Antique beer steins, mugs and tankards are prized for their craftsmanship and colorful ornamentation and scenes. They can be found in many styles and materials, including copper, pewter, silver, pottery, ivory, porcelain, glass and wood. Many steins were imported to the U.S. from Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially from the city of Mettlach, whose potteries produced thousands of the vessels.

The beer stein had its origins in the mid-1500's along the Rhine river in Germany, when small towns began producing functional drinking vessels decorated by enameling and glazing. Each town or area adding their own flair or nuance. By the 1860s, factories around Westerwald and Dresden began producing ornamental steins for display, and continued doing so until WW1, from which the industry never fully recovered.

Lately there's been renewed interest in collecting beer steins with unique designs, including reproductions of works by famous artists. Designs reflect everything from historical battles to comical faces and even car racing and baseball. While many steins have been produced and marketed as collectibles, the most valuable continue to be pre-1900 German handmade steins.


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Video: New German beer hall/sports bar to open in Norwich city centre
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press, April 17th

The new £800,000 venue in Upper King Street will be based on a German beer hall downstairs, with two-pint steins of beer on sale, while upstairs there will be a 26m circumference bar counter shaped like a hot tub with sport on TV and DJs. Customers...Read more

Burlington County and Beyond Calendar for April 17 - 23
Burlington County Times, April 16th

Regional microbrews, handmade beer steins, food pairings, live music and a silent auction are featured. .... Three stages of live music, an antique and classic auto show and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle display are part of the day. Several food courts...Read more

Schroeder's Will Reopen In May With New, 'Upscale' German Fare
SFist, April 16th

Schroeder's has been known for many decades not just for its big steins of beer and polka bands, but also for its very traditional German food, like sausages, schnitzel, and sauerbraten. The beer program is getting a makeover, but I'm sure it'll be...Read more

Joseph's Steakhouse
The Advocate, April 16th

Eileen: A handsome carved bar greets guests with a bartender dressed in a white shirt, bow tie and apron and German beer steins lining the walls. Lee: It's an oasis neighboring an insane traffic circle, a highway on-ramp and nondescript office buildings...Read more

German castles, cruises, boars in Cochem, Germany
Boston Globe, April 12th

Mud-spattered Dutch cyclists hoist their beer steins for a picture in front of the Old Dutch Cochem, a popular bar on Oberbachstrasse. We reach Schlossstrasse and begin climbing up the steeply angled street leading to the Reichsburg. Midway, we stop to ...Read more

Sonnenalp hosts Bavarian Springtoberfest on Saturday
Vail Daily News, April 12th

VAIL — Raise your stein and say “Prost!” at the Sonnenalp Springtoberfest, an Oktoberfest-style celebration happening at the Sonnenalp Hotel on Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m.. The Sonnenalp is collaborating with Paulaner Munchen, the official beer of...Read more

German Heritage Fest set for Saturday
Stuttgart Daily Leader, April 11th

Visitors will have the chance to peruse a variety of local and out-of-town vendor booths throughout the festival, including jewelry, genealogy, German beer steins and German pastas and desserts. Arkansas artist Celia Storey, whose pottery is available...Read more

German Heritage Festival planned for Saturday in Stuttgart
Stuttgart Daily Leader, April 8th

Visitors will have the chance to peruse a variety of local and out-of-town vendor booths throughout the festival, including jewelry, genealogy, German beer steins and German pastas and desserts. Arkansas artist Celia Storey, whose pottery is available...Read more