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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Florida Weekly, October 30th

Wine & Music - D'Vines hosts a Happy Halloween Party and a free Oktoberfest Beer Tasting with Ms. Chrissie at 7 p.m. Claire Litke plays spooky and kooky Halloween favorites. 701 JC Center Ct. 627-9463. .... Farmers Market - The Punta Gorda Historical...Read more

The Pantry stocks up Hillcrest
Arkansas Times, October 29th

Rather,The Pantry is about comfort food — rustic, simple and well-made dishes that hearty eaters can enjoy over a stein of imported beer or one of the excellent cocktails stirred up at the bar. It's a place that works best with a large group, as many...Read more

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Mason City Globe Gazette, October 23rd

A Bavarian dance troupe from the University of Northern Iowa will also perform and dance with members of the public. The troupe, under the direction of Mandy Masmar, UNI dance faculty, will dress in traditional Bavarian costumes. Mason City High School...Read more

At Demetria Kalodimos' The Filming Station, the past isn't thrown away, it's ...
Nashville Scene, October 23rd

People like Olde Worlde Theatre Company founder Richard Stein, who did the courtyard's brickwork, and wizardly musical carpenter Bill Schleicher, who she says shares her eye for inventive reuse: "We're dangerous as a duo." She conducts the tour in an...Read more

Hofbrauhaus Columbus heads for Tuesday opening
Columbus Dispatch, October 22nd

Courtney Hergesheimer | THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Hofbrauhaus at Grandview Yard will serve beer made on the premises to customers seated at traditional long wooden tables. Courtney Hergesheimer | THE COLUMBUS ... Bavarian charm is everywhere, from the...Read more

Trip Tips: Beyond the beaches in Tampa Bay
Reuters, October 9th

At the stop for the Grand Central District near downtown,(, you will find dozens of independently owned galleries, cafes, antique shops and restaurants: places to try your hand at painting, jewelry-making and pottery. Listen to...Read more

Blues, brews & barbecue
The Recorder, October 8th

Contests will include a Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Competition, Curious Traveler Shandy Mustache Contest, Table Talk Pie Eating Contest, a Lee Oskar Harp (Harmonica) Contest, Lefty's Brewing Co. Keg Toss, Lefty's Brewing Co. Barrel Roll. Free parking ...Read more

Cheers to Asheville fall festivals
Asheville Citizen-Times, October 2nd

Next up: Oktoberfest, Oct. 11, in downtown's burgeoning brewery district, the south slope. ... Think lederhosen and the Oktoberfest games, in which breweries compete against each other in a stein race, pretzel toss, stein hoist and keg-rolling contest...Read more