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Un-Earthing the Unknown-A Dumper’s Guide to Cans not in USBC

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We have all had an opportunity by now to check out the new United States Beer Cans book.  Its arrival has been a real shot in the arm for those of us seeking new variations.  I did my best to get as many flats and cones pictured from my collection, as I am sure many of you did.  I enjoyed comparing my collection cans against my bootleg copy of the evolving “LIST” of everything out there, and what had been pictured to date.  I got my case of cans pictured at the Blue-Gray show.   I have gone through my collection and identified many cans that are not pictured in the book; cans I feel should be in there based on the “rules” that were used to decide what was pictured and what was not.  The “rules” are published on pages 23-27.  I will summarize them as best that I can.

Variations included in the book: 

Front label variations in color, graphics or wording

IRTP vs. non-IRTP                                                   

Opening instructions vs. no OI.

Brewery name difference

One face can vs. two face can

Alcoholic content variations-provided the wording is on the body of the can, not the lid.

Metallic finish vs. dull finish (see NOTE below)                                                                        

Variations not included in the book: 

Can company variations (those NOT resulting in a front label change)

Lid variations  (lid stamped “BOCK”, aluminum “softop” cans, etc)

Opening instruction panel variations (with some exceptions)

Patent Pending vs. Patents Pending  vs. Others Pending                                                       

Cans with New York (or other state) Sales Office wording (unless on front label)

Test cans, novelty cans, and reunion cans of the flat and cone era.

Metallic finish vs. dull finish when the result of the common “over-paint” situation

NOTE: While obvious over-paints were not included, there are scores of examples out there where only a single gray primer layer was used, and no other brand underneath.  Are these legitimate cans?  I, personally save them all, but the authors of USBC were careful about including shiny vs. dull variations.  I will only mention these when I feel it is a legitimate variation, and not an over-paint situation.


Here is part one of my listing of all of the cans I have identified that did not make in the book.   It will take a few segments to complete the listing.  If anyone requests, I will credit your additions to this listing in future segments.  You can reach me at  All references are to USBC.  I also list the can company shown on the can at the end of many descriptions.  (CCC= Continental, A= American, N=National, C=Crown, Cork and Seal, H=Heekin, Cans= Cans Inc. Chicago, Y=Reynolds,  P=Pacific)  As you review the list against your collection, you may notice how a can company change on the same basic label results in significant label changes when compared side by side.  “C” and “R” refer to the circled Copyright and Registered acknowledgements.


12 ounce U.S. Flat Top Cans not pictured in USBC.


Acme Bock - like 28/33, only the brewery is listed as: “ Los Angeles (Vernon) CALIF “.  The matching BEER can is shown from Vernon (28/27) but they missed the BOCK. (P)


Note: Please humor me on the Ballantine variations. Not everyone is as thrilled with them as I am!


Ballantine’s Ale – like 33/13. Look at the two copyright marks;  “C” above the 3-ring logo, and  “R” inside the 3 ring logo. On the can pictured, it is black writing on the solid green background. (A)  I have a variation which has both of these copyright marks on a GOLD circle. (CCC)


Ballantine Ale – Check out the front of 33/18,19 with the green 3-ring logo at the bottom of the oval.

·         This can first came out in the early 50’s WITHOUT the brewers gold certificate, but with the USBF logo at the bottom as shown on both of the cans pictured. (A)

·         A later can was issued also without the Brewers Gold Certificate & without the USBF logo. (A)


Then we have the cans WITH the Brewers Gold certificate. The cans shown are:

·         33/18 has circled R copyright logo to the right and below the d in Gold.  (also comes w/o USBF)

·         33/19 has the circled R above and to the right of the d in Gold, and also has lighter/thinner green printing on the certificate.

·         A third variation has no “R” anywhere on the certificate, and it also has the USBF logo.  (CCC)


Ballantine Beer – Three consecutive cans, chronologically speaking, come with a color variation.  The book only shows this variation on the later Light Lager can, 34/4 and 34/5.  It is obvious to see that one can is almost white inside the shield, while the other is a tan color.  The lighter colored can also has a lighter brown color making up the border.  33/39 and 33/40 come with this identical variation.  I attribute this difference to the fact that Ballantine bought cans mostly from American, but also used Continental and Crown, and so you’re bound to get some color variations.  This just happens to be a striking example the authors chose to include.


