For the first time canned beer appeared on sale on January 24, 1935 in the American city of Richmond. The Krueger BrewingCo company offered customers a popular drink in unusual packaging.
The metal jar was an alternative to glass containers that shattered easily if dropped. It should be noted that the first cans were quite heavy, since they were made not of aluminum, but of iron.
Opening such a jar was not at all easy, so a tin key was attached to the package, and instructions for its use were written on the jar itself.
Interestingly, the novelty quickly became popular, and by the end of 1935, more than 20 American factories were bottling beer in iron containers.
In 1958, the first beer cans made from aluminum appeared. The packaging has become not only durable but also lightweight. In the manufacture of containers, two sheets of aluminum were used: the walls and bottom were made from one, and the lid was made from the other.
In 1975, Ermal Freis invented the eyelet that opens the can. It is still used today and is well known to all beer lovers.
Currently, about 240 billion beer cans are produced in the world annually, of which almost half are in the United States.
American John Ahrens from New Jersey has assembled a collection of 15, 000 beer cans.
In the city of Darwin (Australia), a beer regatta is held annually. Participants in these competitions build various flotation devices from empty beer cans. Among the interesting exhibits are a 13-meter long galley and a submarine capable of submerging under water for several minutes.
American nugget designer Bob Bishob built an airplane from beer cans that flies a decent distance. It took 11, 000 cans to make such an unusual air transport.
But the US architect Mike Reynolds uses beer containers to build houses. Eight beer cans are tied into blocks, which are connected with cement. The structures are distinguished not only by their durability, but also by their low cost.
The lightest beer cans are made by the Japanese company Kirin. A 350 ml can weighs only 14 grams, which is 7% lighter than conventional cans. Thus, the manufacturing company saves about 4 thousand tons of metal annually.