Privacy Policy

Below you will find the details of the privacy-related features on Bottle Makes Three. We believe that this information will give you visibility and control over the data you share with us.

Who We Are

Hello! We are Jeff and Chris Estes, founders of (“Bottle Makes Three.”) Our blog is about sharing our adventures, and providing you news and information about craft beer, spirits, and more. While we may like to share details about ourselves with you, it’s our policy to respect your privacy when you visit our site.

Our website address is:

Our website is built using WordPress and incorporates various themes and plugins to deliver our content. Below you can find details about each of the individual resources that we utilize on Bottle Makes Three, with details about what information may be collected when you visit our site and how and why this information is collected.

If you have questions or concerns about our site or this privacy policy you can contact us directly at or

What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It

Like most website operators, Bottle Makes Three collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Our purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how our visitors use its website. Additionally, personal data may be created based on your interaction with this site, or it may be generated from technical processes such as contact forms, comments, cookies, analytics, and third-party embeds.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Photos uploaded by Bottle Makes Three may contain embedded location data (EXIF GPS), as well as other metadata, such as copyright, ownership, and other details. If there is a photo on our site with embedded metadata and you would like the EXIF GPS or other metadata removed for privacy purposes, please contact us at [email-obfuscate email=””] so that we may accommodate your request.

Contact forms

When you reach out to us using a contact form on Bottle Makes Three, the contact form submission data – IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message -is submitted to the Akismet service for the sole purpose of spam checking. The Askimet service privacy policy is available here:

The contact form submission data is stored in the Bottle database, and the data is emailed directly to Bottle Makes Three at [email-obfuscate email=””]. This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message. Emails are typically kept for up to six months for customer service purposes. We do not use the submitted information for marketing purposes.


When sharing content via email directly from the Bottle Makes Three site, the following information is used: sharing party’s name and email address (if the user is logged in, this information will be pulled directly from their account), IP address (for spam checking), user agent (for spam checking), and email body/content. This content will be sent to Akismet so that a spam check can be performed. The Askimet service privacy policy is available here:


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Cookies are also used to analyze user activity on our website. More details on these cookies can be found in the “Site stats and analytics” section below.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Newsletter Subscriptions

To initiate and process subscriptions for Bottle Makes Three posts we collect the subscriber’s email address. When a new subscription is initiated, the IP address from which the subscriber is viewing the page is shared with reCAPTCHA (by Google) to help prevent spam. You can find Google’s privacy policy at

If you have signed up for our newsletter you may receive emails from us. This includes but not limited to transactional emails and marketing emails. We’ll only send emails which you have explicitly or implicitly signed up to. On signup we collect your email address, your name and the current web address were you sign up.  Once you get an email from us we track if you open the email in your email client, if you click a link in the email. We respect your browsers “Do Not Track” feature which means we do not track your interaction with our emails.

We send our emails via SMTP host SendGrid is a third-party, cloud-based SMTP provider. SendGrid’s privacy policy can be found here:

Site stats and analytics

We use cookies to analyze user activity in order to improve the content on Bottle Makes Three. For example, by using cookies we can look at aggregate patterns to determine what articles are most popular so we can continue to create similar stories. We use this analysis to gain insights about how to improve the functionality and experience of the website. From time to time, Bottle Makes Three may share non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, by reporting on website trends or by sharing our total number of monthly visitors.

Bottle Makes Three utilizes the Jetpack plugin operated by Automattic to provide site statistics. Jetpack’s privacy policy is available here: To create these statistics Jetpack collects the following: IP address, user ID (if logged in), username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code. Stat logs containing visitor IP addresses and usernames (if available) are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature. As the owners of Bottle Makes Three, we do not have access to the detailed user information being collected. For example, we can see that a specific post has 285 views, but we cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post.

Another tool we use to provide analytical data is Google Analytics. As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics may record information about the page a user has seen, for example, the URL of the page. The Google Analytics JavaScript libraries uses cookies to remember a user’s previous interactions with a website. Data that Google Analytics receives that is associated with cookies, user identifiers, or advertising identifiers is retained by Google for 14 months. You can find more details about the type of data that Google may collect in Google’s privacy policy at

Site Security

The IP address of visitors, user ID of logged in users, and username of login attempts are conditionally logged to check for malicious activity and to protect the site from specific kinds of attacks. Examples of conditions when logging occurs include login attempts, log out requests, requests for suspicious URLs, changes to site content, and password updates. This information is retained for 14 days.


