Arlington Brewing Co
Consumers Brewing Co
Cherry Smash Co


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Consumers Brewing Co, Rosslyn VA (1895-1902)
  Consumers Brewing Co office, 517 9th street NW DC (1899-1901)
  Arlington Brewing Co, Rosslyn VA (1902-1918)
  Cherry Smash, Rosslyn VA (1920-1933?)
  Dixie Brewing Corp, Rosslyn VA (1934)

Notes:
The dates above came from a combination of American Breweries II2, DC City Directories1 and old articles in the Washington Post. Consumers Brewing Co started in 1895 and built a brewery in Rosslyn VA. It became the Arlington Brewing Co in 1902. If you compare the bottles shown below it appears that there was very little difference between when it was Consumers vs Arlington. After prohibition the brewery was bought by John E. Fowler, who moved his Richmond based Cherry Smash soda company to Rosslyn. In 1933 Fowler formed the Dixie Brewing Corp, but it doesn't appear that the company lasted long enough to brew any beer. The Brewery building was torn down in 1958 to make way for the Key Bridge Motel & Hot Shoppes Restaurant, which is now the Key Bridge Mariott Hotel.

Bottles (Consumers Brewing Co):

consumers_05 book # 178
This is a 9.5" aqua blob-top (the only blob-top on this page), embossed:
diagonal: Consumers
below: Brewing Co. / ROSSLYN, VA.
back: EHE CO
consumers_01 book # 179
The bottle on the left is aqua and the one on the right is amber with a lady-leg shaped neck. Both are 9.5" crown tops embossed:
diagonal: Consumers
below: Brewing Co. / ROSSLYN, VA.
back: EHG CO
consumers_02 book # 179
This is a 9" aqua crown-top embossed:
diagonal: Consumers
below: ROSSLYN, VA.
consumers3 book # 180
These bottles are the same except for the color (left is amber, right is aqua). They are 9.5" crown tops embossed:
round slugplate: CONSUMERS BREWING CO. / TRADE / CBCo / MARK / ROSSLYN VA.
below slugplate: REGISTERED
back: THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE SOLD
consumers_04 book # 181 / 182
Left is a 9.1" aqua crown, center is a 9.7" aqua crown, and right is a 9.5" amber lady-leg crown. They are all embossed the same:
oval slugplate: CONSUMERS BREWING CO. / TRADE / CBCo / MARK / ROSSLYN VA.
below slugplate: THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE SOLD
The left bottle has a small glassmakers mark on the back:
back: S C Co



Bottles (Arlington Brewing Co):
arlington_01 book # 51
These are 9.5" lady-leg crown-tops, in 3 different shades of amber. They are embossed:
diagonal: Arlington
below: Brewing Co. / ROSSLYN, VA.
The dark one with the painted letters is also embossed on the base:
base: MALT BEVERAGE
arlington_04 book # 51a
This is the same as the bottles above, except that it has a label:
label: ARLINGTON / Brewing / Company / Pale Amber / BOTTLED / AT / BREWERY / ROSSLYN, VA. / PHONE / WEST 129.
arlington_03 book # 51
These are 9.25" aqua plain-neck crown-tops. They're embossed the same, but I included the right one because the letters are painted so it looks cool. They are both embossed:
diagonal: Arlington
below: Brewing Co. / ROSSLYN, VA.
arlington_02 book # 52
These are 9.5" light-amber lady-leg crown tops. The left bottle is embossed:
shoulder: ARLINGTON BREWING CO. / CAPACITY / 12 1/2 OZ /ROSSLYN, VA.
rear along the base: C. C. CO 931 A
The right bottle is embossed:
shoulder: ARLINGTON BREWING CO. / ROSSLYN, VA.
rear along the base: C. C. CO 931 A



