The History Of Beer In Cans

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1B7012588-tdy-130419-beer-stock-1.blocks_desktop_largeBeer has been around for many centuries.  In fact, scientists even agree that the making of beer predates even the birth of Christ, at roughly 10,000 B.C.  In the past, beer was mostly placed and stored in earthenware such as clay and ceramic pots.  During the early part of the 1900s, beer was stored in bottles wherein it was also the process in which it was distributed.  After the American Prohibition Law, canned beers took flight as it was easily the best way to distribute beer to the thirsty public.  Since their introduction, beer in cans have roughly become inseparable.  In fact, some of the best beers you can find are often available in cans.

Beer cans were first tried in a select market in Virginia.  The idea of packaging beers inside a can was conceptualized by The American Can Company.  They knew and understood that being able to contain beer inside cans provided breweries with many advantages.  The main advantages in using cans is that not only are cans much lighter than glass bottles, but that cans are also more robust and do not need to be returned back by customers.

Using cans for beer distribution was quite revolutionary as there was less wastage during distribution.  The use of glass bottles often meant that there were bottles that get broken and thus the content is left unsellable.  With cans, it was both robust and cheaper to fabricate.  Through the use of can for beer distribution, it meant that beer manufacturers were able to increase their profit.  Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company of New Jersey in 1935 was the first brewing company to have their beer distributed in cans.  Their beer in can distribution marks the first beer in can made available to the public.

Beer in cans have been around for decades now and their availability makes us take them for granted.  However, when you take into consideration the many hurdles into creating the perfect packaging for beer in cans, it will certainly boggle you on how such high pressure that beer can produce can be contained in such a thin aluminum packaging.  This problem was solved in the 1930s through the use of a moldable plastic which was placed in the seams so that the pressure can be withstood without sprouting any leaks whatsoever.  While this idea was very ingenious during those days, these days, it will seem somewhat more of a routine rather than a problem.


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