Ballantine Beer – (like 34/6) The early 1960’s brought about a significant label change for Ballantine Beer. The new can had a red border going around the shield, and white wording inside the red border.  All the cans shown in the book of this style (34/6-10), all have the same wording. My can has the words “Selected Grains” omitted from the writing in the red border.  As a result, all of the wording must be moved around to accommodate the reduction in text.  The way I look at it is this: Look under the first “e” in the word “BEER”. My can has the word “barley” there, while the cans pictured have the word “malt” there. This can surely predates the cans shown in the book, as 34/6-10 all come in tab tops as well.(CCC, A)


Bavarian Beer – like 35/3, only the word “flavor” appears on the label (just the way it appears on 35/2).   This can comes from Maier, Los Angeles (N)


Bavarian Type Beer – My can is a combination of 35/7 and 35/8.  It has the word “TYPE” just like on 35/7.  However, the word “BEER” is printed just like on 35/8. (C)


Bel Air Beer – Like 35/38, but contents wording at the bottom face are much bolder and larger. (A)


Black Label – Like 37/34, but from Atlanta, GA. This can also has the can company logo (Crown with an “8” inside) in the middle of the bottom face of the map side.  (C)


Blatz – OK, this can does not fit the rules of the book, but this is my article and this can is just too cool to leave out!  This can has no contents listed on the can, but it is a twelve-ounce size exactly. This is a one faced can with Milwaukee’s Finest in the white band like on the later two face cans (38/38 –39/6 etc.). The gold band just below is thinner, as the brewery writing is only on one line of print, but lists all four  breweries instead of just one like on all the other cans.    (CCC)

Note: I have been told this can may have been part of a Blatz Man display.  That would certainly explain the lack of contents.


Bohemian Club – Like 40/25, but in a non-metallic or dull version. (A)


Bohemian Club – Like 40/31, only the brewery name reads: Bohemian Breweries, Spokane WASH, Div. Of Atlantic Brewing Co., Chicago.  This same can also comes with a second brewery listed - Boise.(CCC)


Bosch  Like 40/39 only shiny metallic.  Can pictured definitely appears to be a dull version.  Look at the can to the right in comparison.  (CCC,A)


Braumeister – Like 41/18, only Newport, KY.  Notice the can says, “Brewed in Wisconsin and Kentucky”.  Whallah, the Kentucky can!  Has a neat Home Liquors stamp on the lid too. (CCC)


Braumeister -  Like 41/14 with small mandatory, except brewery name reads: Independent Milwaukee Brewery, a division of G. Heileman, Sheboygan, WI.  (CCC)



Brown Derby – Like 42/23.  We’re talking Grace Bros. cans here with no black trim on the hat.   The difference is the placement of the registered trademark symbol “R”.

bullet42/23 has it above the middle of the Y
bulletalso comes with the symbol below and to the right of the Y. (C,N)
bulletalso comes without the registered symbol (A)


Buckhorn – Like 43/13 but by Buckhorn Brewing Co., a Division of Theo Hamm.  This is an 11 oz softop can. (Y)


Budweiser – Like 43/32, only Jacksonville, FL.  Brewery writing is also smaller.  This is a 60’s aluminum softop can obviously.  I know this one is legit, as me and Romine dumped a twelver of them!


Budweiser – (43/26)  This can lists eight breweries, which makes it post 1970 vintage (Merrimack opened May, 1970).  This must be one of those environmentally compliant cans from the 1970’s up in the Northwest.  My guess is that everyone made some aluminum softop cans around that time for one reason or another.  This can borderlines the age for “legitimate” flat top cans.  I could add another 50 cans to this list if I started adding 1970’s aluminum flat top cans, especially cans by Anheuser-Busch!


