Beer Can Collecting

Beer Can Collecting is alive and well. The internet is helping to bring together collectors, buyers and sellers of the vintage beer, brewery collectables and even soda can fans.


The first beer can was produced in October, 1935 by the American Can Company and Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company.

Although the prohibition years put a damper on beer cans and brewery collectables, the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s provided a wealth of great collectable items that capture the spirit and style of those eras.

During the 1970s, the beer can collecting hobby took off with thousands of collectors beginning collections and starting the valuable process of preserving these classic icons.

Beer Can Terms

Flat Top: Similar to today’s beer can shape. The All-American Beer can is an example.

Crowntainer: The Schmidt’s Beer shows an example of a crowntainer. Notice the bottle cap top and how the can top has a gradually reducing neck.

Cone Top: Type of Can with a top shaped like a … yes, you guessed it a Cone. The Atlantic Beer can above shows that it looks like a cross between the flat top and the crown.

Beer Cans Buy, Sell or Trade

We found these sites on the web looking to buy your old beer can collections:

  • Larwood Limited. Ted Larson has been collecting since 1975 and is one of the top dealers of Vintage Beer Cans in the U.S. He buys collections and sells through his catalog and website.
  • Beer Can Man

Conventions and Hobby Links