On this date in 1941, as the US faced the possibility of War, the federal government cut the production of tin for civilian purposes. This effectively eliminated the availability of canned beer for the duration. Only months later the government did the same for steel, thus severely curtailing the production of bottle caps. Bar rooms posted signs that read, “When you order Beer from this Tap you save a Cap”. Coors recalled that when delivering bottles to a bar they collected the used caps and employed a crew of people to straighten and salvage the caps for reuse.

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