Burgermeister – Like 46/27.  Can shown is clearly the non-metallic version.  This O/I can, with the permit info top left, also comes in a shiny metallic version. (A)  (I’ll bet there’s a matching Ale can too)


Burgermeister – Like 46/32 and 46/33.  Hard to tell the differences by the pictures due to scale.  An up close view reveals a plethora of variations. (and I’m only naming some of them)

bullet46/32 – black trim on the red scarf, dull silver, deep blue stripe, dark trim on vest (A)
bullet46/33 – yellow trim on scarf, deeper red colors, red trim on yellow vest, medium blue stripe, dull silver (P)
bulletNP – yellow and black trim on scarf, shiny metallic silver, Mr. Burgie’s coat has sharply contrasting light and dark blue colors, green trim on the yellow vest (C)


Burgermeister – Like 46/35.  These variations are similar to the older can discussed above

46/35 – all blue colors are a deep navy, red trim on yellow vest, brownish complexion. (A)

NP – blue stripe with brand name is a dark navy as is the contents, however, Mr. Burgie sports a light blue coat and hat.  He has a reddish complexion and green trim on the vest. (P)


Canadian Ace Ale – This ALE can matches the BEER can 48/14.  Eagle is red, no PREMIUM across the label.  Two face can.


Canadian Ace Beer – like 48/10, with EXTRA PALE, but a one face can.


My guess is there are other Canadian Ace cans out there not pictured in USBC.  The following do not have a matching BEER or ALE can pictured: 48/10 one face, 48/12 and 48/15.  Check out 48/8.  That’s MY can! Indeed, one of the choicest condition cans in the book!  (Hey, they needed it!)


Champagne Velvet – Like 49/6, but this is an earlier one face can.  The front label is different also, because the contents are along the seam, not on the face.


Champale – The table below details the variations I’ve identified. Here are some basic guidelines:

Two brewery variations produced 5 different can designs: Metropolis, Trenton, NJ, 1949+ (formerly Peoples Brewing Co), Century, Norfolk, VA, 1953+ (formerly Jacob Ruppert Virginia, Inc.).

Champ ale vs. Champale ML is due to old Virginia and North Carolina laws prohibiting the word “liquor”.  I have theories to explain most of the gaps in the table, but that is well beyond the scope of this article.





Champale variations


Malt Liquor


Champ ale


Malt Liquor


Champ ale

3 lines of script writing“ A malt beverage.”


     Not Pictured



2 lines-bold print “Serve like Champagne”


     Not Pictured



Serve like Champagne - Metallic green can





Dull green can - Has recipes





Metallic green can  - Has recipes



 Not Pictured



Clear Lake – My can is a cross between 49/31 (as there are no contents bottom face), and 49/32 (has solid green slopes). Same brewery.  (A)


Columbia – like 50/13, the metallic can.  This can also comes with a much brighter and  “redder” red.  (A)


Coors – I’m really surprised these cans are not pictured.  IRTP can, no Banquet logo. (label matches 51/21)

·         Coors in red letters (P)

·         Coors in black letters (A)


Coors – like 51/20 but no IRTP. (A)


Country Club – Malt Liquor, Stout Malt Liquor, Malt Lager.   The BLUE OVAL cans…everybody’s favorite to dig!  The older 12 ouncers are tough compared to the  8’s.  I believe all seven  label variaties come in all three “flavors”, although I’m missing a few.  The first three cans are brewed by M.K.Goetz, the later 4 add: “Division of Pearl”.  The last two cans are two face cans. None of the earlier 12 ounce cans are shown in USBC, so refer to the 8 ounce section to see them. Chronologically they are:

·         Yellow writing top and bottom face all around - Yellow paragraph on side.

·         Yellow writing top and bottom face all around - Blue paragraph on side.

·         100 Years on side.  Dated 1959.

·         Over 100 Years.

·         “Aged 3 Times longer than Beer” on side.

·         Solid blue oval.  “Goetz” has been removed.

·         XXX now appears inside the blue oval.


Croft All Malt Cream Ale – like 52/19, but perhaps an earlier can.  Side does not list the 6 products.  Instead, there is an eight line vertical paragraph touting the hops, the formula, etc. (A).


Drewry’s Beer     Matches 56/2, only says “NEW YORK STATE ADDRESS – MT. VERNON, N.Y.”. Another can I chose to include in this listing even though the variation is on the side and not the front (and because I think its cool!).  There are so few non-IRTP cans with a New York sales office listing, and this is one I have not ever seen other than mine. (A)


Durst Beer – matches  57/18 in all aspects with one exception: NET CONTENTS 11 FLUID OUNCES appears on the bottom face like on 57/19.  Lists Chicago and Spokane only. (CCC )


Embassy Club Beer –This non-IRTP can matches 59/32 with one exception.  The bottom mandatory wording matches that on 59/31 (“Co.” not “Company”).  (A)


