Types of Bottles

A narrow-necked container made of impermeable glass, plastic, or another material in various shapes and sizes that is used to store liquids and semiliquids and sealed with an internal or external stopper or closure. It may also be induction sealed (see below). Also called bottle, jug, or flask; sometimes referred to as a wine bottle, spirit bottle, or beer bottle in some countries.

The most popular type of bottle is a clear glass vessel that is usually narrower at the neck than at the base and with a flat top that is often decorated. Other types of bottles include colored or frosted glass containers; these typically have narrower necks than other containers and a more pronounced curved shoulder. Bottles can be produced in a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes; some have decoration on the body or neck; others have embossing.

Embossing – Raised lettering, designs, or graphics on the surface of a bottle formed by incising or engraving on the inside mold surfaces. See the Bottle Body & Mold Seams page for more information.

Neck – The portion of the neck where the cross-section of the body grows smaller to join the finish. The neck is shaped to accommodate a specific size of closure and may have a thread (see below). See the Bottle Necks page for more information.

Finish – The extreme upper surface of the neck (sometimes called the lip by some) and the rim. Traditionally the term neck has only been used to refer to the area of the finish extending to the brim of the bottle; however, some manufacturers use the term rim to refer to the entire finish – including the collar and lip – when describing a single-part or two-part finish. See the Bottle Finishes page for more information.

Heel – The lowest point of the bottle where the body (sidewall) curves down to the base. The heel may have a small recessed spot that serves as registration device for labeling and decorating equipment. It is common for the heel to have a stippled finish in the mold to mask scratches that may occur during handling. See the Bottle Bases page for more information.

Most television episodes revolve around moving the plot forward and keeping the audience invested. Bottle episodes offer a break from this formula by slowing down and forcing the characters to confront their issues in one location. They can be powerful, thought-provoking episodes that take the viewer out of their comfort zone – and can often be the most memorable of the season. Here are a few examples from some of our favorite shows.