First brewed: 1873
What it changed: Coors wasn’t the first beer to use the aluminum can. Hawaii’s Primo beat them to the punch a year prior in 1958. But Coors did pioneer the idea of the seamless, recyclable can. And the company also instituted the “Cash for Cans” program, which rewarded each can with a penny. These days, bottle returns are the norm and tin cans are obsolete, meaning the arts of shotgunning and can-collecting owe Golden, CO, a debt of gratitude.
First brewed: 1999
What it changed: At nearly 20%, World Wide Stout was named the strongest beer in the world. Sixteen years later, the ABV arms race rages on, with legions of drinkers looking not at BTU or gravity, but a percentage mark next to the name of a beer. And while WWS has since been dwarfed by beers that are more or less whiskeys, it remains a gold standard of strength and taste