Introduction to Packaging - "BRI"ef: 101

-Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Meet your Account Coordinator BriHi! My name is Bri (pronounced Brie, like the cheese) and I’m the Account Coordinator at Packaging Options Direct. I am your go-to person for all things packaging. I'm always happy to assist customers in placing orders but my first priority is helping you understand packaging itself. So I have decided to put together a series of blog posts called “BRI”efs; which will cover all sorts of topics about your packaging needs.

Today’s “BRI”ef is a simple introduction to the world of packaging. Packaging comes in all shapes, styles, materials, finishes, colors and capacities; with just as many finishes. Over the next few articles, we will touch on all of those elements.  


Glass BottlesContainers are often placed into a category and then sub-categorized by shape and style. Categories are general terms such as drum, pail, tube, bottle, etc. They are very broad terms which do not provide much information. When helping you determine what kind of item you are looking for, I usually try to refer to the sub-category of an item.


Shape is a good place to start when trying to determine the look you want. Containers come in all shapes, the basic shapes being: round, square, oval and oblong. Other shapes, such as beveled, add to the many options available.


The Style of a container can vary from one manufacturer to another, but often it’s more the name than the actual style that is different; as different manufacturers tend to use fancy names for their versions of any particular style of bottles.  A good example of this is Imperial Rounds, Bullets and Cosmo Rounds. All three styles look the same, but are called different names depending on the maker.


Openings have two basic types: wide mouth and narrow mouth. The term wide mouth refers to any container which as opening roughly half of the diameter of the container or larger. An example would be a one gallon jar often used in pickling. The term narrow mouth describes a container whose opening is roughly one half the diameter of the container or smaller. Beer bottles, and Boston round bottles are perfect examples of containers with a narrow mouth.

Other options…

Materials, Finishes and Colors round out the major components of packaging and each have their own specific function on your packaging.

Product attributesAs you get to know more about the packaging you are looking for, you will be able to use that knowledge to streamline your search on the Packaging Options Direct website. You can use the search feature at the top of the website to look for any of the key attributes located in the diagram on the left, or you can find Material and Style listed in our product attributes key; which you can use to filter products on our site (as shown in the diagram to the right) to find exactly what you are looking for.Product Filters

I will be touching on each of these items individually or at least in smaller and more direct groupings, in my upcoming posts. Should you have any questions regarding packaging that I might be able to address in the blogs, please email me at and type BLOG TOPIC in the subject line. I’m excited to see what you want to learn about the wonderful world of packaging!

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Brewing Beer - Resource Guide, Best Practices & Great Finds

-Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Our team here at Packaging Options Direct has compiled the best beer bottling resources from across the internet. From start to finish, this is your guide on the best beer brewing tips, resources, supplies, equipment and more.

In the below video, Jeremy Frey of F.H. Steinbart Company shows you some of the ingredients that you are going to need to brew a good batch of beer. This video is great for the person getting started in home beer brewing and as a refresher for the beer brewing novice.  


Brewing Beer 101

A simple Google search on how to brew beer will result in 1,000’s of resources, The amount of information is overwhelming and there are many opinions on the best ingredients, equipment and best processes.

Here is a quick overview on the beer brewing process:

  1. Malted barley is soaked in hot water to release the malt sugars.

  2. The malt sugar solution is boiled with Hops for seasoning.

  3. The solution is cooled and yeast is added to begin fermentation.

  4. The yeast ferments the sugars, releasing CO2 and ethyl alcohol.

  5. When the main fermentation is complete, the beer is bottled and capped with a little bit of added sugar to provide the carbonation.

Beer Brewing Supplies and Equipment 

Click here to browse our Beer Bottle selectionBrewing beer for yourself, friends, family, events or for purchase is a creative process. Choosing where to buy and what portions of barley, wheat and hops can be a fun process. The good thing is there are a ton of great websites to find and experiment with these ingredients. To jump into the conversation and learn about rare hops, specialty malts and exotic yeasts, check out The HomeBrew Forum or Home Brew Talk.

Getting started is easy with a home beer brewing kit and there are many to choose from, depending on how much money you want to spend. For those more experienced, our friends at More Beer seemed to have a wide selection of parts, supplies and equipment.

We might be biased, although, having the best bottles and caps to show off your beer is important. Check out the selection of 12, 16, and 22 ounce classic longneck round amber glass beer bottles. At Packaging Options Direct, we have a full selection of beer bottles to showcase your beer.

Steps to Get Better at Brewing Beer

Brewing beer is an iterative process and listed below are three tips to get better:

1. Buy the right equipment.

2. Use the freshest ingredients.

3. Keep your work area clean and sanitize your equipment as best as you can.

The important part is...have fun!


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