NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Last February, an Ohio family sold their father's 5,000-beer can collection to a brewery in East Texas. After traveling more than a thousand miles, the family made a visit to see an unusual collection in its new home at the Fredonia Brewery on Sunday.
"There are about 5,000 cans. Dad had about the same number, about 2,400 on the wall in his basement and the rest of them he had stacked in his storeroom as his trading cans," said Steve Allerding, who is the son of John and Esther Allerding.
Unimaginable even for its former owners, the Allerdings sold their father's collection in the beginning of 2016 after he passed away to the partners of the newly opened brewery.
"Seeing the collection and being in Steve dad's house, you could tell there was so much feelings and emotion. It was just everywhere while we were loading these cans up," said Vince Beard, one of the partners to the brewery in Nacogdoches.
As if taking a step back in time, the partners see the collection not only as a part of history but as a work of art.
"The cone-top cans were the first beer cans. They were made in a shape of the cone, so that they would fit the bottling plants that were already in existence," Steve said.
The history was also something the family experienced.
"It was a back-drop in a very loving home and it means a lot to us," said Peg Allerding, Steve's wife.
Soon, friends and family began sending the Allerding family cans from foreign countries. Now seeing the beer can display in its new home, the family reminisced on the sentimental memories.
"Seeing it here was certainly emotional, but also inspirational. It was something he (dad) loved," Steve said.
The collection is on display now at the Fredonia Brewery at the corner of Mound and Hospital Streets.
It's a place for the family- and dog-friendly. Click here to visit the Fredonia Brewery's Facebook page.