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Beer: The Designs of Drinking

Wine labels have recently received acclaim for their more astute designs so its high time beer branders were awarded the same salute. A new coffee table-topper from Chronicle Books, Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans, peers into the 1,400-plus collection of beer can-enthusiast John Russo and presents nearly 500 of the most interesting finds that represent craft breweries now out of business and iconic brands that have continually altered their image throughout the last half decade. Compiled by Dan Becker (Russo's stepson) and Lance Wilson, the book is a glimpse of drinking days of yore and an ode to the long lost cone top and crowntainer cans. Bottoms up!

Russo began collecting beer cans during the summer of fifth grade. By the time the first school bell of the fall was ringing, he'd racked up more than 300 cans and his father was bringing back more whenever he traveled for business. After years in boxes, Russo's wife encouraged him to proudly display them, at which time Becker finally became privy to their beauty.

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