Tooth’s Brewery Steel Cans ‘The Bigger the Better’, Poster


The first beer cans in Australia were made of steel and had to be opened with a ‘church key’ – an implement that punched a triangular hole in each side of the lid.  Cans initially had opening instructions printed on the lids. 

The American Can company invented the world’s first beer cans in the dying days of prohibition. The first beer to be distributed in cans was Krueger’s Special Beer, a 3.5% lager which was the strongest beer that was allowed under prohibition. Their first brew was canned in December 1933.

Carton & United were the first to release beer in cans, with Victoria Bitter being closely followed by Foster’s Lager.  Tooth’s and other large Australian breweries didn’t start canning until the early 1960s.

The South Australian Brewing Company started canning West End XXX Bitter, West End Stout, Southwark Bitter and Adelaide Light, with Coopers starting soon after with their Sparkling Ale, Best Extra Stout and Light Dinner Ale. The first beer cans in Australia were made of steel and were the traditional flat top style.

The next development, in 1969, was the ring-pull can, first used by the Swan Brewery in Perth. The ring pull avoided the need for a can opener, but created a litter problem that was only solved with the pop-top that arrived in the mid 1970s. In 1970, Boags in Tasmania were the first to introduce light-weight aluminium cans.



This is a fantastic Australian brewery poster to compliment any wall. These prints
are highly collectable and a refreshing way to bring colour and verve onto any wall.
Our high quality art prints come professionally printed on art paper stock which
allows for a vivid image with exceptional colour vibrance and print quality. You will
not be disappointed with the quality and workmanship. We have an extensive
collection of brewery photographic and poster art and if you require something not
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