This Beer's On the House

Whither Bluto Blutarsky?

Steven Averett, Content Director, Waste Group

May 1, 2008

1 Min Read
This Beer's On the House

They say recycling begins at home, but on it? From 1968 until his death in 1988, Houston upholsterer John Milkovisch collected beer cans and used their crushed and dismantled remains to clad and decorate his home. During those 20 years, it is estimated that he downed 50,000 cans of lager, resulting in entire walls of do-it-yourself aluminum siding and dense chains of garlands made from can lids and tabs.

Known to locals simply as the Beer Can House, the structure recently underwent a seven-year, $400,000 restoration in preparation for its dedication as a monument open to the public. On display inside is a quote from Milkovisch, reading, “They say every man should leave something to be remembered by. At least I accomplished that goal.”

As if the biggest beer belly in Texas wasn't enough.
Source: New York Times

About the Author(s)

Steven Averett

Content Director, Waste Group, Waste360

Steven Averett joined the Waste Age staff in February 2006. Since then he has helped the magazine expand its coverage and garner a range of awards from FOLIO, the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS). He recently won a Gold Award from ASBPE for humor writing.

Before joining Waste Age, Steven spent three years as the staff writer for Industrial Engineer magazine, where he won a gold GAMMA Award from MAGS for Best Feature. He has written and edited material covering a wide range of topics, including video games, film, manufacturing, and aeronautics.

Steven is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a BA in English.

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