#TBT: The History of the Budweiser Can
Remember last week when we announced the return of the Battle of the Burger™ event and voting program? (If you don’t, you can learn more about them here!) To continue the excitement, we’re using this Throwback Thursday to recognize presenting sponsor Budweiser — an acclaimed companion to any burger — and their iconic can.
Originally released in 1936, the Budweiser can has donned 12 different designs throughout its storied history, beginning with a trio of gold and olive cans and eventually evolving into the bow-tie-emblazoned variety we’ve come to love. Introduced following the Great Depression, the cans gained mass appeal and were a welcomed addition to the brew scene. Since then, the can has been redesigned to introduce the latest materials (an all-aluminum can in 1963) and features (a tab top can in 1964 and a QR code in 2011).
Aside from the first two varieties, all of the cans have prominently featured the color red, with the latest version also adopting the Budweiser creed and Anheuser-Busch medallion.
However, while the can has changed and modernized, its contents remain the same. Each can is filled with a medium-bodied brew made following the same family recipe used by five generations of Busch family brewmasters. This longstanding commitment is why the beer has amassed legions of loyal fans — loyal fans who take their Bud and burgers very seriously.
Join likeminded brew fans by voting for your favorite burger once a day, every day from July 5th to July 25th in the Battle of the Burger voting program. For every vote you cast, you can enter a weekly sweepstakes to win Philadelphia Phillies tickets and official Budweiser grilling swag (think: apron, grill mitt, spatula, Budweiser BBQ sauce and a keychain) or the grand prize, which includes two tickets for Budweiser’s Made in America Festival, a Weber Home Grill and the aforementioned Budweiser merch.
After voting is completed, the top two eateries will face-off live at the Battle of the Burger™ event on August 24th. There, attendees will be able to sample both of the top burgers, enjoy a refreshing Budweiser, meet the Clydesdale horses and cast their votes for the ultimate winner.
Want to try all of the entries with a refreshing Budweiser before the big match-up? Here’s a list of the participating bars and restaurants. Good luck and don’t forget your appetite!
BlackJax American Pub and Grill, Birdsboro
Pike Cafe, Reading
Steam Pub, Southampton
Baileys Bar & Grille, Levittown
Green Parrot Restaurant Pub & Patio, Newtown
Xlounge at Parx Casino, Bensalem
Barnaby’s Restaurant and Pub, West Chester, West Chester
Ram’s Head Bar & Grill, West Chester
Saloon 151, West Chester
Casey’s Saloon and Restaurant, Ridley Park, Ridley Park
Casey’s Saloon – Drexel Hill & Ridley Park, Drexel Hill
Lion’s Head Bar & Grill, Milmont Park
The Brick House, Pottstown
The Drake Tavern, Jenkintown
Gravel Pike Inn, Graterford
Union Jacks Pub, Glenside
Hop Angel Brauhaus, Philadelphia
Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe, Philadelphia
The Union Tap, Philadelphia