Quirky col­lec­tion of tiny tip­ples

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Talitha Wolfe

The ob­ses­sion be­gan in Kar­ratha in 1980 when Albany man Al­lan Grainger was given sev­eral minia­ture al­co­hol bot­tles.

Since then, his col­lec­tion has grown to more than 500 bot­tles of whisky, scotch, vodka, gin and more liqueur flavours than anyone could ever need. “We went around to this lady’s place — a cus­tomer of ours — and she had this wall full of them,” he said.

“She gave me some and from then on I went.

“When I started, I couldn’t stop. “We use to go to all the ho­tels and all the bot­tle shops and buy them.

“Ev­ery­where I went, no mat­ter where, if it was a pub I’d go in and have a look.” The col­lec­tion — which fills two ceil­ing-high cup­boards, with more stored in the back shed — has been gath­ered from across the na­tion, with some items col­lected from in­ter­na­tional ships docked on Aus­tralian land.

“I went for whiskies and then for brandies and all that sort of thing, just what­ever was avail­able at the time,” Mr Grainger said.

How­ever, he said his passion for the 30-year col­lec­tion had dwin­dled and he en­ter­tained the thought of sell­ing it.

“I haven’t col­lected for ages, only be­cause I have nowhere to put them, so I’ve got to the stage where we’ve tried to ac­tu­ally sell them,” he said.

“Some­times I wished I had gone on but there’s not a lot around that are a great deal dif­fer­ent.”

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Al­lan Grainger has col­lected more than 500 minia­ture al­co­hol bot­tles over the past 30 years.

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