Beer enthusiasts coming to New Mexico for ‘CANvention’

Beer enthusiasts

Morphy Auctions sold this Pabst Export Beer reverse glass light-up sign for $6,500+ the buyer’s premium in September 2012. Image courtesy of Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Hundreds of collectors of beer cans are coming to New Mexico for a “CANvention.”

The Albuquerque Journal reports the Brewery Collectibles Club of America is scheduled Thursday to begin their three-day national gathering at the Albuquerque Convention Center celebrating different types of beer cans.

The club says the event attracts collectors from around the world who come to trade, buy and sell vintage or craft beer cans. In addition, the club says the gathering is a chance for attendees to taste beer from local brewers in Albuquerque.

The annual gathering began after collector Denver Wright Jr., in October 1969 placed an ad in a St. Louis newspaper asking anyone who collected beer cans to contact him.

Six collectors responded and they held an event in Denver months later.

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