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21 Historical Beer Cans From Around The World

Ye Ol' Watering Hole's beer can museum in Northampton, MA is an awesome tribute to one of the world's most influential vessels. We made a visit during our MINI NOT NORMAL Road Trip and were amazed by the huge collection.

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Legend has it, in 1942, five young friends about to serve in World War II came into the Ye Ol' Watering Hole for a farewell toast. Each friend placed a full can of beer on the wall, and they all vowed to drink them when they got back. But only three of the five men came home. The survivors drank their three cans, and placed the empties next to the two full ones in honor of their comrades.

The five cans sat on the wall until 1970, when the bar's owner got the idea to collect cans and display them alongside the original five.

12. In the 1870s, Anheuser-Busch became the first American brewery to implement pasteurization, which greatly improved the shelf life and transportability of its beers... As did the can, which Anheuser-Busch began using in 1936.

21. The Ye Ol' Watering Hole doesn't buy, sell, or trade cans. They do, however, accept can donations, and offer free billiards Monday through Wednesday. Stop by for a fresh-squeezed grapefruit drink or a can of beer the next time you're in Northampton.

All photos by Joseph Lin / BuzzFeed