10 Amazing Beer Trucks that do more than Deliver Suds
For those who enjoy beer and trucks
Updated October 3, 2018
It’s simple… beer trucks get the elixir to the masses. We can’t all live at the tasting room at the brewery, although I’m sure a few have tried. There are two types of beer trucks — one delivers beer by the keg or bottle to your local beer vending establishment, and then there’s the beer trucks that are fitted out to service as mobile bars with pressurized draft beer systems. We have a little of both for you here.
Steam Whistle 1956 Dodge Fargo
Toronto-based Steam Whistle Brewing has a fleet of hot-rodded vintage suds-haulers in its garages. Brightly painted and bubbling with character, the 11 different vans — which cover a spread of about 20 years — travel across Canada According to the brewery. “Every one of ’em is a workhorse; every one’s a one-truck parade.” This particular 1956 Dodge Fargo may have originally been used for postal or other delivery services. It’s likely you’ve never seen one before as they were only produced from 1956 to 1958, and only 800 were constructed in that period.
“Bars @ Yours” Fire Command Center
The Manchester UK-based mobile bar company founded by Charlotte George and Kyle Divilly, Bars@Yours, have converted an old fire and rescue command center into a mobile bar that can be rented out for parties and events at sites that don’t have service. The finished vehicle boasts a 12-foot long bar with club lighting, a draft beer system, a sound system, several refrigerators, and a siren (of course).
Labatts 1935 Delivery Truck
Looking to increase brand awareness as well as marketing share in 1935, Labatt directed famed industrial designer, Count Sakhnoffsky, to produce a vehicle that could both move quantities of beer around and as well as promote the Labatt brand. Taking a standard white single-axle tractor and 20-foot Fruehauf trailer, Sakhnoffsky crafted an aluminum-skinned body stretched over a wooden frame. Of the 13 beer trucks produced one has been restored and remains in Canada. The other is undergoing restoration in California. The whereabouts of the remaining 11 are unknown.
Worthington Brewery Bottle Car
This is one of five bottle cars designed by the Worthington Brewery in the early 1920s. They were built on the sturdy Daimler TL30 30 chassis. In 1927, Worthington merged with Bass, and they continued to use their bottle cars to promote both brands. These curious vehicles crisscrossed England’s roads for nearly 50 years. They were initially powered by 30 horsepower six-cylinder Knight sleeve-valve engines. But after thousands of miles of wear and a lack of spare parts, they were eventually replaced by Bedford engines. Daimler’s Bottle Cars continued to promote the Bass-Worthington Brewery until 1958.
Coors Light Silver Bullet Train
The Silver Bullet Train weighs in at 38,000 pounds and was created by combining a stretch tractor chassis with a pup trailer. The two trailer boxes are fitted with sheet metal to mimic the curvature of the Silver Bullet Train seen on television. The first “car” of the Silver Bullet Train is a mobile brewery tour containing displays and large flat screen televisions to educate consumers about Coors. The second “car” is home to the Coors Light Lounge. You enter the Lounge via an ice archway, and once inside you have the opportunity to play football and racing interactive games on Sony game systems while relax in the cool environment.
1950s Tempo Matador Beer Delivery Truck
Tempo was a German automaker based in Hamburg. In 1949, Tempo introduced the Matador, which remained under production until 1967. The first generation Matador, of which our Warsteiner Bier truck is an example, were built between 1949 and 1952. A total of 1,362 were produced. The early models used a 25 horsepower Volkswagen engine and ZF gearbox in a mid-engine FWD configuration. VW cancelled their contract with Tempo in 1952 as they perceived the Matador as a competitor to their own Type 2 van.
Chicago Brewing Company 1937 2.5 Ton Ford Truck
Located in Las Vegas and not Chicago, this brewery built a hot rod truck to distribute their brew to thirsty event-goers. This beer truck started as a 1937 2.5 Ton Ford, but everything under was replaced by a modified ’86 Chevrolet chassis and running gear. The motor is a 502 Chevy with a 750 cfm carburetor, blowing out through a custom exhaust. Even more important, it houses a tap system capable of pouring a total of ten different draft beers.
Polish Beer Delivery Truck
Not much to find on this cool beer truck parked at the entrance to one of Warsaw’s largest beer halls. It appears to be the size of an older Toyota pickup truck. We speculate it was built in the immediate post WWII era, as there was pressure to build trucks first, cars later. What we do know for sure is that it was originally painted in Pilsner Urquell colors with logo, but now bears the name and logo of the restaurant whose entrance it guards.
1920s Amstel Delivery Fleet
Before the advantage of heat pasteurization and the widespread availability of refrigeration, beer had to be delivered fresh. Here’s the Amstel garage in Holland circa 1920s, trucks at the ready to get beer out to their customers. An interesting mix of internal combustion engine powered beer trucks (radiator) and the popular electric delivery trucks (no radiator).
Bushy’s Isle of Man Ale Beer Bottle Car
It isn’t difficult to recognize the Citroen 2CV underpinnings on this promotional vehicle for an Isle of Man brewery. You’re probably most familiar with the annual motorcycle and sidecar races that take place on the island each year. Commemorating the even with the logo of the side of the rolling bottle. What we wonder is where’s the builder source the windshield door. They’re both decidedly not Citroen OEM parts. A small aircraft?
There’s our overview of the most fascinating beer trucks and bottle cars that we could find. Have any additional information on these vehicles? Know of any beer trucks or bottle cars we missed? Let us know!
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