Northwestern Bottling Works /
John Schlueter


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  John H Schlueter, 1601 5th street NW (1890-1907)
  Northwestern Bottling Co, 1601 5th street NW (1908-1914)
  Northwestern Bottling Works, 1601 5th street NW (1915-1922)
  Northwestern Bottling Co, 1601 5th street NW (1923-1934)
  Gridiron Club Beverages, 1601 5th street NW (1936-1941)

Notes:
John H Schlueter (born 1865 in South Carolina2) ran a bottling company at 1601 5th Street. The name became "Northwestern Bottling Co" starting with the 1908 directory. The company stayed there until 1934.
In 1902, Schlueter was listed as a bottler & wholesale Liquor dealer, with an Estimated Pecuniary Strength of $3000-$5000, and a credit rating of "fair"3.
There is an advertisement below that indicates Northwestern bottling company bottled beer for the Abner-Drury brewery. That is supported by a bottle I've seen in a friend's collection that is embossed with NORTHWESTERN BOTTLING COMPANY but has an Abner-Drury label on it.
The address 1601 5th NW shows up as "Gridiron Club Beverages" from 1936-1941. In the 1948 and 1951 directories it was listed as Barq's Bottling Co.


Bottles:

northwestern_01 book # 436
This is a 6.7" aqua Hutchinson embossed:
round slug plate: THE NORTHWESTERN BOTTLING WORKS / 1601 5TH ST. N.W. / J.H. SCHLUETER / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back: REGISTERED NOT TO BE SOLD
northwestern_14 book # 436
These are the same as the bottle above, except the left bottle is a different color (clear), and the right bottle has a different shaped top. They're both 6.75" hutchensons embossed:
round slug plate: THE NORTHWESTERN BOTTLING WORKS / 1601 5TH ST. N.W. / J.H. SCHLUETER / WASHINGTON, D.C.
heel below slug plate: A G W L
back: REGISTERED / NOT TO BE SOLD
northwestern_02 book # 437
This is a 9.1" aqua baltimore loop (with metal stopper) embossed:
oval slug plate: THE NORTHWESTERN BOTTLING WORKS / 1601 5TH ST. N.W. / J.H. SCHLUETER / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back: REGISTERED / NOT TO BE SOLD
northwestern_03 book # 438
This is a 9.4" aqua blob top (with porcelain stopper) embossed:
front in slanted script: THE NORTHWESTERN / BOTTLING WKS / J.H. SCHLUETER Prop.
back: REGISTERED
northwestern_13 book # 439
This bottle seems to have the same slug-plate as the baltimore-loop top bottle 2 rows above. It's a 9.0" aqua crown top embossed:
oval slug plate: THE NORTHWESTERN BOTTLING WORKS / 1601 5TH ST. N.W. / J.H. SCHLUETER / WASHINGTON D.C.
back: REGISTERED / NOT TO BE SOLD
northwestern_04 book # 439
These 2 bottles have a similar slug-plate. The one on the left is an 8.3" clear crown top embossed:
round slug plate: THE NORTHWESTERN / BOTTLING WORKS / 1601 / 5TH ST. N.W. / J.H. SCHLUETER / WASHINGTON / D.C.
back: THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE SOLD
base: O D
The one on the right is an 8" aqua crown top embossed:
round slug plate: THE NORTHWESTERN / BOTTLING WORKS / 1601 / 5TH ST. N.W. / J.H. SCHLUETER / WASHINGTON / D.C.
back: THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE SOLD / C&CO 22
northwestern_06 book # 439
This is similar to the bottles above, but it has an oval shaped slug plate. It's an 8.0" SCA crown top embossed:
oval slug plate: THE NORTHWESTERN / BOTTLING / WORKS / 1601 5TH ST. N.W. / J.H. SCHLUETER / WASHINGTON D.C.
below slug plate: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
back: REGISTERED
northwestern_05 book # 439
This is an 8.2" aqua crown top with an extended neck, embossed:
round slug plate: THE NORTHWESTERN BOTTLING WORKS / 1601 5TH ST. N.W. / J.H. SCHLUETER / WASHINGTON D.C.
back: REGISTERED NOT TO BE SOLD
northwestern_07 book # 440
This is a 9.7" aqua crown top embossed:
front in slanted script: The Northwestern / Bottling W'Ks / J.H. Schlueter Prop.
back: REGISTERED
northwestern_10 book # 441
These are 9.3" sun-colored-amethyst crown tops with slightly different shaped necks. Both are embossed:
oval slug plate: THE NORTHWESTERN BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON, D.C. / 1907
northwestern_11 book # 441
This is similar to the bottles above, but amber colored. It's 9.3", embossed:
oval slug plate: THE NORTHWESTERN BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON, D.C. / 1907
back: REGISTERED / NOT TO BE SOLD
northwestern_09 book # 442
This is an 8.5" clear crown top embossed:
shoulder: N B Co
oval pattern: NORTHWESTERN / BOTTLING CO / 1601 5TH ST. N.W. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
below oval pattern: / REGISTERED / THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE SOLD
northwestern_12 book # 444
These are 9.4" lady-leg crown top bottles. Left is amber, right is aqua. Left one is embossed:
front: THE NORTHWESTERN BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON / D.C. / REGISTERED / THIS BOTTLE / IS NEVER SOLD
base: 20
Right one is embossed:
front: THE NORTHWESTERN BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON / D.C. / REGISTERED / THIS BOTTLE / IS NEVER SOLD
back: CG CO 656
northwestern_08 book # 445
These are clear machine-made crown top bottles. The difference between the two is the size (left is 8.5" embossed "7 FL. OZ.", right is 8.25" embossed "6 1/2 FL. OZ."). They are embossed:
front shoulder: NORTH WESTERN BOTTLING CO
front near the base: REGISTERED
back shoulder: WASHINGTON, D.C.
back near the base: CONTENTS 7 FL. OZ.




