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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (January 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811875415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811875417
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Becker is a Midwest-born designer who studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati. He lives and works in San Francisco.

Lance Wilson is a designer residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Customer Reviews

Good for beer enthusiasts and can collectors.
Susan V Butler
Each time I flip through it I learn something interesting about the history of the brands and notice new details on the cans.
Gina Day
This book really shows off vintage art and design from old cans.
Jayeon Kim

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Solano on April 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
While, I'm not an avid collector- I'm a loyal beer drinker and this book looks awesome next to all my mixology and cocktail titles. The creative direction is impressive, the photos are worthy of framed artwork and I never get bored flipping through it. I plan on getting my Dad and brother copies too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jason crase on April 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
While I can see how this book would not fulfill the need of those avid collectors looking for a book to fill their particular niche - mint examples of obscure cans - it does do what it claims to do quite well. "Beer" is a portrait of a single collection with the focus less on obscurity and more on aesthetics. From a design perspective this book is nearly perfect - a collection of well shot graphics spanning, more or less, the better part of the 20th century. Beautifully laid out, "Beer" also presents a bit of history to support the photos. If you're a seasoned collector this book is probably not for you. However, for the designers out there who happen to love beer - or even those of you just looking for something nice to have on the coffee table - get psyched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on April 14, 2011
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I think the photos of the beer cans are quite remarkable. I am not a collector just someone who sells a lot of beer and found it a unique item to show and discuss with customers. The beer drinkers of the world seem to thoroughly enjoy looking through it and commenting on the variety cans and how they have evolved through the years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AP on April 12, 2011
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The photography is amazing. Really highlights old beer-can designs well. As a designer, it's a great book to look through, especially for some inspiration. Good mix of brands too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gina Day on April 11, 2011
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I am blown away by the photography and design of this book as well as the rarity of the cans featured. Each time I flip through it I learn something interesting about the history of the brands and notice new details on the cans. It's fun to look through and see all the quirky characters, rustic details, and variety of typography captured in these crisp and beautifully edited images. Cheers to a unique collection of beer cans and to the skillful hands that created this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Mackey on April 8, 2011
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I feel that the previous reviewers were only disappointed due to preconceived notions. I do not speak from a collectors perspective, but I found BEER to be very entertaining and quite interesting. All of the cans are photographed with the utmost attention to detail. The foreword in the book tells the story of how most of the collection was literally dug from the ground, which the rusted and worn cans attest to. The book focuses on beer can design, highlighting quarky and obscure cans throughout the century.

Overall, it is a great book with amazing photographs and relevant historical information. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jayeon Kim on April 8, 2011
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I'm not some serious beer can collector at all, yet I always appreciate beautiful vintage stuff. That's exactly why I adore this book. This book really shows off vintage art and design from old cans. I've never seen cans with cute goats and pumpkins illustrated on a beer can. The photos of the cans are big and gorgeous. The variety of the images is also great. I see some talk about the rust as a negative thing but I, as a non-collector, think it actually reveals part of the natural beauty of vintage cans.

They've got small interesting stories about some cans, which gives the book more warmth and personality.
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Good for beer enthusiasts and can collectors. Would have like to see a little more written descriptions. Entertaining and attractive visual presentation.
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