Beer Facts — Beer Bottle Lingo

Australian longneck

The Australian longneck is a bottle of 750 ml (25.4 U.S. fl oz) capacity. In Queensland a longneck is known as a tallie. In Western Australia a longneck is known as a king brown. Carlton & United Beverages had increased their longneck size to 800 ml (27.1 U.S. fl oz), but have recently reverted back to the 750 ml bottle.

North American longneck

A North American longneck is a type of beer bottle with a long neck. It is known as the standard longneck bottle or industry standard bottle (ISB). The ISB longnecks have a uniform capacity, height, weight and diameter and can be reused on average 16 times. The long neck offers a long cushion of air to absorb the pressure of carbonation to reduce the risk of exploding. In Canada, in 1992, the large breweries agreed to all use a longneck bottle of standard size, thus replacing the traditional stubby bottle, since that time. The stubby bottle was traditionally 355ml while the US longneck was 341ml, however the US has since replaced the 341ml longneck with a 355ml straight necked bottle making the traditional American longneck unique to Canada.


A bomber is a 22 U.S. fl oz glass bottle that is commonly sold in American specialty markets and brewpubs. Bombers typically contain two to three servings of beer, which may be shared amongst friends. They are also a popular bottle type with homebrewers.

South African Quarts

In South Africa a 750-millilitre bottle is referred to as a quart.


A “forty” is American slang for a 40 U.S. fl oz bottle commonly used for malt liquor. Forties are more than three times as large as the standard American 12-U.S.-fluid-ounce (355 ml) serving of beer.


A growler is a U.S. half gallon glass jug used to transport draft beer in the United States. They are commonly sold at breweries and brewpubs as a means to sell take-out beer. Some breweries also offer a one-liter or one-quart version. Growlers are also used by homebrewers as an alternative to kegs or smaller bottles for carbonating and storing their beer.

Growlers are generally made of glass and have either a screw-on cap or a hinged porcelain gasket cap which can provide freshness for a week or more. A properly sealed growler will hold carbonation indefinitely, but it is not an appropriate means of long term beer storage since it is not a sanitized form of packaging.

Darwin Stubby

A two-liter (67 U.S. fl oz) “Darwin Stubby” is available in Australia’s Northern Territory. It is quite expensive and thus mostly a tourist gimmick. The Darwin Stubby was first introduced in April 1958 with an 80-imperial-fluid-ounce (76.9 U.S. fl oz) capacity.

Caguama bottles

In Mexico, “caguama” is a popular name for a 940 ml (31.8 U.S. fl oz) beer bottle. The Mexican beer brands which are sold in these bottles include Tecate, Carta Blanca, Sol, Indio, Victoria, Corona Familiar and Pacifico. In some parts of northern Mexico, “caguamas” are “ballenas” meaning whale in Spanish.

In 2007, Cervecería Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma invented its own version of the forty, called the “caguamon”, a 40.6 U.S. fl oz beer bottle presentation for its Tecate and Carta Blanca lines.

De Nederlandse Bierfles (pijpje)

People in the Netherlands are used to giving up most of what they have to the tax man, and that mentality spilled over to their beer bottles. A full 12 ounces just wouldn’t seem right, so most beer producers in the Netherlands sell their beers in a 300 ml (10.1 U.S. fl oz) bottle called De Nederlandse Bierfles. De Nederlandse Bierfles is more commonly known as pijpje (little pipe). The pijpje was introduced in 1986.

(With thanks to Wikipedia.)

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