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Beer Can Appreciation Day

Updated on February 12, 2014

Happy Beer Can Appreciation Day

January 24 marks a very important holiday - Beer Can Appreciation Day. On January 24, 1935 for the first time in history beer in a can was available for sale. For the very first time in history, ordinary people could keep large quantities of beer at home without worrying about it going flat or spoiling. Beer cans are truly one of mankind's greatest achievements. No one seems to know when the anniversary of this wonderful event became a holiday but we can all be thankful that it did. Beer Can Appreciation Day gives us the opportunity to enjoy beer and appreciate the many different cans it comes in. Enjoy this day by throwing back a few cold ones. Cheers!

Photo Credit: Glyn Baker under Creative Commons

The Annual, Original, Canned Beer Festival - August 24, 2013 at the Peppermill

2012 canned beer fest
2012 canned beer fest

If you're going to be in Reno on August 24, 2013 be sure to stop by the Peppermill for the Annual Canned Beer Festival. It's hosted by Mammoth Brewing Company and proceeds are used to support the Reno Bike Project. Drink some awesome beer and support a great cause at the same time:)

Did you know?

The first commercial attempt at making beer cans failed miserably...

In 1909, the American Can Company made the first attempt to can beer. Unfortunately, can technology of the time wasn't strong enough to contain the 80 psi or so required by canned beer.

A Brief History of Canned Beer - Without beer cans, there'd be no Beer Can Appreciation day...

Steel Reserve - my favorite canned beer
Steel Reserve - my favorite canned beer

1909 - American Can Company makes the first attempt at canned beer - and fails.

1932 - American Can Company tries again to make canned beer - and succeeds!!!

1935 - Pabst becomes the first major American brewery to offer canned beer.

1938 - For the first time, canned beer is sold in 6 Packs.

1958 - Aluminum beer cans are sold in the USA for the first time.

1962 - Iron City Beer tests the first pull tab beer cans.

1969 - Beer in cans outsells bottles for the first time in history.

1970 - Beer Can Collectors of America is founded.

The True Value of Beer Cans - Hint: it's in the contents and the memories....

Some people think beer cans are valuable in and of themselves. To me, the value is in the beer they contain and the memories of good beer or good times... I think this book gets it right. No offense intended to those who think their beer can collection is worth mega bucks...

Did you know?

The first canned beer in America went on sale January 24, 1935...

After the end of Prohibition, the American Can Company made another attempt to can beer. By this time, can technology had improved and by the end of 1933 they had a can that could withstand the pressure and had a special coating on the inside to prevent the beer from reacting with the tin can. The first canned beer went on sale January 24, 1935 in Richmond, Virginia. In honor of this historic event, January 24 is now celebrated as Beer Can Appreciation Day.

Beer & Tomato Juice
Beer & Tomato Juice
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 3 min
Yields: 1


  • Two (2) 12 oz. cans Steel Reserve beer
  • One (1) 6 oz. can Campbells Tomato Juice
  • One (1) 32 oz. capacity (or larger) beer mug


  1. Slowly pour one can of Steel Reserve into the beer mug. Be careful so you don't make the beer foam up and go flat. Add one can of tomato juice, again pouring slowly so the beer doesn't foam up. After adding the tomato juice, carefully add the second can of Steel Reserve. Relax and enjoy...
Cast your vote for Tomato Beer

Did you know?

No one seems to know the origins of Beer Can Appreciation Day...

Doing a Google search for Beer Can Appreciation Day returns over 2 million results - and none of them know the origin of this important holiday.

Did You Know?

Drinking beer in moderation is good for you...

A single 12 oz. serving of beer has 0 grams of fat, 0 cholesterol, and almost no carbohydrates.

Beer and Food in America - Beer really IS good for you...

Collecting Beer Cans - Start your own beer can collection today:)

old beer can collection
old beer can collection

Photo Credit: MNBeer under Creative Commons

Beer Cans - An American Tradition - Beer cans: as American as baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet...

A Day This Important Deserves Recognition... - Should Beer Can Appreciation Day be a National holiday?

Well, should it?

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What It Really Means...

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Benjamin Franklin

Please Sign My Guestbook - I hope you have a nice Beer Can Appreciation Day...

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    • Steph Tietjen profile image

      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Great lens, the history is so interesting. I thought beer had carbs--extra proof that "god loves us and wants us to be happy." Thanks

    • daedrea lm profile image

      daedrea lm 

      6 years ago

      loved this lens...I had no idea that there was such a day called beer can day. Now I can celebrate it next year. :)

    • PNWtravels profile image

      Vicki Green 

      6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I missed celebrating this holiday this year, but will certainly add it to my calendar for next. Thanks for the laughs - this is a great lens about Beer Can Appreciation Day. ~blessed

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      Forrest McKinnis 

      6 years ago from West Richland

      I love this lens topic and wish I would have thought about something like this myself. Thanks for sharing.

    • lbrummer profile image

      Loraine Brummer 

      6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I see we both picked this most important day in January. Very nice lens----it's good to have help drinking all that beer! Also some good excuses if we think we need them---excuses I mean.

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      Jeff Johnston 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Very nice lens.... and very enjoyable... I will make sure to celebrate the most important holiday.... Canadians such as myself take beer VERY seriously :D

    • sponias lm profile image

      sponias lm 

      6 years ago

      Beers are very nice, and cans are really practical. I will bless your interesting lens!

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      6 years ago

      Cool lens. It's not going to get me to force down Steel Reserve again but it was a fun read.

    • Rhidawn profile image


      6 years ago

      Im not a beer fan, but I do know lots of them. Great lens and info!


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