Advertisements appearing on Bottle Makes Three may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Bottle Makes Three and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Google Web Fonts

For uniform representation of fonts, this page uses web fonts provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly. For this purpose, your browser has to establish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our plugin. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your computer.

Further information about handling user data, can be found at and in Google’s privacy policy at


Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited. If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account. YouTube is used to help make our plugin appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under


Our website includes plugins for the social network Facebook, Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. For an overview of Facebook plugins, see

When you visit our site, a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server is established via the plugin. This enables Facebook to receive information that you have visited our site from your IP address. If you click on the Facebook “Like button” while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our site to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate visits to our site with your user account. Please note that, as the operator of this site, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted to Facebook or of how Facebook uses these data. For more information, please see Facebook’s privacy policy at

If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit to our site with your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.


Functions of the Twitter service have been integrated into our website and app. These features are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the “Retweet” function, the websites you visit are connected to your Twitter account and made known to other users. In doing so, data will also be transferred to Twitter. We would like to point out that, as the provider of these pages, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted or how it will be used by Twitter. For more information on Twitter’s privacy policy, please go to

Your privacy preferences with Twitter can be modified in your account settings at


Our website contains functions of the Instagram service. These functions are offered by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.

If you are logged into your Instagram account, you can click the Instagram button to link the content of our pages with your Instagram profile. This means that Instagram can associate visits to our pages with your user account. As the provider of this website, we expressly point out that we receive no information on the content of the transmitted data or its use by Instagram.

For more information, see the Instagram Privacy Policy:

Who We Share Your Data With

We may share information about you with third-party vendors who need this information in order to provide their services to us, our site, or to you. This group includes companies that help us provide you with services, such as email subscriptions, online comments, sharing, etc. Details on these relationships and the privacy policies for these vendors is outlined in our data collection policies in the “What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It” section above.

This site is scanned for potential malware and vulnerabilities by Sucuri’s SiteCheck. We do not send personal information to Sucuri; however, Sucuri could find personal information posted publicly (such as in comments) during their scan. For more details, please see Sucuri’s privacy policy.

Where We Send Your Data

Depending on your interaction with our website, Bottle Makes Three may send your data to third-party vendors. Additional details on the vendors that may be sent your data and the privacy policies for these vendors is outlined in our data collection policies in the “What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It” section above.

Visitor comments, contact form submissions and request to share posts via email may be checked through an automated spam detection service. We use Akismet for the sole purpose of spam checking. The Askimet service privacy policy is available here:

When a visitor leaves a comment or when a user registers for this site, an anonymized string created from their email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if they are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:

This site is part of a network of sites that protect against distributed brute force attacks. To enable this protection, the IP address of visitors attempting to log into the site is shared with a service provided by For privacy policy details, please see the iThemes Privacy Policy.

When a newsletter subscription request is initiated, the IP address from which the subscriber is viewing the page is shared with reCAPTCHA (by Google) to help prevent spam. You can find Google’s privacy policy at

How Long We Retain Your Data

We generally discard information about you when we no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it, which is described in the “What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It” section above.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

For Bottle Makes Three email subscribers, we store the email address provided for the subscription while your subscription is active. Subscribers can see, edit or delete this information at any time. Website administrators can view, edit and delete this information. We use a two-step authentication process to confirm email subscriptions. Email addresses for subscribers who sign up on our website but never complete the second step to confirm their subscription via email are deleted within 60 days.

For users that register on our website, we store the personal information that is provided in their user profile for as long as the account is active. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information. Users accounts that are inactive are deleted after one year.

Security logs are retained for 14 days.

Your Rights Over Your Data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

To submit a request about your data, contact [email-obfuscate email=””].

Additional Information

How we protect your data

Bottle Makes Three utilizes several security measures to ensure the security of your data. We utilize security software that provides local and network brute force protection. Access to your information is limited to registered Editors and Administrators on our site. We require strong passwords and two-factor authentication for user login.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Should a data breach (or potential data breach) occur on Bottle Makes Three, any users, subscribers, and commenters who have information stored on our site will be notified within 24 hours from when we learn of the breach (or potential breach.)

How To Reach Usf

For any privacy-specific questions or concerns contact Chris Estes at or visit our Contact Us page for additional ways to reach us.