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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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

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Oct. 10-12: Eat, drink and be scary
Bangor Daily News, October 9th

Juke Rockets Friday night, and Tonka toy truck restorations, antique cars and much more. 4. One of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the state has got to be the annual Swine & Stein event in Gardiner. From 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday...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

Dining out: The Red Hen and Tavro 13 celebrating Oktoberfest, October 1st

Right next to Tavro 13 in Swedesboro, in the same historic building that was once housed the Old Swedes Inn, The Red Hen, a family restaurant, opened its doors seven months ago, said Ilse Pope, manager and events coordinator at both restaurants...Read more

Beer, winery events top October in Michigan
Port Huron Times Herald, September 25th

Those include a souvenir Bell's beer stein, admission to an event called "Friday Evening Beer School," and two drink tokens. Tickets are available online at (OK, we checked on what meat-centric means. And it means...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