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Beer Houses

The family and I are in Toronto, Canada for a combination mini-vacation and to attend a friend and colleague’s wedding reception, so posts will be lighter for a few days. Doing some image searching lately, I’ve come across quite a few beer houses of one type or another. Sensing a theme, here are some of the things I found.

First, there was this house that looks like a wooden keg, somewhere in Asia by the looks of it.

This is more of a beer facade, I suppose, but it struck as me as mildly funny, though perhaps the apartment-dwellers not in 6F were not as amused.

In the Summer 2004 edition of the newsletter, Recycling Rag, featured a new technique for siding a house with squashed aluminum cans developed by an architect in Silver Spring, Maryland, Richard Van Os Keuls. So far it’s pretty low-tech, but apparently he’s working on a commercial application once he figures out a machine to uniformly squash the cans.

There’s much more information about Van Os Keuls’ house in the newsletter.

In early 2007, I wrote an article exploring the world of beer geeks for Beer Advocate magazine. In researching the piece, I came across the Houston Beer Can House, of which I had only been vaguely aware of before that time. But I’d never visited it, so after I attended the Craft Brewers Conference in Austin, the family and I headed to Houston to take my son Porter to the Space Center. But we found time to stop by the Beer Can House, which is now owned by a local arts foundation, The Orange House Center For Visionary Art. They recently renovated it, inside and out, and now it’s open to the public. When we were there, it still wasn’t open, so we could only see it from the sidewalk, but even from there we could see quite a bit. I took a ton of photos, which I finally posted in the photo gallery.

The Beer Can House, in Houston, Texas.


For many more photos of the Beer Can House in Houston, Texas, visit the photo gallery.

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