Beer Can Drinkage on the Rise, So is Beer Can Art. Let's Enjoy a Little of Both.

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that canned beer sales are up, partially thanks to all you hipsters and your PBR habit. The exact quote, which reads a bit like a schoolmarm talking about farting:

"Hipsters, a subculture of urban, young adults whose tastes run toward independent music and films and non-traditional fashion, may have given the trend another push when Pabst Blue Ribbon, the flagship brew of Pabst Brewing Co., became one of their signature drinks."

There are plenty of reasons to drink beer from cans, especially in settings where an errant bottle can result in a painful mess, like when a thick piece of amber glass finds its way to a riverbed, beach or lake. And it's been said that canned beer allows less light in than amber glasses and therefore protects the beer better. (Argue with an Actual Science Guy if you feel the need.)

Bloomberg also attributes the 5 percent can spike (versus bottles) over the past few years to the recession. So, when you plop down your case of Natty Light at the neighborhood block party, just shrug and say, "Hey, we're in a recession."

No matter, cans are just more fun. Beer cans appeal to our sense of fashion, adventure and craft. Like the picture of the house in Fort Worth. Can you imagine how that conversation went down about how they should collect all their beer cans for a month (week?) and string them up around the house?

As we close out the week and slowly inch towards Beer:30 o'clock, lets be inspired with beer art.

Here are some lovely succulents chilling at The Foundry.


Surely these delicate butterflies made by artist Paul Villinski are made from Highlife cans.


A 1963 Airstream trailer made from 260 Lone Star tall boys designed by English and Associates Architects in Houston.


The art of peaceful solitude.


Pabst Blue Ribbon has a site solely dedicated to art and apparently the beer serves as inspiration to a multitude of mediums.


The original: John Milkovisch's pad in Houston, which he started beer-canning in 1968, has an estimated 50,000 cans.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.