Some of the more interesting cans are the "store brands." These are cans packaged and sold for a particular commercial interest, usually a grocery or a liquor store. They have also been brewed for clubs, bars, drug stores, and restaurants. These cans range from the very common to the very rare. Some of the more famous brands include 905, Brown Derby, Katz, Hoffman House and 7-11. The rarest may be the green and brown Brown Derby can produced for Safeway by Humboldt Brewing in Eureka, California in the 1930s.
|Some of the store brand/private labels flats in my collection.|
The chart below lists the different brands and who sold them. I have added pictures to many of them and some have links to larger pictures. I am also slowly adding the brewer(s) that produced these beers. If more than one brewer made a particular beer, then I listed them all. Please note that sometimes a single brewer might have used more than one name. For example, Canadian Ace in Chicago also used Atlas, Jester, United States and other names as well as "Canadian Ace." The brewery name in bold is the brewer that produced the can pictured in the righthand column. If more than one brewery produced the design pictured, I highlighted each brewery that used that particular can design.
|7/11||Spearman, Quality, Best, Altes, Eastern Brewing, Century||7/11|
|905||Gold Brau, Atlas, 905, Drewry's, Sterling.||905 Liquor Stores|
|Acme||Acme (i.e. Grace Bros.), Cereal Products Ref. Co,||Bohemian Distributing|
|Astro Home||Astro Home Liquors|
|B&B Beer||Rainier, Southern||Better Buy Wholesale Groceries,
This is a favorite of mine. The side panel photo is of the can in my collection.
|Beer & Light Beer||Schnucks Markets|
|Bel Air||Horlacher||Home Liquors|
|Big Apple||Waukee||Big Apple Supermarket|
|Bohack||Richards||A New York grocery store chain. Closed in the 1970s. Seen in the 1968 movie "The Odd Couple" (thanks Andy for the tip!).|
|Brown Derby||Humboldt, Grace Bros LTD., Los Angeles, Maier, Rainier, Grace Bros., Best, Empire, United States, Eastern Brewing, Salem Assn., Century, Atlantic, K.C. Best, Columbia, Silver Springs.||Safeway|
|Bulldog||Acme (i.e. Grace Bros.), Maier, California, Grace Brothers, Atlas, Drewry's.||Bohemian Distributing Company|
|Camden||Camden Country||Camden County Beverage|
|Clear Lake Beer||Grace Bros.||United Grocers of California|
|Club Special||Maier||Marine Club at Camp Pendleton.|
|Coburger||Horlacher, Old Dutch||R. S. Wood Inc.|
|Custom Club||Grace Bros.||San Francisco Grocery Co.|
|Dart Premium||Dart Drugs|
|Einbock||Grace Bros.||Wellington Beverage|
|El Rancho Beer||United Grocers of California|
|Elder Brau||Grace Bros., Maier, Arizona.||Wellington Beverage|
|Embassy Club||Spearman, Best, Metropolis, Champale, Embassy Club,||National Tea Company
(to be confirmed)
|Finast||Golden Brew, Eastern Corp.||First National Stores (a chain in the North-east)|
|Fisher's||Atlantic, Queen City, Fischer, Cumberland||Piggly Wiggley (to be confirmed)|
|GEM, GES, GEX||Colonial, Fuhrmann & Schmidt, Atlas, Drewry's||Federal Government Stores|
||a wine store(s) in Boston.
||picture to come.
|Gilt Edge||Gilt Edge, Hornell, Century||Grand Union Supermarkets|
|Gold Mug||Lebanon Valley||P. Donohue & Sons|
|Golden Crown||Grace Bros Ltd., Southern, Maier, Grace Bros.||Market Basket|
|Grand Union||Gilt Edge||Grand Union|
|Hoffman House||Hoffman, Walter||Hoffman House Liquor|
|Hillman's||Peter Fox, Best, Empire, United States||Hillman's Pure Foods (Chicago grocery store)
These cans were previously known only from pictures in advertisements from the 1930s, until they were discovered (separately) by Rusty Bunch members. Both are one-of-a-kind cans, no others known.
(You may click on the Hillman's on the right to see a larger photo.)
|Hub Draft||Horlacher||Two Guys, Circle, and Hub Liquors|
|Hynne||Metz, Walter||Fed Mart|
|JayVee Beer||Grace Bros.||JayVee Liquor Stores|
Jennings Liquor Store, Minneapolis.
|Katz Premium||Best, Schoenhofen-Edelweiss, Drewry's||Katz Drug Stores|
|King Cole||Maier||King Cole Supermarkets|
|King Kullen||King Kullen Grocery|
|L & M||ABC, Maier||White Front Stores|
|LF Holburg||Liquor Fair|
|Lisco: This was an extremely rare can which came as both a cone top and as a flat top. A few more of the cone tops were found in 2002 in the Pacific North West||General Corp., Rainier||Sil's Foods.|
|Little King||Horlacher||American Supermarkets|
|Maid Rite||Grace Bros.||Maid Rite, Kockos Brothers (?)|
|Our||Del Farm & National|
|Padre||Maier||Safeway (in the Western United States)|
|Park||Fuhrmann & Schmidt||Park Beverages|
|PB Class A||Class "A", Horlacher, Wm. Gretz, Esslingers's||Packard-Bamberger|
|Prize||D.G. Yuengling & Son||Food Fair|
|Rheinbeck||Great Eastern Liquors|
|Rosalie||Manhatten||Church Point Wholesale Grocers, Church Point Louisiana. Maybe the most famous private label can for collectors. The rose on the label was copied from a wine bottle. Brewed by Manhatten Brewing in Chicago from 1938-1942, only a small handful still exist. This indoor one was found in the store attic and sold for over $10,000 on Ebay in 2000.|
|Royal||Maier, and ?||Royal Food Markets LA|
|Shop Rite||Horlacher, Old Dutch||Shop Rite Supermarkets|
|Silver Mug||Lebanon Valley||P. Donohue & Sons|
|Ski Country||Foss Drugs (one store in Colorado)|
|Snowcrest||Grace Bros.||Wellington Beverage|
|Super X||Maier, Pacific, Fisher, Lucky Lager, General||not sure yet.|
|Sternewirth||Rice Lake||Otto's Liquors (Minnesota)|
|Super S.||Grace Bros.||Safeway|
|Tahoe Beer||Grace Bros., Maier||Equitable Cash Grocery|
|Town Club||Star, Interstate||Piggly Wiggly|
|Tudor||Spearman, Best, Canadian Ace, Tudor (Chicago), Cumberland, Metropolis (Trenton), Tudor (Trenton), Geo. F. Stein, Hornell, Five Star, Metropolis (New York), Burkhardt, Century, Tudor (Norfolk)||A & P|
|White Bear||White Bear Brewing (Walter's)||Ciresi's Liquor Store, White Bear Lake, Mn.||beware of worthless reissues from the 1970s. The real ones are flat tops from the 1950s.|
|Wilco||Hofbrau||Roger Wilco Liquors|
|Zody's||Maier||Zody's Discount Store|
Also check Groceteria.com for the history of many different grocery store chains.
The following people were kind enough to help me identify brands and brewers. If I left anybody off please let me know...thanks you!
I also used the following print sources...
Andrews, Dan. "Grace Bros. Brewing Co." Beer Can Collector's News Report 23:2 March/April 1993. 7-9.