Nowadays, it’s hard to find anything that isn’t made in China or another overseas country. Liberty Bottleworks is one of the last companies manufacturing metal bottles in the United States, and they intend to keep it that way.
More than 60 million plastic water bottles end up in landfills or incinerators every day, driving many consumers to reusable bottles. Aluminum is a popular choice because it is 100% recyclable and is one of the best insulation materials, so your drink stays hot or cold as long as possible.
With a focus on quality and durability, we tested their Straight Up Aluminum bottle. It’s important to know who you’re buying from as well, so we’ve done the research for you and compiled our findings here.
About Liberty Bottleworks
Liberty Bottleworks is much younger than many competitors in their industry, founded in 2010 by co-founders Ryan Clark and Tim Andis. They had two goals in mind: to make high-quality metal bottles and to keep 100% of their business in the United States.
They’re located in Union Gap, Washington, but their influence spans much further.
They provide local manufacturing jobs and hire local artists to place their designs on their Artist Collection bottles. Through their exclusive Karma Collection, Liberty Bottleworks donates a portion of their sales to partnered non-profits; they also donate any bottles with manufacturing imperfections to schools, homeless shelters, and charities.
Their flagship single-wall aluminum bottles are made in the United States from start-to-finish. Each bottle is made from 100% recyclable, locally sourced aluminum. They’re BPA free and consist of food-grade materials, so you won’t have to worry about any chemicals or odd tastes seeping into your water.
They stick true to their name, with patriotism at the forefront of Liberty Bottleworks’ ideals. They give preference to those who have served when hiring, and in 2012, estimated that 35% of their 50 employees were either active or retired military, which has no doubt increased over time.
1% of their overall sales go to charitable causes. This number is raised for specific, limited-time initiatives such as the Amazon Rainforest. Many artists’ collections are linked to causes around the world, so you can rest easy knowing that you’re not only helping the environment by choosing a reusable bottle but helping out others as well.
Their machines were custom made in the United States, and they source all of their materials parts here. The recycled aluminum comes from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the bottle caps from Colorado, and the cap outsets nearby from Yakima, Washington.
We recommend their Straight Up Aluminum bottle, which we tested prior to this review. The bottle is easy to open, but it has a watertight seal to prevent leaking thanks to the innovative lid design when closed. It’s built to be durable and last through years of heavy use.
When you think of stainless steel, plain silver finishes probably come to mind. This is where Liberty Bottleworks’ vast collection of artists come in; you can choose from hundreds of different designs and color finishes, or even pay a little extra for a custom engraving. For companies, Liberty Bottleworks offers unique branded bottles with orders starting at 72 bottles.
Their Freedom Collection features idealistic American designs such as Rosie the Riveter and the Gadsden flag and emphasizes their initiative to benefit their consumers and the country as a whole.
What We Like Best
One of the unique things we found while exploring Liberty Bottleworks’ website is their dedication to transparency. Complete with pictures, they have documented their manufacturing and finishing process, step by step:
- First, they shape a raw aluminum coil into cylinders using a hydraulic press. (This same process is used to manufacture military-grade rocket casings.)
- Next, the hydraulic press cuts a circle from the aluminum and shapes it into a cup. This cup is transferred to a station where it’s stretched into a cylinder, and the rough edges are smoothed out.
- The bottle body is trimmed to be the correct length and then goes through a machine that forms the neck. After, an aluminum alloy ring is pressed onto the top of the bottle.
- Bottles are thoroughly washed and prepped for coating and decorating.
- The inside of the bottles is lined with an FDA-approved, BPA-free powder coating. Excess powder is captured and reused.
- Bottles are baked and cured to set the coating.
- The outside is coated and then baked again in an infrared oven, saving a lot of energy compared to other methods.
- Printing, quality control, and assembly follow.
What We Don't Like
Liberty Bottleworks’ warranty doesn’t protect against damages through intense use, but they back up their products by owning up to any defects that occurred during production. We found that the bottles are easily dented during our testing, but don’t crack, thankfully.
To preserve the exterior powder coat and aluminum body, you should not place your Liberty bottle in the dishwasher. They recommend hand washing with dish soap and water as soon as you receive your bottle. For persistent odors, soak the bottle overnight with warm water and a spoonful of baking soda.
Unfortunately, due to double-wall stainless steel demand, Liberty Bottleworks imports their Venture line from overseas. They still try to keep as much labor as they can in the United States, though, and finish these bottles in their factory, complete with quality checks.
We applaud Liberty Bottleworks for being one of the last companies to manufacture metal bottles in the United States. They source all of their materials here, practice sustainable habits to help the environment, and hire many of those who have served.
Their single-wall aluminum bottles are made in Washington 100% from start-to-finish and are of excellent quality. They back up their work with a lifetime guarantee in case you run into any defects. We experienced some easy denting when testing out this bottle, but no cracking occurred, which means that you can rest easy knowing your hot beverage stays hot and cold water stays cold, free of any leaking.