Yet in this day of the craft beer craze where bars have sometimes dozens of taps, there is a day to recognize a beer lovers standard: canned beer.
It’s Beer Can Appreciation Day and it’s Jan. 24. Yes, there really is a Beer Can Appreciation Day and it was created to acknowledge and give a cheers to when beer was first sold in cans, Jan. 24, 1935.
They were produced and sold by the Gottfried Krueger Brewing, in partnership with the American Can Company, which was eager to expand on the rising popularity of canned foods.
Pop tops were introduced in 1963 Pittsburgh Brewing Company but as Jimmy Buffett sang in Margaritaville – “stepped on a pop top; blew out my flip flop” the tops were often left on the ground. Today’s so-called “stay tabs” were introduced in 1975.
Canned beer to Americans is part of the country’s culture. It’s as American as hamburgers and apple pie. This is particularly true in the South, where beer tastes lean more toward cheap beer in signature 6-packs and 12-packs instead of complex craft beers.
Beer Can Appreciation Day is not to be confused with National Beer Day, which is April 7, or National Drink A Beer Day, which is Sept. 28. PubClub.com conducted an interview with the creator of National Beer Day for this interesting story.
National Drink Days
There are several more days devoted to drinks and drinking, including National Wine Day, National Margarita Day and National Martini Day. For a rundown of them and the dates, click here.