Welcome to the USSR! This web-site is dedicated to a particular relic of a bygone era: the crown cap as it existed in the Soviet Union. Many people associate things such as crown caps as a throw-away item, but there are others who regard them not as something disposed of but as a treasure to be collected – and collected with the kind of manic devotion seen in this website!
Shot from the popular movie "Mimino" (Mosfilm Film Company, 1977)
What is the phenomenon of the "Soviet crown cap"? What is the difference between Soviet caps and other caps? First of all, although the design of these caps was the same as modern caps, with 21 teeth, most of the caps produced in the U.S.S.R. before the 1970s were made of aluminum. Because aluminum is resistant to corrosion, plenty of variations of these types of crowns have survived in good condition. Secondly, many of the variations reflect the fact that the Soviet caps often show a day printed on them that corresponds to the calendar; this day was the date of production. Because the storage life of beer was short, just three days, it was sufficient to put on the cap only the day, with no month or year. In theory, then, there could be up to thirty-one variations of a particular cap.
This makes the Soviet cap a special – and quite interesting – topic. Now we have a website where I and others will be able to show the results of our research into which caps exist. Already we have made a good beginning, but there is much more to do!
Visiting the St. Petersburg brewing musem
I have been to St. Pitersburg couple of weeks ago. Visited nice small museum of Heineken Russia. It's located in one of the historical buildings of Stepan Razin Brewery. Galina Klyarovskaya, museum's manager, showed me and a couple of other visitors many interesting things, told us a lot about various brewing epochs.
Because of my collection storage method change, I decided rescan all my Soviet caps. If you want to know why I processed storage method read the article on Russian. Hundreds of pictures have been updated!
For a month long I worked on resolving various issues with this resource. Many of the issues demanded attention, but I didn't find time and courage to get rid of. Anyways, I've made some new features, and here is a list of most interesting of them.
- Aluminum crown caps searching with a metal detector
- Soda water in the USSR
- Milk caps in RSFSR* and USSR
- Visit caps from Nickolay Fedorov
- Moscow Interrepublican Winery in the USSR
- Restoration of aluminum caps
- Description of an ordinary embossed cap