A Brief History of Flat Top Beer Cans

The Bottle Cap

On February 2, 1892, the bottling of liquids changed forever with the invention of the crown cap. William Painter, an inventor from Ireland who emigrated to the U.S. in the mid-19th century, designed the crown cap (or crown cork), a piece of metal with 24 teeth that clamped around the round mouth of a glass bottle of soda or, more importantly, beer. Rather than pop a cork from a pressurized bottle, you would now need a bottle opener to get at your drink.

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