Earlier this month, Narragansett announced it was bringing back its classic 1975 can — the same one famously crushed by Captain Sam Quint — in honor of the 39th anniversary of Jaws. The brewery is only the latest to join a growing trend of beer companies reissuing popular cans of yesteryear, with Miller Lite also recently releasing its own classic can. But the move is not just a clever marketing effort, it’s also a throwback to what some believe is a dying art.
Beer cans have a storied history of sporting some pretty alluring designs, which has solidified their status as sought-after collector’s items. To give a little taste of that history, we’ve assembled 15 of the coolest, most engaging can designs in the history of beer — many from now-defunct breweries. So go ahead, crack one open and see why modern beer companies could learn a thing or two from their elders.