Bottles (Cherry Smash):
csmash This is a Cherry Smash jug. Cherry Smash took over the brewery during prohibition years.
label: CHERRY / SMASH / READY TO USE / CHERRY FLAVORED / FOUNTAIN SYRUP / ... / MANUFACTURED BY / CHERRY SMASH / ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA / SINCE 1901
csmash_02 This is another Cherry Smash jug, embossed "ONE GALLON", with the following label:
label: CHERRY SMASH / READY TO USE / CHERRY FLAVORED / FOUNTAIN SYRUP / ... / DISTRIBUTED BY / ROSSLYN STATION CHERRY SMASH ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA
csmash_04 This is a textured, amber jug, embossed on both sides with "ONE GALLON". It also has a line with an arrow pointing to it, presumably where the one-gallon mark is. The label is the same as the one on the bottle above:
label: CHERRY SMASH / READY TO USE / CHERRY FLAVORED / FOUNTAIN SYRUP / ... / DISTRIBUTED BY / ROSSLYN STATION CHERRY SMASH ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA
csmash_05 book # 137
I suspect this bottle doesn't belong with the label. The label is similar to the labels on the gallon jugs above. But the embossing on the bottle says: "5 / Five * Points / REG U.S. PAT OFF". There was an area of Arlington called "Five Points", but I don't beleive there was ever bottling plant there. The label of this bottle says:
label: CHERRY SMASH / A BLEND OF CHERRY AND / OTHER TRUE FRUIT FLAVORS / ... ROSSLYN STATION CHERRY SMASH ARLINGTON, VA.
csmash_03 book # 134
This is a cherry smash soda bottle. I don't know if it was made in the Rosslyn facility, but it does say Arlington VA. It is a 9.6" clear bottle with white ACL label marked:
front: CHERRY SMASH / A True fruit blend / CHERRY SMASH / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR, / CHERRY AND OTHER NATURAL FLAVORS, / CITRIC ACID, ADDED ARTIFICIAL / FOOD COLOR, 1/20 of 1% SODIUM / BENZOATE / 10 FL. OZ.
back: CHERRY SMASH / A True fruit blend / A / DELICIOUS / DRINK / FRANCHISED BY / CHERRY SMASH CO., INC. / ARLINGTON, VA., U.S.A.
../rockcreek/rock_creek_32 book # 591-(unlisted)
This bottle is listed in my Rock Creek bottle page, but shown again here. It is a stipled, clear 11" crown-top bottle embossed:
around shoulder: ROCK CREEK
base: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / WASH. D.C.
top label: CHERRY SMASH / DELICIOUS WITH ICE CREAM
lower label: CHERRY / SMASH / CONTENTS 1 PT 8 FL. OZS. / CONTAINS WATER, SUGAR, CHERRY EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, ESSENTIAL OILS, CITROL (ARTIFICIAL) / AND ARTIFICUAL FOOD COLOR. PRESERVED WITH LESS THAN 1/10 OF 1% SODIUM BENZOATE
lower label on the left side: BOTTLED BY / ROCK CREEK BEVERAGES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
lower label on the right side: BY SPECIAL AUTHORITY OF / CHERRY SMASH OF ARLINGTON, VA.


Other items:
csmash_06 This is a label. It says:
CHERRY SMASH / TRADE MARK REG. U.S. PATENT OFFICE / CARBONATED BEVERAGE / ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, COLOR AND FRUIT ACID ADDED / BOTTLED BY AUTHORITY OF / JOHN E. FOWLER, ROSSLYN ON THE POTOMAC, VA. / MINIMUM CONTENTS 12 FLUID OUNCES / "OUR NATION'S BEVERAGE"
letter This is a letter that is postmarked 1941. It has "JOHN E. FOWLER / ROSSLYN, VIRGINIA" on the top, and a picture of the "FOWLER BUILDING" on the bottom.
fowler_01 (front) fowler_02 (rear) This is a letter that is postmarked 1935. It says:
Fowler's / SMASH / "OUR NATIONS BEVERAGE"/ ROSSLYN-ON-THE-POTOMAC, VA.
on the front, and a picture of the "FOWLER BUILDING" (former brewery) on the back.
rc_cherry_smash_01 Rock Creek must have bottled Cherry Smash soda at one point. This white cap with red & blue letters says:
top: CHERRY / SMASH
edge: ROCK CREEK BEVERAGES WASHINGTON, D.C.
other edge: CARBONATED WATER, SUGAR, CHERRY EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, ESSENTIAL OILS, CITROL (ARTIFICIAL) / AND ARTIFICIAL FOOD COLOR PRESERVED WITH LESS THAN 1% SODIUM BENZOATE


1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 American Breweries II by Dale P. Van Wieren



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