Rushville Republican


January 7, 2014

To those who CAN


The container in this photo was apparently the one and only original Krueger can known to exists. But oddly, it hasn’t been seen since 1985. Rumor has it that some guy in Michigan returned it for a dime deposit.

I don’t know what a serious beer can collector would have paid for it, but a dime probably wouldn’t quite do it. To give you a sense of just how much a valuable collectible beer can can cost, here are some asking prices from a couple different Internet sites for collectors. And please, brace yourself, because even at these prices, these cans DO NOT HAVE ANY BEER IN THEM!

We’ll start with the “Famous Beverwyck” brand, not because it was a particularly delicious or memorable beer, but because I hope like heck that one of next year’s college football bowl games will feature a player named “Famous Beverwyck.”

Anyway, a website called will practically give away a Famous Beverwyck can for only $195.

You can pay only $795 for a can of “Dorquest Quality Beer,” although if you did, maybe your loved ones, and perhaps your friends, and most definitely I, would consider you a Dorq.

A mere $2,900 will net you a can of “London Tavern Ale.” There’s nothing like an authentic ale from Britain, and London Tavern Ale was nothing like an authentic ale from Britain; it was made in Stockton, Calif.

A far better expenditure of a spare three grand would be a can of “Williams Purple Cow Lager.” From the name, you’d think this beer can’t possibly be taken seriously. Then, when you get a glimpse of this highly collectible can, you realize for certain that this beer can’t possibly be taken seriously. The can depicts a violet-hued bovine standing alongside a white pelican. One of the cow’s teats is magically squirting a stream of what I presume is lager into the grinning bird’s beak.

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