By Samantha Grillo @_samanthagrillo
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Videographer / Director: Ruaridh Connellan
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The obsessive collector has accumulated more than 87,000 beer cans over the course of 40 years.
His inn, located in York Haven, Pennsylvania, displays vintage beer cans, antique bottles, porcelain signs and brewery memorabilia on nearly every inch of wall space.
Jeff, 53, believes his collection is the largest collection in the world.
He said: “It took me about two years to complete Brewhouse Mountain but I say complete in quotations because it’s never really finished - it’s sort of an ongoing labour of love.
“I like being able to preserve social history in a way, especially these kinds of items because they were produced to be thrown away."
Jeff started collecting cans when he was just a teenager - a hobby that followed him to adulthood.
He said: “I started collecting when I was about 13-years-old - it was a fad in the United States.
“My dad was also working for the American Can Company which was the first can company in the world to patent beer cans back in 1935.
“It was always sort of a dream of mine to have a place to be able to display the whole collection.”
Over the course of 40 years Jeff traded with other collectors and bought entire collections from people who retired from the hobby.
“I actually traded with a guy in Sweden who was my age and we’re pen pals and to this day I have not met this guy.
“He would send me 100 cans at a time and I would send him 100 back and all these years later he and I are still trading.”
But Jeff’s love for the cans is not shared by his wife, Lauri.
Lauri said: “I am not all that interested in the beer cans but I do like the house and spending time there.
“If I were to ever get trapped in one of hims rooms with all the cans, before I could actually take an interest in looking at the cans for mental stimulation I’d probably chew my own arm off.
“But it’s his love, I love my husband and I like to indulge in his passions.
“We’ve made it work for ourselves and our lifestyle - we’re now renting it out as an Inn and it is amazing to see the people who have come to stay here who are fascinated by this.”
But while Jeff insists he will never sell his entire collection, he plans to use it to finance a new project he is working on.
Jeff said: “I began selling certain cans out of the collection because my wife and I found a beautiful piece of ocean view property in Costa Rica we decided to buy.
“We are actually converting it into an eco resort as we speak and we’re hoping in about three years or so we’ll be opened for business.
“I don’t ever anticipate selling the whole collection - it’s actually really hard selling any of it because I worked really hard to build it.”