Today marks the 82nd birthday of the beer can – first introduced on January 24, 1935, as the packaging for Krueger’s Cream Ale and Krueger’s Finest Beer. For previous generations, the beer can was simply the vessel of choice for macro-beer swilling fisherman. But in recent years, the can’s reputation has turned around and become the trendy choice for many of the best craft breweries around the world.
To celebrate just how far the beer can has come, let’s take a look back at some of the biggest developments for the packaging last year alone…
Big Breweries Started Canning Their Beer
If you still thought canning craft beers was a fad bound destined to die, 2016 once again proved you wrong: Last year, some of the biggest names in craft brewing jumped into the canning craze for the first time including Stone (10th largest craft brewer), Dogfish Head (16th), New Glarus (20th) and Left Hand (39th).