Chic Packaging Design of Metal Cone-Top Beer Cans

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Source: Kevin Logan

“What was the first type of beer can?” Not a question that typically comes up in conversation, unless you’re a beer enthusiast. The answer is the flat top, but the beer can wasn’t always flat. It was cone-shaped at one point. By the late 1930s, both flat- and cone-top cans were distributed; by the 1950s, the flat-topped version became the preferred form, because it filled faster and stacked easier, according to Dan Morean’s “A Brief History of the Beer Can” at

Though the cone-top beer can is noteworthy for its form, its packaging design also stands out, as in these examples:

Source: Kevin Logan

Source: Patty Boh

The lettering, illustrative elements and colors still look and feel fresh. Cheers!

Nate Burgos is a designer who is ever-curious about design and designing at Design Feast.

Related: Collection of cone-top beer cans at Dan Morean’s


Comments (2)

  1. Jay O'Neill says:

    The thing about the cone top cans was that they allowed the breweries to fill cans on their existing packaging lines. They were already filling bottles and sealing those with caps. They could put these cans in the same lines. The move to a flat topped canning line required a significant capital investment in new equipment.

  2. cabbagestack says:

    Would have been nice if you had given the time period when the cone top was predominant or at least, when it was very widely used.

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