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.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Beer Stein Library

Beer Stein Library

Though partially restricted to members-only, this site has a huge amount of free, publicly available and incredibly… [read review or visit site]

Red Fox Chapter

Red Fox Chapter

The guys at the Connecticut Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America have created a full-on tribute to t… [read review or visit site]

Bottle Cap Index

Bottle Cap Index

Assembled by Gunther Rademacher with the help of several other contributors, this collection of over half a million… [read review or visit site]

British Beer Labels

British Beer Labels

This pre-1965 collection is organized alphabetically by brand and contains scans of seemingly thousands of beautif… [read review or visit site]

Plopsite.de

Plopsite.de

Norbert Lamping's collection of 600+ ceramic bottle stoppers, Hutter stoppers, swingtops, swivel stoppers, and ligh… [read review or visit site]

Bock Beer Labels

Bock Beer Labels

A quick tour of pre-Prohibition bock beer label designs with nice, high resolution scans. Do the whole slide show o… [read review or visit site]

Trappist Beers and Monks

Trappist Beers and Monks

An interesting site dedicated to Trappist beers and the history of the development of beer brewed by Trappist Bened… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Tritschler & Tiesse Malting Co. Clinton Iowa Beer Mug Villeroy & Boch Mettlach Original Antique German Artillery Regimental Military Beer Stein, Prism, Lion Large Antique 18thc Chinese Qing Qianlong Famille Rose Porcelain Tankard / MugMettlach Stein Art Nouveau, Model 2701 (decor 180)Tough Old Tankard Ale By Pabst With Curved Lettering Oi - Flat Top Beer Can Antique Solid Silver Tiffany & Co Tankard. Rare Collectable Piece L@@kJim Rumph Ceramic Tankard Mug The Duke! John WayneAntique Stroh's Beer Brewing Advertising Mug Stein Blue Salt Glaze StonewarePabst Old Tankard Ale Oi- Flat Top Beer Can Rare German Mettlach Master Pouring Stein 2761 Art Nouveau Antique Mettlach German Stein Tankard # 2828 Wartburg Castle Lid 1/2 Liter SizeLarge Antique 1 Liter Pschorr Brau (munich) Advertising Lidded Beer SteinRussian 84 Silver Covered Cup/tankard, Moskow, 1854Vintage Bud Man Budweiser Lidded Beer Stein Mug Ceramarte Made In BrazilStein's Canandaigua Flat TopWhimsical Peterson's Tankard, Very Goodd Condition!1980 Budweiser Beer First 1st Holiday Champion Clydesdale Ceramarte Brazil SteinAntique 20thc Royal Doulton Lambeth Ware & Solid Silver Tankard, Asprey Co C1941John Gund Brewing, Lacrosse Wi Beer Mug..villeroy & Boch Mettlach Germany, 1898 Lovely Old Queen Victoria Jubilee Tankard - Copeland Spode 18971981 Budweiser Holiday Stein Mug Clydesdale 2nd Snowy Woodlands ChristmasSet Of 4 Viking Drinking Horn Mug Goblet Chalice Tankard Beer Wine Mead PaganThe Joe Greene Collector Stein Pittsburgh Steelers Danbury Mint Team CollectorsRare German Mettlach Master Pouring Stein 2757 Art Nouveau Antique Pre 1900s Mettlach Etched Lidded Beer Stein The Four Seasons #1972 Old Merkelbach & Wick Cameo Etched Lidded Stein: Lindau / Bodensee / Lake SceneAntique German Stein Villeroy & Boch Decorated By Friedrich Van Hauten On 1894Colorful Antique Mettlach 1/2 L Beer Stein 2 Girls & Troubadour By H Schlitt VgcRare 1981 Budweiser Holiday Beer Stein Mint Christmas Cs50 Snowy Woodland Birch Antique C 1899 Thewalt German Stein Hunters Farewell 320 Franz Defregger YqzVintage Porcelain German Regimental Military Train Beer Stein, Lithopane, MintAntique 18th Century German English Continental Or Colonial 1779 Faience Stein1981 Budweiser Holiday Beer Stein Mug "snow Covered Birch Trees" ~ Exc. Cond.Lidded Stein** German Infantry Regiment**dated 1892 - 1894**hand Painted**nice!!Budweiser 100 Year Anniversary Salt & Pepper Beer Stein Shakers 1876-1976 Rare!Pittsburgh Steelers Danbury Mint Jerome Bettis Collector Stein ColectorsPair Of Vintage German Beer SteinsVintage German Mettlach Beer Stein - 5 L.- 8 1/2" Tall - Excellent Cond.*Hudepohl Back Bar Chalk Stein Cincinnati Ohio 1960 Near MintBeautiful R S Prussia Mold 207 Hex Tankard, Pink Roses,white Floral-rm-10 1/2"Set Of 2 Vintage West German Handmade Original Lerchen Lidded Beer Steins18th Century English Pewter Tankard, Ca. 1740 - Nr1/2 Pt Tankard Award Trophy Frank Sheene ( Barry )1938 Bmcrc Moto Gp Suberbike 1980 Budweiser Holiday Beer Stein Christmas Mug 1st In Series Ceramarte / BrazilVictorian Pewter Tankard Engraved "a. Lewis Kings Heart Pub Ferry Stratford"Rugby School Marcus Trevelyan Martin Silver Cup Trophy Tankard Medal Fob TokenAntique English 18th Century Pewter Tankard - NrVintage Musterschutz Drunken Monkey SteinLarge Pewter Beer Stein 1.75 Liter Antique Beer Stein With Rare Native American Lid Inlay By O'hara Dial Co.Vintage Drewrys Beer Lighted Bottle Stein Sign Nos South Bend Ind. Nice Man CaveMettlach Beer SteinAnheuser-busch Beer SteinsGerman 1906/09 Pre-ww1 Regimental Beer Stein W/pewter Lid,lithopaneLarge 7-7/8 Waterford Lismore Pattern Crystal Beer SteinMettlach Stein "women Musicians" Fritz Quidenus Artist Circa 1891-1905428g Fine Navy Interest Solid Silver Pint Tankard + 2x Decanter LabelsMettlach No. 2002 "city Of Munich" Stein, Dated 1897Tradex Corona German Stein Turtle 1998 5th Edition Limited As IsBudweiser Ceramarte Cs24 Variation A & Eagle Label Stein No Reserve

