Asahi Gold

11 Oct

Today we went to a neighborhood festival that we usually go to every year.

While we were there, I went to buy a beer…and I found a retro style can of beer by Asahi Beer, so I bought a can.

Asahi Gold 50 year anniversary re-issue

Asahi Gold 50 year anniversary re-issue

It’s a re-issue of their “Asahi Gold Beer” in a can that looks like it did when that beer was sold in Japan fifty years ago.

Asahi Beer is selling this beer for a limited time only in the special retro design cans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Asahi Gold beer and also the 120th anniversary of Asahi breweries itself.


The original Asahi Gold beer that went on sale in 1958 in Japan was sold in cans without any tab on the top of the cans! A can opener was needed to punch two holes in the top of the can to drink the beer!

1950's can of Asahi Gold Beer with no tab on top.

1950's can of Asahi Gold Beer with no tab on top.

This was also Asahi Beer‘s first beer sold in a can (rather than a glass bottle).

Of course, the cans of this beer being sold today have the easy-to-open tabs on top.

This is a good beer. I recommend buying some while they’re available.

I have a collection of unique beer bottles and cans…I’ve added this one to my collection!

12 Responses to “Asahi Gold”

  1. Sir Pent October 14, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    It’s a scene with Paul Lynde where the main character (a send-up of Elvis) asks him for a churchkey.

    I loves me some Paul Lynde!!


    • tokyo5 October 15, 2009 at 12:42 am #

      I’m sure you saw the Paul Lynde Halloween Special in 1978 in which KISS were guests.


  2. Vile October 14, 2009 at 12:39 am #



  3. Sir Pent October 13, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    I don’t think it’s the official name…just standard slang. I just always thought it was funny.

    The term was used to great comedic effect in the movie BYE BYE BIRDIE. (I’m guessing you’re not a fan of musicals, though.)


    • tokyo5 October 14, 2009 at 12:30 am #

      I’ve never heard of “Bye Bye Birdie“.
      You’re right…I’m not really a fan of musicals. I saw “Grease” and “The Wizard Of Oz” when I was a kid and my daughter recommended “The Sound Of Music“, so I watched it.

      Those are the only musicals that I can think of that I’ve ever seen.

      How could a can opener be used to “great comedic effect”?


  4. Sir Pent October 13, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    I always found this term funny:


    • tokyo5 October 13, 2009 at 12:23 am #

      Yes, that’s the type of opener that was needed for the early beer cans.

      Thanks. I didn’t know what it was called.


  5. Mb October 12, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    I didn’t know you collected them. Where do you keep them? Do you collect anything else?

    Is beer very popular in Japan? How about cocktails or wine? We like cocktails best, but I’ll try any of the above.


    • tokyo5 October 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

      >I didn’t know you collected them. Where do you keep them?

      Not so many. Only very unusual or limited-edition cans and bottles that catch my attention.

      I keep them in the kitchen.

      >Do you collect anything else?

      Not seriously.

      >Is beer very popular in Japan?


      >How about cocktails or wine?

      They’re popular too. Especially “Chu-hi” (Japanese alcohol and juice) in a can.

      As for me, beer is best…but I like all alcohol! 🙂


  6. Tornadoes28 October 12, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    Mmmm, now I’m thirsty for some good Japanese beer.


    • tokyo5 October 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

      Japanese beer must be expensive to buy in America!


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