From the early days of packaging beer in cans, the United States breweries started utilizing their free supplied can openers for advertising. Not only were these church key openers free, they served as a constant reminder to the consumer as to what brand of brew they were drinking. Very clever!
Some of the vintage openers are quite rare today and will really enhance a display of old collectible beer cans. Yet, many more can still be purchased very inexpensively, and that's great news for us hobbyists!
Whether you are seeking a rare antique beer opener to match a specific can, or just want a few of the more common ones, a couple of well placed vintage openers will surely enhance any beer can display!
Even the early cone top openers, which were really bottle openers, had stamped advertising on their thin handles. Brands such as Peter Bub Beer, Kamm's, Fauerbach, Oldbru beer and countless others used advertising on their openers and today make a great piece of beer memorabilia.
Most of us think of the old flat top beer can openers when we're talking can openers. Once the conetop can was phased out, nearly every brewery in the nation gave away the pointed can openers with their flat top cases of canned beer, most with brand name advertising on it.
Labels such as Huber, Genesee, Falstaff, Old Dutch, Stag, Coors, Buckeye Beer, Gunther's and many more breweries and beer brands offered these church key type openers for free. Today they make affordable collectibles that go hand in hand with beer can collections.
If you haven't already, try adding a few openers to your collection and watch as people start to show more interest in your display! These old beer can openers are cheap and easy to find on eBay and with a little patience you can even find some highly sought after rare openers!