Lavaca, Arkansas: Giant Beer Can - As Seen on TVA local farmer -- and beer distributor -- loves Bud so much that he had one of his silos painted to look like a giant version of the familiar can.
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Giant Beer Can - As Seen on TV
A beautiful display of American innovation! This giant Bud can/glorified silo is a sight for the weary traveler![Caitlin G., 07/05/2012]
Giant Beer Can
I am Ronnie Earl Harris Jr, the son of the man who painted the grain silo. I helped Daddy paint it in 1975 or '76. His name was Earl Harris Sr. He passed away in 1999.[Ron Harris, 06/30/2012]
His art lives on!
Giant Beer Can
That's a lot of beer! According to the label, the Giant Beer Can of Lavaca holds 8,734,902 fluid ounces of brew. That is enough beer to fill 8 swimming pools!
But for beer lovers who think more practically, a little calculation can indicate just how big the Lavaca Bud "Can" is supposed to be. If 6 beer drinkers each consumed a 6 pack of 12 ounce cans every single day for the next 50 years, they would still have 872,502 fluid ounces of the ale left. Certainly enough extra refreshment to keep Bud, Weis, and Er croaking in bliss for the rest of their lives (Or a simpler image: 76,000 Razorback fans sitting in a packed Razorback stadium each holding a 115 ounce paper cup.).
If you do stop to take photos, be sure you get a close up of the "contents" above the "B" in Budweiser. I did not even realize this fascinating detail was there until after we got home and I looked at the photos.[Gary Epperson, 09/17/2011]
Yes, the owner of the silo is the owner of the local distributor. How many of you remember the '80s Budweiser commercial where the camera flew over the silo being painted like a Bud? This is the very same silo from that commercial.[Angie, 11/26/2008]
There is a silo in a large field next to a barn that's painted like a Budweiser can. I don't really know if you can just walk right up to it because it's on private property. I live in Fort Smith -- the directions people give around here to Lavaca is "Go east on Rogers Avenue, through Barling, then turn left at the beer can." If we didn't have that beer can, I'm sure some people would forget how to get to Lavaca.[sarah, 04/21/2005]