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Everything You Need to Know About Beer Cans

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While bottled beer remains the most popular in the market, beer cans are quite a novelty that brings a whole new experience in beer consumption.

Beer cans allow for easy drinking – just pull the tab and off you go; and they are also quite portable to carry around – no fear of bottle breaking and all.

Ever wondered when beer cans became a thing or how long they have existed in the market? There is a huge history surrounding the emergence of beer cans in the market.

History of Beer Cans

America is the birthplace of beer cans, and has been the breeding ground for cans for years now. Can beer did not come into the market until after the end of the Prohibition period in America.

Krueger’s Ale and Krueger’s Beer were the first canned beers sold. It was launched by brewer Gottfried Kreuger, of Newark, New Jersey on January 24, 1935. That date will later be known as the Beer Can Appreciation Day.

The success of the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company started in June of 1934, when four cans of beer were delivered to one thousand homes in the Richmond, Virginia area. Also, prior to this, a brewer in Montana had approached the American Can Company about canning beer in 1909.

By July 1935, Tru-Blue Beer and Ale appears in cans (made by National Can Company) becoming the second canning company to enter the market. This was followed by can beers by Pabst, Schiltz and Heekin, all within the same year.

The first non-American brewer to package beer in cans was the Welsh brewer Felinfoel, less than a year after Kreuger’s pioneering work, using cans supplied by Metal Box.

Early Problem with Cans

The first beer cans presented a huge challenge, especially for smaller breweries. Because they were flat-topped cans, they required a completely new packaging line. The problem was solved by Felinfoel who used bottle-shaped, or “cone top,” cans sealed with crown caps just like bottles. The cone-top cans were around till late-1960s.

In 1963, pull tab beer cans were introduced by Pittsburgh Brewing Company used the tabs on their iconic Iron City Beer and consumers loved them.

Because there were easily removable strips of metal, they became a whole new set of problems. Litterbugs seemed determined to scatter the sharp metal tabs everywhere. Pets and wild animals often choked on them and they cut swimmers’ feet at the beach.

In 1975, the first fixed tab beer can was introduced by Falls City Brewing Company of Louisville, KY. The design caught on has remained relatively unchanged since.

Modern Innovation and the Future

The standard-sized 16oz, or 440ml, can which is popular today was first introduced in Britain in the mid-1950s by Tennent’s.

The next major achievement in can  came in 1958, when the first aluminium can was produced by the Primo brewery in Hawaii. It was 1967 before the ring-pull made it to the UK. In 1990 came the stay-on ring-pull arrived.

However, the Holy Grail for canned beer is the innovation of the self-chilling can. Several prototypes have seen the light of day, but the cost of production remains a barrier to commercial production. Canadian brewer Labatts’s launched a can with an insulated shrinkwrap label to keep beer cooler for longer in 2005.

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Five Ways to Enjoy Your Beer Better

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Beer is arguably the most popular alcohol beverage in the world today. To prove that, there is hardly any bar you walk into that you won’t find a bottle of beer, except it exclusively does not deal in beer.

However, as popular as beer may be, many people are still at sea about how best to enjoy the refreshing beverage. A lot others fear that it will give them protruding tummies so they shy away from the frothed drink.

That notwithstanding, beer can be enjoyed and its refreshing taste maximised despite all the misconceptions surrounding it.

Here are 5 tips on how to best enjoy beer:

1.Go for the right brand

Never settle for less, go for what your taste craves – that is always the best beer for you. Note that there are different types of beer, each appealing to a different kind of palate. There are ales, ciders, lagers, stouts, bitters, wheat beer and craft beer – go for whichever one suits your style and taste.

2. Always use the right glass

Whether it is a mug, a pilsner glass, a pint, a goblet or a Weizen glass – always use the right glass for your beer. Ensure not to have your beer glass washed with soap as that takes the head off the beer and makes it sog. It is preferable to wash with only clean sponge and rinse with warm water.

3. Pair with food

Beer can be paired with food, just like wines and spirits. However, because it is a really filling drink, it is always best to pair it with a light meal. Most Nigerians love to pair their beer with barbecued fish or meat and there is no wrong in that. However, beer can also be paired with fried foods, and if your beer is sweet, go ahead and pair with grapes or cheeses.

4. Pour the right way

Because beer effervesces a lot, there is a certain technique to pouring it in order to have all the liquid in the glass. The technique involves a slow pouring with the glass held at a 45-degree angle to the bottle. When poured this way, you will have the beer stream down the mid section of the side of the glass, and allowing the head ( foamy stuff) to form slowly. By the time you are done pouring, the head should take up 1″ to 1-1/2″ of the glass.

Alternatively, you can try the double-pour method which is quite popular with Guinness stouts. It involves pouring the glass half-full such that the head takes up the remaining space. Wait for the head to dissipate a bit, then pour the remaining aiming for the head to take up 1″ to 1-1/2″ of the glass.

If poured hurriedly or wrongly, you will just end up having a drink with a ‘big head’ and ‘small body’; I’m sure most new beer drinkers have had that frothing experience.

5. Drink up – the right way.

Do not gulp! That is disrespectful to the drink. Take time to admire the beer in the bottle, the tiny bubbles floating upwards, and see if the head is foamy or creamy. Swirl the beer, just as you would a glass of wine, to release the flavours and take a whiff of the beer. Take a sip and allow it to ruminate in your mouth before swallowing – this allows you to feel the taste and flavour of the beer. Finally, drink up before it gets warm and stale.


  • All alcoholic drinks are diuretics, and are sure to leave you dehydrated after drinking, so it is best to drink water as you drink your beer for a better after-drink feeling.
  • Eat before you drink as this does not only slow down the effect of the alcohol on your system, but will also make you drink less as the beer is equally a filling drink.
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