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The Can…Can? 5 Reasons to Drink Craft Beer out of a Can

Who Can? Beer Can!

It’s been exactly 83 years since beer first appeared in cans. Back on January 24, 1935, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company released cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale in Richmond, Virginia. These first beer cans were heavy steel (like a soup can) with a sealed, flat top that had to be punctured with a separate “churchkey” to create a large hole for drinking/pouring and a smaller one for air exchange.

In the mid-1950s, aluminum began to replace steel as the beverage can material of choice owing to its relatively light weight, resistance to rust and other beneficial factors. In the 1960s, a pull-style opening tab appeared on cans, eliminating the need for a churckkey or can opener. While certainly a convenient innovation, the pull-style tab had unintended consequences as the loose tabs become a widespread litter and choking hazard. In 1975, the pop-and-stay-style tab debuted and it remains the standard opening mechanism for aluminum cans around the world.

One of the most common claims in popular beer lore is that beer is superior when it comes out of a glass bottle compared to an aluminum can. This isn’t true. In fact, aluminum cans have several distinct advantages over glass when it comes to beer storage and conveyance.

After nearly 85 years, aluminum cans for beer aren’t going away any time soon. Thanks to their convenience, sustainable nature and brilliant beer-storing features, it’s clear that the beer can, well, can.