Why Do Beer Steins Have Lids, Glass Bottoms, Badges, and Artwork?

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In order to differentiate steins from each other, producers came up with an array of defining features. That’s why there are versions with ornate lids, artwork, badges, and glass bottoms.  

The glass bottom shows the quality of the beer, while lids provide protection. Badges show the village, town, or regions, where the beer stein was created. 

Why are beer steins so different?

Breweries and establishments started to customize steins. Various regions introduced their own design motifs. In some cases, every brewery had its own design.  

Where does the name come from?

A beer stein is a beer container or vessel with a handle and a lid. Some also use the word “tankard” to mean a stein.  

What are beer steins made of?

German beer steins are typically made of ceramic, porcelain, silver, or glass. They can also be made out of crystal, earthenware, wood, and other materials. 

Are beer steins safe to drink from?

Make sure to wash your stein properly before using it to avoid any accumulated bacteria or mold. Many steins, especially vintage ones, should be washed by hand. If you take care of your beer stein properly, it will serve you for many years.   

Why do beer steins have lids?

Steins were first created due to sanitary regulations. People liked them, so the form has remained mostly the same. All lids have a thumb-lift, a lever that you raise with the thumb to open the lid. 

Why do beer steins have badges or artwork on them?

Adding artwork on beer steins was a sign of distinction. It showed the manufacturer’s prowess and craftsmanship. Plus, without decoration, basic beer steins all look very similar. 

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