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A milestone worth toasting

Kai Ryssdal Jan 24, 2011

This final note today. A historical milestone in the marketing of one of my favorite beverages. On this day in 1935, the first canned beer in the United States went on sale in Richmond, Va.

Two things to note: One is that despite their reputation, cans are actually better for beer than glass bottles — they protect their cargo from damaging sunlight. Hence all the brown beer bottles. Two: I’m really more of a beer in a glass kind of guy anyway.

Photo: Kai Ryssdal and Greg Koch, co-owner of Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, Calif., say “cheers” during an interview. Credit: Jolie Myers/Marketplace

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