‘Come and Take It’: Lone Star celebrates Texas Independence Day with special cans

Lone Star is celebrating Texas Independence Day next week with cans carrying a well-known slogan on them. (Dave Thomas / American-Statesman)

Texans have a lot of state pride. Which means that, for us, Texas Independence Day is just about as important as the Fourth of July. 

And now we have a beer to celebrate with.

Lone Star, the so-called national beer of Texas, has gotten a temporary makeover in honor of our beloved state’s 182nd birthday — the day, in 1836, when we gained our freedom from Mexico and became a republic (for the next nine years only, but we dearly love that Texas was once its own country). 

In time for March 2, the official Texas Independence Day, Lone Star is releasing more than 10 million commemorative cans with the slogan “Come and Take It” featured in large, pride-inspiring letters. The blue and red cans will come in 12 oz., 16 oz. and 24 oz. sizes.

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You know what “Come and Take It” refers to, right? It’s a famous piece of Texas trivia, as the motto that Texas settlers adopted at the Battle of Gonzales, or what soon became the first battle of the Texas Revolution.

The town of Gonzales had a small cannon the Mexican government had given the settlers there to protect themselves against frequent Comanche raids. But when relations between Texas and Mexico began to deteriorate — leading to Texas’ outright revolt in 1835 — Mexico wanted it back.

Needless to say, the Texas settlers didn’t let that happen. About 140 Texians gathered at Gonzales, bearing a flag with the image of a cannon and the now-famous words “Come and Take It” as the Mexican soldiers drew near. The fighting lasted only a few hours before the Mexican troops withdrew.

Relive this high point in Texas history when you pick up a 12-pack of Lone Star at your nearest grocery store.

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