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Parting Shot: Canned Revolution

Brewmaster Brian O’Reilly holds a can of Helles Golden Lager with a 360 Lid as he poses for a portrait at the Sly Fox Brewing Co. in Pottstown, Pa.

RICHMOND, Va. – Nearly 80 years ago Richmond revolutionized the beer world. For it was in this Southern city in 1935 that canned beer – complete with how-to instructions – was first sold.

Krueger’s Cream Ale and its punch-top can became an instant hit, propelling the humble beer can to iconic status. That is, until Americans returned to bottles and the beloved craft brews they contained, a cultural turn that left canned beer looking decidedly low-brow.

But more recently craft brewers rediscovered cans, realizing they weren’t just retro-cool, but with a few tweaks might even be able to kick bottles in the can. More here.

I don't like drinking any beverage from a can. Gotta have a glass. How about you?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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