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We’ve covered many facets of German culture and tradition, but what we haven’t really broken down yet are German beer steins. First, let me clarify that the term “beer stein” isn’t used within Germany, but rather outside of Germany. In Germany a beer stein would be called a “Steinkrug” or just “Krug”.

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german beer steins 101

German Beer Steins 101

We’ve covered many facets of German culture and tradition, but what we haven’t really broken down

yet are German beer steins. First, let me clarify that the term “beer stein” isn’t used within Germany,

but rather outside of Germany. In Germany a beer stein would be called a “Steinkrug” or just “Krug”.

The first part of “Steinkrug” is where we get “beer stein” from. It literallymeans “Stoneware jug/mug”.

Beer steins could be made from a few different materials such as earthenware, pewter, wood, ceramics,

crystal, porcelain, creamware, silver, or glass. Aside from being made from varying materials, beer steins

also come in different liquid capacities. They can be 1/4L (liter) to more than 1L, however they are

typically around ½L. The classic beer stein look we recognize today was introduced to Germany in the

14th century when a lid was added for sanitary reasons. Since the plague was running rampant during

the time, Germans were directed to use drink containers with lids to keep out any potential hazards

such as flies which carried the plague.

When you imagine a beer stein what comes to mind? The ornate pewter lids and detailed handcrafted

art on the body? They were not originally such intricate items. In the 14th century beer steins were

rather plain and one colour. Overtime etching, engraving, sculpting, and carefully hand painting the

steins become more and more common. The trademark look did not really take hold of the beer stein

world until the 17th century. Once the beer steins did become more decorative, the steins became

easier to distinguish by region as each region had their own style.

German beer steins today are very collectible and are very treasured by many people around the world;

there is a big market for them! Why not take a look for yourself? AllSteins.com is a website that

specializes in imported German hand crafted beer steins from the most famous brands. All Steins is

owned by Ernst Licht Imports, the top US importer of German goods. Get out there and get yourself a

beautiful stein! Visit - German Lederhosen