Where can I buy beer that comes in swing top bottles? I don't wanna buy empty bottles if for a few more coins I can get some beer in it! :D

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Pubs that stock Grolsch will often let you have their bottles, for £4 per crate, which is a lot less than you would usually pay for empty bottles. They have a deal with Grolsch to return the bottles (and crates) for that amount, but apparently Grolsch is awful at picking up regularly, so most places have a case or two, or sometimes 10, hanging around that they just want rid of, and if you offer to pay their refund, they will gladly take it.

I find the bottles to be perfect for brewing (if you don't mind Green bottles), they're strong and attractive, and you won't get them cheaper than this!

  • (Note, I haven't done this for about a year, the price may have gone up...)
    – Ryno
    Jan 9, 2014 at 0:57
  • I know only 1 place that sells them and they said they had to return them to the brewery, but I was trying to score them for free. I will try again armed with this knowledge. thanks Jan 9, 2014 at 11:40
  • I had more luck with small restaurants than pubs, actually. If you're in London, I can name some specific places.
    – Ryno
    Jan 9, 2014 at 16:27
  • I venture in quite often, anything along Stratford to Sidcup by car would be great. Jan 9, 2014 at 16:37
  • I can get regular bottles from Wetherspoons, but not swing tops. Jan 9, 2014 at 16:42
  • Location: Aldi (Next shipment Sept 2014)
  • Brand: Das Helle
  • Size: 500ml *
  • Cost: £2 approx
  • Colour: Brown *
  • Location: Asda / Tesco
  • Brand: Grolsch
  • Size: 450ml
  • Cost: 3 for £5 approx
  • Colour: Green

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