It’s only right that German beer steins command respect and interest as they have been around for at least 700 years dating back to the 14th century when Germany first created a law requiring a protective lid for all beverage containers. This was needed to protect the consumer from the bubonic or black plague which was raging through Germany. The beer stein was not only an answer to this crisis, but a work of art and a proud edition to most homes. They began to become status symbols and collection items.
The German beer stein tells a story.
The beautiful German beer stein pictured above depicts as the title states “auf wiedersehn” or “good bye” in German. A lady stands in the window gazing down at her gentleman and wishing him a fond adieu, probably praying for his safe return as he leaves on his journey. One could weave their own tale to this beautifully created and painted picture. This German beer stein has a limited edition of 2500 pieces worldwide, so this would truly be a remarkable addition to any serious collector’s group. The lid is designed of durable and beautiful polished pewter.
The German beer stein also represents a family’s coat of arms.
The current coat of arms of Bulgaria is adapted from the original version originating from the period of 1927-1946. This Bulgarian beer stein bears a design similar to the earlier design which was first used by Tsar Ferdinand I in 1887- 1918. The original gold lion was kept but the coat of arms of arms of the Soviet Union was dropped when communist rule ended in 1989. It was intended to be a symbol of independence and the sovereignty of the Bulgarian people and state and the coat of arms is depicted in ways that are in keeping with the law regarding state seals so they must be authentic and standardized to be displayed and used. The crown signifies royalty.
The motto “Unity renders power” is printed below the crest. The large colorfully hand painted stoneware beer stein was handcrafted in Germany and is topped with a beautifully polished pewter lid. It stands 10 ¼ inches and holds a generous half a liter of fluid. This beautiful German beer stein has a limited edition of 10,000 pieces.
German beer steins represent history.
This exquisitely decorated 16 inch beer stein is “wrapped” in the Lord’s Prayer written in German. It holds one and half liters of fluid and is topped with a polished pewter lid and an ornately decorated cross
Sometimes one tends to think of beer and beer steins in conjunction with beer drinkers, a rough and crude group, but this could not be further from the truth. Beer has its beginning before the birth of Christ and was an important part of the diet. Monks brewed beer and actually used the sale of beer to assist the monastery and the poor. Many a devout and devoted Christian is a moderate drinker, which is nothing to be ashamed of.
The German beer stein is useful.
Beer is not harmful when consumed in moderation. Medical studies have proven that moderate drinking is not harmful and is in fact beneficial in reducing the risk of brain deterioration, dementia and high cholesterol. So whether you want to buy a beautiful German heritage beer stein, or several, they are not just decorative but useful.
Oktoberfest beer steins represent celebration.
When King Ludwig I was just a prince he wanted Bavaria to share in the happy celebration as he married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. He organized a horse race and party with an estimated 40,000 guests. Beer flowed freely toasting to the merriment. Oktoberfest continues to be celebrated every third year, although it is commonly held without the horse race but with a state agricultural show, parade, shows, beer drinking, food stands and merriment. A similar celebration dubbed “the largest authentic Oktoberfest” in the U.S. draws approximately 500,000 people annually.
This hand painted Oktoberfest beer stein has a limited edition of 5,000 pieces worldwide.