On January 24, we celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day in remembrance of the historic, monumental, and thirst-quenching day beer was first sold in cans. Now canned beer just makes sense. Beer cans are easier to pack in a box or cooler. Advanced thermodynamics and quantum physics tells us beer cans are more efficient to pick up. But remember, fellow history buffs, it wasn’t always that way. If we don’t remember where we’re from, how will we know where we’re going? And wouldn’t we still be thirsty when we got there? Take a minute to think that one over while downing a cold one. Happy National Beer Can Appreciation Day!
National Beer Can Appreciation Day timeline
A New Jersey based brewery called Kruegers releases the beer can.
After a delay in production during World War II, canned beer became mainstream again.
The sales of canned beer exceed that of bottled beers for the first time.
Dale’s Pale Ale was the first beer to be hand-canned.
National Beer Can Appreciation Day Activities
Buy beer.... in cans
Doesn't matter to me where you buy your beer. It can be a beer your gran' pappy swears by or that ultra micro brew your best friend discovered. So long as it is a can 'cause on Beer Can Appreciation Day we drink from cans!
Marvel at those beautiful beer containers
When ready, remove a single can from packaging, hold it up to the sky and marvel at its majesty. Behold the labeling, the shape, the contours, and all those numbers stamped on the bottom.
Drink the nectar within
Now crack that bad boy and enjoy the flavor that has been kept air tight and far from the light that robs your beer of flavor. Enjoy the wonders of canned beer my friend. You may have earned that reward.
Why We Love National Beer Can Appreciation Day
Less time to chill
It's science. It takes less time to chill a can of beer than a bottle of beer. However, bottled beer stays colder longer. But that's what koozies are for, not to mention the Yeti Rambler Colster.
Easier to stack
Have you ever tried to stack beer bottles? Oh you have... How did that work out for you? Beer cans are easier to stack on shelves in the grocery store, or in your fridge, or in the garage, or any other place you might stack beer cans.
The advent of canned beer allowed US brewers to ship millions of cans of beer to soldiers overseas during World War II. Now canned beer can float a river, summit a mountain, and shred the gnar, all while staying pressurized, delicious and ready when you are. Can a bottle do that?
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