Recent News: Beer Steins

Source: Google News

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO
Florida Weekly, March 25th

It offers four rides in the morning: a 62, 30, 15 and a 10-mile Mystery Tour, as well as a City Manager's History ride at 1 p.m. The event starts at 7 a.m. and includes breakfast, lunch, a free beer and a T-shirt.$20 in advance; $45 at the ... Farmers...Read more

Vintage clothing is back in fashion
azcentral.com, February 17th

Q: I inherited an antique beer stein from my grandfather. It appears to be made from milk glass or porcelain with a cast-pewter top. Written in German calligraphy is "Froh erwache jeden morgan. Trink dein topfchen ohne Sorgen," or, in translation...Read more

Alabama Cop Arrested for Takedown That Left Indian Grandfather Partially ...
WPEC, February 13th

NTSB investigating · Cops: Man forced beer down 1-year-old's throat; mom then slapped him for vomiting · PBC School District Suspends Florida Standards Assessment testing following computer glitches · Air traffic control vunerable to hacking, new...Read more

David Rose charged again with conning investors
The Courier-Journal, February 3rd

Before his schemes collapsed, David Rose was known for his collection of exotic antique cars and for building a replica of a 1950s rural town on a 140-acre farm in Warren County. In a series of stories in 2006, The Courier-Journal described how he and...Read more

The Evolution of a Big Mountain Icon
Flathead Beacon, January 28th

Its beer-begrimed, boot-battered floors have hosted untold leg-wrestling matches, and the rough-hewn timber beams and walls remain festooned with a hodgepodge of historic ski posters, antique signs, sepia-toned photographs, crudely carved names and...Read more

Longtime patron breaks with theater group after donation fight
Chinook Observer, January 20th

She contributed five boxes of collectibles, including antique German beer steins, a set of classic books, and a samovar and nesting dolls from Russia. According to Miller, Lindberg agreed to price the items and provide her with a receipt for tax purposes...Read more

The Restaurants Of Westchester's Train Stations
Westchester Magazine, January 15th

So it's only fitting that our grand old station houses, languishing in the face of ticket machines and climate-controlled platform shelters, should become the last bastion of locomotive luxury. One after another ... On the New Haven Line, it's beer and...Read more

Turn-of-the-Century Style Beer Hall Opens Next to Columbia
DNAinfo, September 25th

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — Elaborate porcelain German beer steins are stacked high in a dark antique cabinet, turn-of-the-century lamps glow and sepia-tone photos of carousing New Yorkers line the walls of the cavernous new beer hall Bernheim ...Read more