Excavating a beery past, Part III
If you’ve been following along, you’re aware of my long, lost beer can collection. If you’ve just tuned in, you can find the backdrop here.
I’ve moved from annoying my mom by decorating my room with beer cans (throughout my high school years) to concerning my wife over the prospect of installing shelves for my beer cans in our bedroom (very much in the present day).
Of course I wouldn’t actually do that, not when I have a bar planned in our living room. They’ll look right snazzy throughout the main living space, where our guests can more easily enjoy them. In the meantime, I’ve agreed to store them a little more out of the way. I admit that there hasn’t been much floor space the last few days.
For the sake of posterity, documentation and letting the reader in on my joy, I’ve decided to post photos before Storage, Round 2 begins. I’ve roughly grouped the cans by brewery, though some of you smartypantses will notice potential mistakes. I know that certain brands changed hands. I know good and well that Colt 45 appears in more than one photo. And one or two photos are simply a grouping of several breweries for which I only had one or two cans.
I’m not curating the flippin’ Smithsonian here. I know you are smart. Just enjoy the photos, and reminisce at your leisure.
From the Miller crew, I’m partial to MBL, my old standby, but I also quite enjoy the Halloween edition of Miller Lite Longnecks, on the bottom left.
Of the Falstaff‘s, my favorite is the Bi-Centennial can, though I don’t suppose they used two additions of Centennial hops.
Pearl has some cool stuff here: the JR Ewing (middle left), Near Beer (middle middle) and the Generics on the bottom (few things cooler, cheaper and lousier, I’d guess)
From Anheiser-Busch‘s Bud family, I’m partial to the “Budweiser Light,” pictured middle left. You don’t see that every day.
Rounding out the Anheiser-Busch crew. My favorites here are the two Busch cans in the middle row, 2nd and 3rd from left. I like their old school simplicity.
A bunch from the Schmidt Wildlife collection. It’s worth noting that many of the older cans I have possess rust and crud, but these cans are the only ones where the paint is actively peeling off.
PBR me, whenever you get around to it. My favorite from this Pabst collection is the Hamm’s Keg Can.
G. Heilman. I once visited this brewery on a family vacation when I was 16. Along with fishing for Northern Pike while sipping Grain Belt and watching the Cubs win at Wrigley Field, laying eyes on the World’s Largest Six Pack was a highlight. (This is the photo that shouldn’t have Colt 45–you come over here and set ’em up again.)
More miscellaneous stuff. It’s worth pointing out that while Dubuque Star was only about $1.99/6-pack, even high schoolers wouldn’t drink it.
More miscellaneous brews. I like the oil cans.
A few beers from the Coors family. I’d forgotten about that Winterfest. Seems Coors was making at least a stab at engaging the craft beer audience quite a few years ago. Anybody feel like issuing a little street cred?
While that Bitburger is not ancient, I don’t know where I got it. Did I drink that, way back then?
These are the truly old ones, made of tin and needing a church key to open.
Light years ahead of Heineken, this Hamm’s Keg Can is one of my favorites from the whole lot.
Evolution of the brews: there’s more than one way to open a can.
You guessed it: I didn’t get anything productive done this past weekend.