Falstaff  Beer – We’re talking about the one face white cans with Mr. Falstaff toasting us on both sides of the seam. No wonder so many variations are not pictured!   It can get complicated. Here’s the skinny as I understand it.  I’m sure there are also probably some weirdo variations out there that are outside these basic parameters.  (CCC), (A)

bullet4 breweries: wording along the bottom reads: “Plants at…” There should be four different cans:

        St. Louis, Omaha, San Jose, New Orleans

bullet5 breweries: (Ft. Wayne was added in 1953) There should be five different cans. Wording still says “Plants at…”.
bullet7 breweries (in 1955 they added Galveston and El Paso). I’ve never seen a 6 brewery can and it probably doesn’t exist (somebody please prove me wrong!)  Obviously there should be seven variations of these cans.  Wording at the bottom now reads  “Also….”


Falstaff  Beer – Now we are talking about the cans with the metallic blue stripe along the bottom. 
USBC pictures seven different cans from seven different breweries. The El Paso can was omitted while the oddball Cranston can is included. I call the Cranston can an oddball since that brewery was acquired from Narragansett in 1966, making this a fairly late flat.  All 8 cans have the wording “America’s Premium Quality Beer” in the blue stripe along the bottom.  (CCC), (A)


Falstaff  Beer – Similar to the blue stripe can discussed above, this later variation has a different slogan in the blue stripe at the bottom.  This slogan now reads: “The Choicest Product of the Brewers Art”.  This can is common in a tab top can.  I possess a Ft. Wayne can and a Galveston can in flat top cans, and I dumped them both, so I know they are legit!  It is quite possible that the other 6 cities of the period canned flat tops. 


Falstaff  Beer like 62/5 but in a 10 ounce version.  (CCC)


Fisher  Beer – 63/37.  Another of my “unofficial additions”, as the variation is not on the front label, but is too cool to not mention. These are killer side panel variations, and I know of no other cans with such wording. This is the older blue label can from Salt Lake City. Apparently the strong stuff (more than 3.2%) had to be exported outside of Utah (to the heathens of course!).  Each can says “Export Brew” (CCC)

bulletNot for Sale in Utah 
bulletSale in Utah Prohibited

Fox Deluxe Beer  like 65/21.  Same brewery (Fox Head, Waukesha) and basic label, except the wording below BEER reads: “BREWED IN GREATER MILWAUKEE WITH WAUKESHA WATER”.  (N)


Note: Now that we are about to enter the realm of G. Heileman brand variations, some clarification on the brewery wording is necessary.  There are three variations of brewery wording in the early 1960’s for our favorite “acquisition machine”, and I believe these to be chronological:

1).  Fox Head Brewing Co., La Crosse, Wis.

2).  Fox Head Brewing Co., Div. Fox Head Brewing Co., La Crosse, Wis.

3).  Fox Head Brewing Co., La Crosse, Wis., a Division of  Fox Head.


This same group of mandatory wording variations occurs for other Heileman cities (Sheboygan, Newport, Detroit, etc) and brewery names (Pfeiffer, Kingsbury, Weidemann, etc) and I certainly do not have them all.  I don’t know for sure, but the authors of USBC I believe may have considered the last two wordings as one.  If so, I can’t argue with the logic.  Regardless of the brewery name and city, I will refer to the wording as 1), 2) and 3) to be as succinct as possible.


Fox Head Beer – like 65/32, with two lines on white writing at the bottom, with wording 1) and 2). (CCC)


Fox Head 97 Malt Liquor, Stout ML  66/18 and 66/19.  Both cans shown indicate “Div” which would indicate wording 2) or 3).  I have both the ML and Stout ML and both have brewery name wording 1) (without “Div.” mentioned at all).  (Too bad a Malt Lager has not surfaced yet!)


Gibbons Beer  – Like 69/28 but this older can has the words PREMIUM and BEER printed in silver and not black.  This can also differs in that it says 1959 along the seam.  (CCC)  

Aside:  This is their first flat top can and is dated 1959!  I’ve always heard about some late cone top cans, but could it be that they produced Gibbons Beer in cone top cans until 1958?