These bottles don't say "NORTHWESTERN" on them:
schlueter_3 book # 627
These bottles are 9.5" BIM crown tops with a picture of a flag embossed on them. The one on the left is aqua and is embossed:
front: JOHN H. SCHLUETER / BOTTLER / 1601 5TH / STREET / N.W. / NOT TO BE SOLD / REGISTERED
back: C. & Co
The right is sun colored amethyst embossed:
front: JOHN H. SCHLUETER / BOTTLER / 1601 5TH / STREET / N.W. / NOT TO BE SOLD / REGISTERED
base: B R S CO
schlueter2 book # 628
This is a 7" clear hutchinson (w/ stopper) embossed:
tombstone slug plate: J.H. SCHLUETER / 1601 / 5TH ST. N.W. / WASH. D.C.
schlueter_15 book # 629
These are both 9.5" BIM SCA/clear crown tops. The difference is that the one on the left has Schlueter's name spelled wrong ('eu' vs. 'ue'). The one on the right has the correct spelling. There's roughness around the 'ue' on the one with the correct spelling, so I suspect that the bottle mold was modified to fix the spelling. They are embossed:
front (left bottle): J. H. Schleuter / NO-1601-FIFTH ST. N.W. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
front (right bottle): J. H. Schlueter / NO-1601-FIFTH ST. N.W. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back: REGISTERED
schlitz_compare This shows one of the bottles above next to a Schlitz bottle. Do you think maybe Mr. Schlueter was trying to confuse his customers into thinking they were buying Schlitz?
schlueter_05 book # 631
This is a 8.25" SCA BIM crown top, embossed:
front shoulder: J. H. SCHLUETER
front heel: REGISTERED 1914
back shoulder: N B Co (monogram)


Other Items:
stopper_01 This is a porcelain stopper. It is marked with red letters in a black circle:
"J.H. SCHLUETER / 1601-5th, St. N.W. / WASH. D.C.
ad_from_1909 This is an advertisement from the "Hunter's Official Guide to Washington, 1909". It shows that Abner-Drury beer was bottled by the Northwestern Bottling Co.



Gridiron Beverage Co. Items:
gridiron_01 This is an orange, white and brown label for Hildebrandt's 3-2 Near Beer. It says:
label: Hildebrandt's 3-2 / 12 FLUID OUNCES / DELICIOUS / NEAR BEER / MADE FROM THE CHOICEST MALT AND HOPS AND / BOTTLED UNDER THE MOST SANITARY CONDITIONS. / CONTAINS 1/2 of 1% BENZOIC ACID / GRIDIRON CLUB BEVERAGE CO . / WASHINGTON, D.C. / DOES NOT CONTAIN MORE THAN / 1/2 of 1% ALCHOHOL BY VOLUME.
I have to wonder (since this is a 'near beer') if the Gridiron Club Beverage company was in operation during prohibition - but I can't find any evidence of that.


1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 U.S. Census for the year 1920
3 Merchants, Tradesmen And Manufacturers Financial Condition for the District of Columbia 1902, reprinted by Jan & Naomi McPeek



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