You have heard of Oktoberfest, seen pictures, read articles, and may even have had the opportunity to attend. What is Oktoberfest and what are Beer Steins?
Let’s take a look at some of the background.
Authentic Oktoberfest Beer Steins
“Stein” is a German word meaning stone but comes from the phrase “Stein Krug” meaning stone mug. German steins come in a variety of different materials, some of which include ceramic, glass, wood, metal, and even crystal.
In the 14th Century, the German beer stein started out as a mug or tankard. Pewter lids were attached to the top of these mugs helping to prevent sicknesses carried by flies and insects from entering the tasty German beer.
Although German Beer Steins come in a variety of different materials, the most common is clay. This creates the sturdy base for which beer steins are famous for. The clay is then molded to create unique designs and shapes. The ability to feature engraved and embossed designs wrapping around the exterior of the stein to then be painted with eye-catching artwork makes for a great beer-drinking gift for men.
Authentic German Beer Steins Value
To determine whether your stein with an engraved metal lid is a valuable antique or just a quirky stein collectible, you need to look for clues about how old the stein is, how it was made and in which German factory.
Antique German beer steins value range anywhere from $7 to $5,000.
Oktoberfest Beer Steins
Oktoberfest, what is it and why is it so popular?
Oktoberfest is the world's largest “Volksfest” or German beer festival and travelling fun-fair. It is traditionally held every year in Munich located in the German state of Bavaria. It is a glorious 16-to-18-day festival running from around mid or late September to the first Sunday in October. More than six million people from around the world attend this incredible cultural German event every year.
If you would love to enjoy the spirit of the event, but can’t pack your bags and catch a flight, could authentic German Beer Steins with a metal lid make the perfect German gift and add to the atmosphere of your own at-home Oktoberfest party?