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Stuart Gellis’ awesome sports beer can collection

June 11, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer Gear, Oddities

When the Memphis Grizzlies and Coors Light teamed up in February to release a 24-oz. special edition Memphis Grizzlies Coors Light beer can, it became an instant collectible. I got an e-mail from Stuart Gellis, of New Rochelle, New York, who has a collection of some 6,000 beer cans displayed at his house and wanted to add the Grizzlies commemorative can to his lot. I sent two cans to him in return for the guest post below. Thanks for sharing your story, Stuart! -Mike

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Thirty years ago, I discovered “Sports Beer Can” collecting as a substitute for baseball cards and memorabilia, which became too expensive for my wallet. Sports, beer and collecting were my passions, and this was an inexpensive way to satisfy my cravings.

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The vibrant colors and artwork were spectacular. My travels for work allowed me to visit beer outlets throughout the U.S., and I think I have been to every bar and store in every state, or so it seems. The search was exhilarating, and the cans were plentiful.

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I set up my own rules to determine what constituted a “Sports Can.” Each can must show or mention something related to a competitive sport, a specific team, an individual, an event, a schedule or a venue. Cans featuring cartoons, silhouettes, etc., of competitive sports figures in uniform may also qualify. Cans that show outdoors activities such as skiing, sailing, fishing or hunting don’t qualify unless there is reference to a competitive event. (These are my rules, but your rules might be different.)
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Using these criteria, I have been able to accumulate over 6,000 cans through buying, selling, trading and attending “breweriana” shows sponsored by the Brewery Collectibles Club of America (BCCA). Trading these cans with fellow collectors in all the states has been challenging but most enjoyable. I have met some of the nicest people you can imagine. All my cans are displayed in my basement mancave on shelves that I made of 2 1/2″ aluminum “L” strips screwed into the wall. There is no criteria as to how you might display your cans, as long as you enjoy yourself and have a beer on me. Cheers.

Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company to begin canning beer in 2012

July 26, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer, History of beer

Abita Beer cans

The first cans of beer sold in the United States hit shelves in 1935, with the introduction of Krueger’s Cream Ale and Krueger’s Finest Beer in convenient steel cans.

Canning technology has vastly improved over the years, but only recently has the craft beer industry really embraced cans. In 2010, the year that marked the 75th anniversary of beer in cans, about 80 U.S. craft breweries were canning at least one of their beers, according to CraftBeer.com. Of those breweries, about 20 started canning in 2010.

The year 2012 will mark the addition of Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company – the nation’s 15th largest craft brewer – to those ranks.

Abita announced Monday that it plans to begin canning three of its flagship beers: Amber, Jockamo I.P.A. and Purple Haze.

The canning technology is something that we’ve been researching and investigating for a long time. We feel confident that today’s cans are a quality solution that will preserve and protect the flavor of Abita,” Abita Brewing Company President David Blossman said. “For many years people associated craft beer with glass bottles only, but the perception and the technology of the aluminum beverage can has really changed.” [source]

Abita’s cans, according to a press release, will be coated with a special water-based lining that will insulate the beer from the can’s interior surface.

Abita will sell its cans in six- and 12-packs, which should hit shelves in early 2012. The canning operation will be based at Abita’s brewery in Abita Springs.

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Beer can surfboard

June 25, 2011 By: grant Category: DIY

Granted, there aren’t many surfing opportunities close to Memphis, but this is pretty neat.

A couple of dudes in San Diego collected their empties and epoxied them all together.

Head on over to Geeky Gadgets to learn more about this project.

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