50th anniversary of the aluminum beer can

Beer drinkers around the globe can hoist their beer cans in a celebratory toast to a milestone that began in Golden half a century ago. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the old Adolph Coors Co. unveiling the U.S. beer industry’s first seamless, recyclable aluminum beer can.

That can ultimately spelled the demise of the tin beverage can developed in the mid-1800s. Industry officials say the development of the Coors aluminum can forever changed the way people drink beer and other beverages.

It also opened a new market for sheet aluminum and, eventually, for aluminum recycling.

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And here’s an interesting fact:  1990: Adolph Coors Co. becomes first company to recycle more cans than it sells into the marketplace.

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