Gipps Beer – USBC shows a dull version (69/40) and a metallic version (70/1) of this blue can from Chicago.  These would be the newest of all the Gipps cans, and are represented by the first two bullets below.  They are identical, except the I believe the dull can is a “potential over-paint”.  Since  no label is visible underneath, it has some legitimacy!  I have three distinctly different cans as follows:

bulletEnamel or dull silver on a light blue can. EXTRA DRY and EXTRA PALE are in silver letters (N)
bulletMetallic light blue can. EXTRA DRY and EXTRA PALE are in silver letters. (N)
bulletMetallic dark blue can.  EXTRA DRY and EXTRA PALE are in white letters. (CCC)


Gluek Stite Malt Liquor – like 70/12, as it says GLUEK in gold letters.  However, my can has two faces, and the shield is in black, and not blue.  (A)


Goebel Beer – like 71/9, only where the word BEER is, my can says PRIVATE STOCK 22.  The word BEER now appears in small letters below Goebel and to the right.  (A)


Goetz Beer – 71/15.  There are at least three back panel variations.  USBC includes these variations on the Country Club cans, so I will include them on the Goetz cans!  (A)

bulletCertified Straight Brewed (thank God!)
bulletGoetz in a blue oval
bullet100 Years of Quality

Could there be an “Over 100 Years” like on the Country Club cans?


Golden Brew Beer – like 72/27.  The metallic red version is shown.  A similar can with the enamel orange label also has the word BEER below LAGER. (A)


Golden Brew Beer – matches  72/30, except the brewery reads: “GOLDEN BREW BREWERY, LAWRENCE, MASS.” (A)


Golden Grain Beer – like 73/16.  This can also comes in a later glued seam can.  Like all glued seam cans, it has a dull finish in comparison.  (N)


Golden Velvet Beer – like 73/36.  The can pictured has yellow instead of gold.  My can is metallic shiny gold instead of yellow, otherwise it is identical. (A)


Grand Prize Beer – like 74/10.  Check out how the red horizontal stripes and the black “cloud” below the word BEER is much larger than on the withdrawn free can 74/9.  My IRTP can has the red stripes and cloud features matching the withdrawn free can pictured.  (A)


Griesedieck  Beer – 76/14.  I believe the book is in error by stating this is a one face can.  Mine, and everyone else’s I know is a two face can!   (A)


Gunther Beer – like 78/28, which is the “Of Baltimore” can.  Those of us who dump these regularly refer to them as the “racetrack” can.  Don’t know how that got started but I blame Rhodes for it!

bulletThe can shown has tiny yellow crowns all through the gold portion of the label  (C), (CCC)
bulletAnother example has tiny white crowns. (A) (Thanks to Chip Sims for pointing out this variation)


Gunther’s Ale – This can closely resembles the “Split R” can pictured, 78/14.  The rectangular shield and mostly everything else is the same except: the style of writing for GUNTHER’S and ALE is different.  While the “R” is what we think of as the variation, actually all the letters are of a different style. It was actually “de-Germanized” if you will.  The brewery info at the bottom begins further to the left and is therefore in a different place. (A)


Hampton Ale – matches 79/35, except is “Brewed by Hampton-Harvard Breweries, Willamansett, MA. The matching BEER can is shown (80/1) (A)


Heidelberg – 81/11 – two variations of this can, and the differences are quite complex upon comparison.  Usually, when this happens it is due to a can company variation. Not in this case: both are CCC87.

bulletCan shown: large “R” centered between his ear and his shoulder; life-like shading on man and stein; additional “R” inside of the “g” in Heidelberg is large.
bulletNot pictured: small “R” tucked down in the corner, almost sitting on his shoulder. Man and stein are more like a cartoon.  Small “R” in “g” of Heidelberg.


Heidelberg – like 81/16 but by Carling Brewing Co., Tacoma, WA. Says 1958 along the seam. (A)


Heileman’s Special Export Beer

·         like 81/23 except  “Old Style Lager” is replaced with “Heileman’s”, like on the later cans. This can still has the “swirlies” up in the top band, only they are white on gold, not yellow on gold.  (CCC)

·         like above only swirlies are in yellow on gold. (BCU 81/5)


Hensler Beer – I dumped these for many years as I grew up in NJ. This is what I know to be true:

bulletThe oldest can is the striped can. It is non-IRTP and is mega-tough. I was blessed enough to dump two of them those days. (81/32) (A)
bulletThe yellow can.  I do not believe this can is pictured in USBC. The red, black, and gold colors are exactly the same as on the white can, even the Keglined logo at the bottom left (as seen on 81/30). This can has no white, however. (A)
bulletThe White can. Enough said.  (81/30) (A)
bulletUSBC  81/31. I am unsure of the can company, but I believe it is not American as the others are, by the absence of any logo bottom left. This appears to be a variation of the white can 81/30. Who out there has one of these? (?)


