Vintage Billy Beer cans

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2015-06-26 10:31:13

Vintage Billy Beer cans are collectible items of breweriana advertising.

According to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition, “vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Billy Beer

Billy Beer had a brief career between 1977 and 1978.

It was first produced by the Kentucky, US-based Falls City Brewing Company.

Unable to cope with production demands, Cold Spring Brewing, West End Brewing and the Pearl Brewing Company were contracted to produce the beverage.

Production ceased in 1978 following poor sales figures.

Vintage Billy Beer cans

Vintage Billy Beer cans were produced during the late 1970s.

In addition to the “Billy” title they feature an endorsement by then president Jimmy Carter’s brother, Billy.

How much are vintage Billy Beer cans worth?

Opened vintage Billy Beer cans have sold for around $5 at internet auctions in the past, with unopened versions achieving similar figures.

A myth was perpetuated via newspaper advertising campaigns in the early 1980’s that Billy Beer cans were extremely rare.

The advertisements offered Billy Beer cans for three and sometimes four figure sums.

Although close to 9m empty cans were melted down in October 1978, so many were produced that they are not particularly rare today.

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