With all new breweries canning their products today, will the hobby of beer can collecting start expanding again? There are a lot of beautiful cans coming out and these examples are newly released from Alaskan Brewing. Most breweries in Alberta are canning today, but still using stick on labels, I predict a number of them will switch to lithographed cans in the next few years.
When prohibition ended in 1924, Alberta had a few years before the government banned beer advertising. This cardboard sign was used in public transit at that time and is a very rare item.
On July 1, 1916, the Alberta govenment instituted prohibition. The breweries responded with some brands of near beer. Calgary brewery named their beer after the warm wind that softens winter on the prairies. Although the beer never sold well it is nice to see a few examples remain to remind us of that strange time.
I managed to purchase this unusual Lethbridge bottle a few weeks back. I think it is from between 1907 and 1914. A strange brand from the early days of Fritz Sick. It is always great to collect such an early example of Alberta history.
Calgary Steve has done an awesome job of updating the list of breweries that was originally in Richard Sweet’s book. There have been so many new breweries opened in the past few years that it is work that really needed to be done. I had to add it in two sections so that it was clearly readable.
Previous to the start of World War one in 1914, a lot of pottery beer mugs were imported from Germany. Alberta breweries ordered a distinctive shaped mug or glass called a beaker in the sales literature. Calgary Jim recently obtained a nice example from Lethbridge Brewing that is imprinted with the Alberta’s Pride brand. Beside it is an example of the exact same shape beaker from Golden West in Calgary, I wonder if other Alberta breweries also used this style of advertising mug. Keep looking!
Sorry about the beer can in the photo, I could not figure out how to crop the photo, but it is a nice can as well from the Port Dover motorcycle show.