Horton Beer – like 84/4 (IRTP, Metropolis - New York, and no PREMIUM band). However, the hands are white, not gold.  The trim appears to be silver, not gold, but mine is a dumper.  Anyone have an on-grade example? (CCC )


Imperial Beer – like 85/4 except the shading is drastically different than the can shown.  There is a heavy red shading that is really bold around the edges of the parchment and behind EXTRA DRY and around the crown.  This can has others pending. (A)


Iroquois Draft Beer – like 86/3 but I am not sure about the brewery designation on this one.  Mine says Iroquois Brewery, Buffalo, NY, and makes no reference anywhere to the “Div. Of Iroquois Industries” as USBC states.  (CCC)


Jester Beer – matches 86/31 except the brewery writing at the bottom face is in blue writing (on one line of print, not two like on 86/32). (CCC) (Who would have imagined there are three different Jester cans!)


Jet Near Beer – like 86/35 in all regards with one exception: the slogan in the bottom gold band reads “APPROX. 4 CALORIES PER OUNCE”. Nowhere on the can does it reference “non-alcoholic” as the later cans do.  (A)


Koenig Brau Beer – matches 88/31 except for the writing in the red band at the bottom.  The can pictured says “Brewed and packed by Koenig Brau…”.  I have an additional example which merely says “Koenig Brau Brewing Co., Chicago, ILL”.  The deletion of the “Brewed and packed by” wording causes the entire line of print to be re-centered, thus the variation.  (?)


Krueger Beer and Ale – the “Baldie” variations. USBC pictures 4 different beer cans and 4 different Ale cans. There are at least 5 variations of each as many of us RB’ers have already dumped and compared! I’ll list the 5 variations and let the readers determine which are pictured and which aren’t! There are matching Beer and Ale cans for each variation mentioned.

Pre- tax can

IRTP bottom face enamel

IRTP bottom face metallic “contents 12 Fluid Ozs.” Top face

IRTP bottom face metallic “12 Fluid Ozs, same as Bottle” Top face

“In Keglined Cans” bottom face.


Krueger Beer – 90/6 comes with three side panel variations:  (I imagine there are three different ale cans matching 89/27 too, but I only have the last 2).

bullet“medium” opener  without “Made is USA”.
bullet“medium” opener  with “Made is USA”.
bullet“small” opener 


Krueger Beer- like 90/18, only the word FINEST does not appear below MR. K. Instead, the stems simply cross as on the matching ALE can 89/35.   (A)


Krueger Beer- like 90/33, only with silver trim.  (A)


Lancer’s A-1 Beer – by Arizona Brewing Co., Phoenix, AZ. The matching 16 oz can is pictured (231/28), but not the 12 oz.  (A)


Lucky Beer – like 93/19 (without the large red 12 OZ) but from Azusa, CA. (N,A)


Lucky Lager Beer – like 92/31-32. USBC shows the can with the AGE-Dated stamp in 2 of 4 possible positions.  I have dumped this can with the AGE-DATED stamp in ALL FOUR POSITIONS on the same can.  Mine is an over-paint I had to rub down, so may not be a legit variation, but is nonetheless interesting!


Lucky Lager Beer– like 93/30-32 from Salt Lake City, UT. Has AGE DATED oval top left on first side (side to the right of the seam as cans in USBC are pictured). (A)


Lucky Lager Beer – matches 93/11 only is by Interstate Brewery Co., Vancouver, WASH. This is an IRTP can, with others pending, DATED BEER in the circle, and EXTRA DRY  at the bottom. It also contains NMT 4%. (A) (Mine was canned 2-14-40 )


Mann-Chester Beer – matches 94-30 but is a silver can, not gold. I can’t imagine mine is faded, although it is a dumper.  (I haven’t gone as far as peeling back the rim to look for gold). Is this a legit can? Anybody?  And what’s the deal with 94/28 and 94/29. How are they different?


