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Aspen Beer can prop from Alien

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Aug 20th, 2015. Artwork published in .
    Original prop for sale at the Prop Store of London.
    Source: http://forum.alienslegacy.com Image © The Prop Store Ltd. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Original prop for sale at the Prop Store of London.

    In the 1979 film Alien, “Aspen Beer was a brand manufactured by Weyland-Yutani in the 22nd century and brewed in Aspen, Colorado, United States. The beer came in a 6"-tall 440 ml press button can with the Aspen Beer logo on it. While a real world brewery does exist in Aspen, Colorado, called Aspen Brewery Company, it was launched in March 2008 and apparently bears no relation to the Aspen Beer in Alien.” — Xenopedia

    There have been various replicas of the prop, but many use inaccurate fonts. The original appears to use Stilla (with a customized swash ‘A’ and alt ‘N’) for the logo, an unidentified typewriter face for “BEER”, and Rockwell for all other type.

    The can designer is unknown, but here are the film’s art and production credits:
    Production Design: Michael Seymour
    Art Direction: Roger Christian, Leslie Dilley
    Set Decoration: Ian Whittaker

    Original prop for sale at the Prop Store of London.
    Source: http://www.lastexittonowhere.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Replica label t-shirt, with “BEER” set in Courier.

    Original prop for sale at the Prop Store of London.
    Source: http://www.lastexittonowhere.com Reproduction label t-shirt by Last Exit to Nowhere. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Replica label t-shirt.

    Original prop for sale at the Prop Store of London.
    Source: http://www.lastexittonowhere.com Reproduction label t-shirt by Last Exit to Nowhere. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Replica label t-shirt.

    Original prop for sale at the Prop Store of London.
    “Alien” ©1979 Twentieth Century Fox. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Crew members of the USCSS Nostromo drink Aspen Beer in the mess hall. This is shortly before Gilbert Kane has some stomach discomfort, but it’s not the beer’s fault.

    Original prop for sale at the Prop Store of London.
    Source: http://www.thepropgallery.com Image © The Prop Gallery Limited. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Original prop for sale at the the Prop Gallery.

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    • Stilla
    • Rockwell
    • unidentified typeface

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    1 Comment on “Aspen Beer can prop from Alien

    1. Nick Sherman says:
      Aug 20th, 2015  7:44 am

      The “BEER” type in the original looks like Serifa from these images.

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