Beer Collectibles, Antiques And Rarities

Author: Jim Huinink        Posted: 2018-02-09

The world of beer collectibles is a fascinating little corner of the world that breweriana aficionados and lovers ought to know more about. Among the many collectibles you can find include bottles and cans, posters from past eras, openers and, of course, beer steins. With almost any of these products there are antiques and rarities that can provide a fascinating window into history.

Beer bottles and cans

Beer bottles have changed continually over the years. "Stubbies" are considered very collectible by many but there are also a variety of other sizes and styles. In antique beer bottles, you may find country painted bottles, large and small bottles, as well as vintage collectible bottles.

Similarly, numerous changes to the beer canning process over the years have left some vintage beer cans in their wake. Some oddball but still very cool collectible beer cans include cone tops and flat tops. We have seen many beer can collections come through our store containing hundreds of unopened beer cans from America's - and the world's - brewing past.

Beer posters

Many people are rightly fascinated by beer posters and advertising from the past. Many of these posters contain culturally antiquated ideas (including racism and sexism, of course) and you can find many beer poster advertisements that have been well preserved and make excellent conversation pieces for your home or commercial bar. Some of the most famous posters are from the prohibition and pre-prohibition eras.

Bottle openers also have a fascinating and varied past, including many flat figural bottle openers with a wide variety of designs and embossings. The online bottle openers collectors club called Just For Openers has over 250 members worldwide.

Beer Steins

While beer steins are made all over the world in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles, the most collectible are the original German lidded steins, the older the better. The earliest beer steins came into use sometime in the fifteenth or sixteenth centuries and any stein made before the twentieth century is highly covetable.
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