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Aug 5, 2007
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Brunswick, GA
Just heard that on this date in 1935 the first canned beer was introduced in America. I'm sure it was swill, but hey it was still beer. The thing that would suck though is no poptop. You had to use a can opener! But I still applaud the genius who made beer portable!!:mug: First canned beer was Kruegers Cream Ale. Anybody got a recipe??


Fair Winds,

Tidewater Brewing
Looks like a tin bottle.

I dont know whether to put it in my car or drink it, they must have had a surplus of tin before the war!

wasn't he talkin about these ones?


and anyway, i just made my first (REAL) cream ale. it's quite tasty. i'm having it over at a party this weekend. it actually tastes alot like an american lager, but a little more flavorful.

cream ales were originally made by ale brewers to compete with the companies who had lagering capabilities and were offering the lighter beers that everyone enjoyed at the time.

jamil has a recipe here: http://beerdujour.com/Recipes/Jamil/The_Jamil_Show_-_Cream_Ale.html

mine was not really TOO similiar...i added a small amount of vienna, used available hops (domestic hallertau and saaz, i think) and i didn't add any cane sugar...but it DID end up at the same gravity :D and it tastes very light and crisp as described.

i have a thread about it, but it doesn't contain my final recipe.


EDIT: check out the podcast here: http://thebrewingnetwork.com/jamil.php

that's where i got the original idea.

another EDIT: sorry, i did use liberty :eek: just checked my recipe
Beers made in America before WWII were the real deal. It was not until WWII that "light" beers became popular.
As for those crown top cans, I can remember drinking soda out of them as a kid.
I occasionally run across an old pile of them out in the desert but they are too rusty to be of any value.:mug:
I was on a hiking trip around an old mining area and someone in the group actually found a handful of East Side Tower crown cap cans with partial labels intact. I have some similar cans from a later trip, but the labels are long gone. Steel-sided Olympia pull tops are a common sight, however.