Posted 5 years ago
I was at Goodwill looking for steins and there it was in the display case. It was dirty and really did catch my attention. I asked how much it was. Well $20 sorry but I'll pass so off to our local Chriskindle fest. There I saw a beer stein table set-up and a gentleman selling steins. I was curious about the old dirty stein so I asked. He became very very interested in what I saw. He wanted to know where it was. I felt pressed about the whole thing and would not tell him. At that piont he became less of a gentleman and more of a salesman. Well as the story goes, I had to work the next day so I had my wife go to Goodwill when it opened just hoping it was still there. Yes it was and she bought it for $10. It was half off day. We took it back to the festival and showed the man. I could tell he wanted it and offered $250 on the spot. He seemed upset when I told him "no". I took it to the Hofbrauhaus in Newport Ky. and spoke to the man that seats people. He is a huge collector but new little about it. He said its age was around 1870's. The lid is numbered for the owner to ID his stein. It has a combed finish and a hairline crack yet is still intact and does hold beer. I felt it deserved to be drank from at a Hofbrauhaus and that is where the photo is from. I contacted The real Hofbrauhaus in Germany and they too said it was old and that there are few left today and to not sell it.
So any info on this cool stein with a cool $10 story??
Thanks for reading and putting up with my grammer.
Mike in Cincinnati.