’s not too many cans, so he goes through a wholesaler. The problem now is wholesalers are raising prices due to aluminum shortages, which could spike beer prices too.

So, why don’t these breweries go with distributors? Apparently, manufacturers and distributors raised the minimum can requirement companies must buy and the minimum order is huge. Not only is that quite expensive, but breweries would need space to store all the cans. Making things worse, plastic and cardboard prices are on the rise too.

Forget selling the 100-year-old beer, the construction workers may want to drink it if things get bad enough.