First, brewers could better promote their company by utilizing all sides of the container for marketing purposes.
Second, a beer can weighs less than a beer bottle. This simple fact alone expedited shipping, enabled more efficient storage methods, and—most importantly for later collectors—made beer cans disposable.
Because the earliest beer cans were easily discarded, the value of collectible beer cans today is surprisingly high. Indeed, the rarest of beer cans are few and far between and possess resale values reaching up to $150.
You can find a number of historical beer cans on display, such as the homage to western-themed breweriana—a term that encompasses a wide range of items relating to beer and brewing—at the Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City.
If you find yourself longing for a taste of the past, but a little closer to home...then stop by The Hangar Tavern for the sake of nostalgia. We’ve got plenty of beer cans with your name on em!