Pop a Brewski and Celebrate National Beer Can Day - 1/24/21!

Even beer cans have a national holiday!

Necessity is the mother of invention and beer cans have a unique and interesting history.

Beer bottles are heavy, breakable and not easily stackable. Additionally, can companies suffered greatly during the depression and were looking for new markets. In 1933, American Can Co. started the ball rolling, or should I say the can, when they offered to install the first canning system at the G. Krueger Brewing Company in Newark, New Jersey - at their own expense - along with a supply of free cans, if Krueger would test market ACC's lighter weight, taste-worthy, and more easily shipped and stored cans. The market test was hugely successful, leading to cans hitting stores in Richmond, VA on January 24, 1935.

To celebrate this noteworthy effort, let's not only toast American ingenuity by popping a top, but also by creating a brew of distinction in cocktail form. Come on...break the mold like the American Can Co. did 86 years ago and try something different! The recipe below even honors your New Year's resolution with only 128 calories per 3/4 cup serving.

Keep in mind that Sammy's Buy-Rite stocks any number of canned (and bottled, for that matter) beers with which you can honor this auspicious occasion!  

 $6.49/4-pk, $15.99/12-pk   $7.99/4-pk

 Moon Baby $16.99/4-pk, Bad Boy Boogi $14.99/4-pk    


1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup water 

2 tsp. lime zest

24 oz. pale lager (such as Corona), chilled

2 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice, chilled (2 grapefruits or look for fresh-squeezed no-sugar added juice cartons found in the produce section)

1/2 cup Tequila

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes) 

Combine first 3 ingredients in a glass jar. Cover with lid; shake until sugar dissolves. Pour mixture into a pitcher. Add beer, grapefruit juice, tequila, and lime juice; stir gently. Serve over ice. Try in salt-rimmed glasses if you'd like.

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light. Yields 8 servings.


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