Beer Cans: A Short History

December 5, 2016   /   byArs Lexis  / Categories :  First Take

Beer CansWho would say no to a bottle (or can) or ice cold beer? The beverage has become a staple in most American homes. But how did that magnificent drink manage to sell itself and stand the test of time?Understand more about your beers, but for a change, know more about the outside than the inside.

Here are the types of beer containers:

  1. The good old bottle cap

Gone are the days when people would scramble to find the bottle opener to have a drink. Like any other liquid products in the 19th century, the very first commercial beer was put in a bottle sealed by a bottle cap.

  1. Flat top beer cans

During 1935 however, the famous drink got a make-over and was put in flat top cans for easier access. Flat top cans underwent another evolution and have the pull tab for easier opening. But, the invention of pull tabs was not welcomed by all as some would sustain injury from sharp edges, tabs would break, and a problem with the littering of small tab pieces was also present. But this did not stop the can from being one of the most efficient beer containers.

  1. Aluminum bottles

A crossover between the then present and the classic was made. Thus, the aluminum bottle is born. As the name suggests, the shape is patterned with the bottle but instead of glass, aluminum is used.

  1. The return of beer cans

Eventually, beer cans regained its popularity partly because it is cost efficient. The advancements of beer label technology have given businesses the chance to use the can as a part of their marketing strategy. Shrink sleeves, can printing and pressure sensitive labels are just some of the reasons why beer cans have become the choice of packaging by companies at present.

The next time you get to the store to buy your beer, do not forget to appreciate the packaging too. It has gone through a lot to help give you the perfect beer experience.