Meister Brau Pilsener Beer – 98/40 - I believe this is a  typo - should be by Meister Brau, not Peter Hand.  (Look at the M/B stein logo (A)


Meister Brau Bock Beer – just like 99/3 but no certificate on the right side of the label. (A)


Meister Brau Bock Beer – like 99/8 except by Peter Hand. Writing at the bottom says “Peter Hand Brewery Company, Chicago, Illinois”  (N)


Metz Beer – like 99/13, by Metz Brewing Co., Pueblo, CO, but writing in top and bottom gold bands is in blue, not white. (CCC)


Miller Beer – The black can without IRTP. This can comes with New York Office, New York City NY on the first line in the red band at the seam. There is probably a matching IRTP can out there too. (A)


Milwaukee Premium Beer – like 100/4 as it has the black band around the circle. However, the contents in red letters at the bottom are much taller.  This can is also a 60’s glued seam can and is therefore dull in appearance compared to the other metallic cans. (A)


Narragansett Gold Label Ale – like 101/18 but there are no pictures of ingredients - leaves and stalks are not present.  Also, GOLD LABEL is in white lettering, and FAMOUS is in smaller lettering. Lists 3 patent numbers. (A)


Narragansett Select Stock Beer – like 101/27, a non-IRTP can, but “Narragansett” is written in green, not black. Also the words FAMOUS and SELECT STOCK are in smaller letters on this can. This can also has the leaves and stalks pictured around the label like on 101/18-19. (CCC)  (see BCU 96/31)


National Bohemian Beer – 102/22 This Detroit can is listed as a one face can.  All my cronies agree this is a two face can.  This is the can with the contents in yellow bottom face. All earlier cans are without the contents and are one face cans, regardless of which plant they came from. (CCC)


National Bohemian Beer – like 102/26. This 60’s Detroit flat also comes without any white on the can. (see 102/10-12, the 3 Baltimore cans in USBC for comparison-there are probably all 3 from Detroit out there somewhere!)  They got to save a few bucks by dropping the white on a few batches I guess. They don’t hold up worth a crap in the dump either. 


Nectar Premium Beer – like 102/30 but an older can, with  “Brewed and Packed by” along the bottom, but the word “Illinois” does not appear.  As a result, the brewery wording has been re-centered. The word “ambrosia” now appears under the “N”. (A)


9-0-5 Premium Beer  like 103/27, only the second line of brewery info is in much shorter text.  (see BCU 98/1)


9-0-5 Premium Beer  -  this Chicago can has two lines of print in red letters at the bottom face, just like the matching South Bend can (103/27).  (N)


Old Bohemian Light Beer – like 104/13, the cream colored can.  However, this can is by Eastern Brewing Corp., Hammonton, NJ (A)


Old Bohemian Light Beer – like 104/26 only a metallic silver.  The can shown is a later glued-seam dull can. (A)


Old Bohemian Bock Beer – like 104/27 but by EASTERN BEVERAGE CORP  (A)


Old Dutch Ale  - like 105/28. This can came in a silver and a dull gray variety. (as did the matching Beer cans 105/34-35.


Old Dutch Beer – There are actually four variations of this elusive white flat top can from Catasauqua, PA. The can not pictured is most like 106/7, which has a metallic red brand name, as do the two similar cans pictured.  My can has OLD DUTCH in a bright enamel red, and the word BEER is in red metallic letters.  On all 3 the other cans, BEER is in white letters.  The horizontal lines on my can are thinner than on 106/7, but thicker than on 106/8.


Old Georgetown Beer – like 106/15. The dark brown can is pictured. I also have a light brown can. (Both from the SAME DUMP!) This same variation is pictured on the newer cans (106/16-17). (C)


Old German Brand Beer – like 106/35 by Colonial Brewing Co, Hammonton, NJ.  I have a metallic and a dull version of this can. Can’t tell which one is shown!  (A)


Old Style Lager Beer – check out 108/9-10.  I have a third can that I think chronologically fits between the two. 

bullet108/10 Light green color, BEER to the right of LAGER, no 4 lines of script (CCC)
bulletN/L Medium green color, BEER under “ER” of “LAGER”, no 4 lines of script (CCC)
bullet108/9 Dark Green color, BEER under “ER” of “LAGER”, has the 4 lines of script top left face  (?)


Ox Head Beer – like 109/24 but with “IN KEGLINED CANS”  above COOL BEFORE SERVING.  (A)