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Thursday, January 19, 2012

How Old Is This Molson's Bottle Opener?

Shortly after I posted about the revolution of beer bottle openers (Jan 7th), I've received a number of emails from readers about helping date some of their own.

There was one in particular (below) that I'll need some help with. If anyone out there can provide a rough estimate of the date for the following bottle opener, I, along with the individual who submitted the images to me, would appreciate it. Please leave your comments in the comment section below, or shoot me an email to You can click on each image to see it larger.

Molson Bottle Opener - From Michel in Montreal

The old Molson symbol - Crown atop anchor

Font - Molson's

The whole opener


Ferg Devins said...

Hey Troy...interesting opener for sure...and I'm not absolutely certain (will have our archival folks have a peek) but given the seeming resemblence to a brand called "Crown and Anchor" would have likely been associated with the Toronto Fleet Street Brewery which opened in 1957 in Toronto. Stay tuned...I'll see what archive folks say...cheers to beer...@MolsonFerg

Ferg Devins said...

Troy... a further update from our archive folks...
"Yes, we did have a Crown & Anchor brand in the 50’s but this logo dates back to at least as early as 1861. Molson had several brands that used this crown & anchor device before 1900. And a crown & anchor design that is pretty much the same still appears on our Stock Ale brand today. Which doesn’t really answer the question about the bottle opener, since this design has been around for quite a long time." Cheers @MolsonFerg

Troy Burtch said...

Thanks for the information, Ferg! Much appreciated.


Troy Burtch said...

I received the following information over the weekend on the bottle opener:

"I have 3 variations of the Molson opener. It was made by Lunn in Montreal and the design was registered in 1938. The opener most likely hit the market shortly after. The design was also used by Moosehead Breweries. Moosehead Ale is printed on one side and Ten Penny Old Stock Ale is on the other side."

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