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7 Awesome Beer Cans in Celebration of Beer Can Appreciation Day

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The good news is that it’s never too late to begin your beer can collection. The even better news is that January 24 is Beer Can Appreciation Day, so there’s no excuse not to get going on that collection.

While no one knows who named the day, or when it began to be celebrated, we do know that it commemorates the first day beer was available to the public in cans. And what a great day that was indeed.

We’re so excited about it that we dug up some pics of our favorite beer cans over the years. Surprisingly, some of them are actually worth some money.

Coors Light 2-Stage Cold Activated Can

Coors Cold Activated can

There’s nothing like mixing beer and fancy ink technology. Coors topped its single-stage cold activated cans and labels by now showing you if your beer is super cold. Don’t drink it until those mountains are really blue.

Guinness Nitro Widget Can

Guinness Nitro Widget Can

No beer can technology can match the brilliance of the nitrogen widget shrewdly placed inside cans of Guinness Draught. The widget lives in there until the can is opened and the pressure change sends it to the bottom in a trail of nitrogen bubbles. Excuse us, we need a Guinness.

White Horse Pilsner

White Horse Pilsner can
tillyfour, eBay

In the 1940s, they knew how to make a beer look stylish and manly all at the same time. A White Horse guy knew how to drink a beer and look good doing it. These days, a White Horse can in good condition can get you more than $15,000.

Pabst Blue Ribbon

relaxing with a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon
mccun934, Flickr

We don’t mean to be all hipster here, but nothing makes you feel like a champ like that big blue ribbon on a cold can of PBR. It’s a beer you can drink anywhere, at anytime, and look like a winner.

Session Lager

Session Lager cans

Is it a canteen? Is it a grenade? Who wouldn’t want to drink their beer out of something that makes them look like they could spring into action and either head off on a hike or blow something up at a moment’s notice? There’s no losing your beer at a party with this can.

Heineken DraughtKeg

Heineken DraughtKeg

Ok, so it’s slightly bigger than a can, but still the Heineken Draught Keg is one of the better beer containment and dispensing innovations of this century. It holds about 10 pints of tasty Heineken and will keep it fresh for up to 30 days. But who lets Heineken sit in the fridge for that long anyway?

Robin Hood Cream Ale

Robin Hood Cream Ale can
1st_choice_bock_16oz_flats, eBay

When you didn’t have money for good beer, you had to drink a poor man’s beer. Enter Robin Hood. Sadly, while the can made it seem like you had stolen it from the rich, the taste didn’t. It was no Billy Beer, but this tight wearing, feather-capped brew wasn’t winning any prizes either. And, strangely, now you would have to be rich to buy a can.


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