Crows Nest collector Joyce McKenzie celebrates the 77th birthday of the beer can.
Crows Nest collector Joyce McKenzie celebrates the 77th birthday of the beer can. Callum Bentley

Here's cheers to prized beer can

AVID accumulator Joyce McKenzie celebrated the 77th birthday of the beer can yesterday in style, surrounded by a "couple of thousand" of her most prized possessions.

Beer Can Appreciation Day, as January 24 is known in certain circles, is the annual celebration of the humble beer can's debut onto the commercial market.

On that day back in 1935, the first beer in a can was sold in Richmond, Virginia, USA. The can revolution hit Australian shores in 1958, as VB became the first Australian beer to be sold in a can.

"None of mine are that old - I've only been collecting for about 15 years, so my collection isn't as big as others," Ms McKenzie said.

"Some people have tens of thousands of cans filling up their whole house."

Every year Mrs Joyce and a handful of the region's collectors fill a suitcase with their finest tinnies to attend the annual National Canfest.

"We had the Canfest in Bendigo just on Monday," she said.

"It shows you what a big thing can collecting has become.

"Cans can cost anything from $5 to $500 - you'd be amazed what some people are willing to pay."


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